What Happened in December 1986

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Muséed'orsay opens in Paris

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Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • Dec 3 Sri Lanka all out 55 v WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
  • Dec 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-7

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Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 6 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 7 Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

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Dec 7 Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Dec 7 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)
  • Dec 8 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)
  • Dec 10 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls
  • Dec 10 France performs nuclear test

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Dec 10 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

Author Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
  • Dec 11 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 11 South Africa censors press
  • Dec 12 David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • Dec 12 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • Dec 12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • Dec 14 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world
  • Dec 15 150 killed during race riot in Karachi

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Dec 15 CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • Dec 15 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift
  • Dec 16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure
  • Dec 17 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee
  • Dec 17 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)

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Dec 17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski

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Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 19 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • Dec 19 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • Dec 19 OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe is released (Best Picture 1987)

  • Dec 20 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • Dec 21 Amy Alcott/Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • Dec 23 Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
  • Dec 24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • Dec 24 Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
  • Dec 26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • Dec 26 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games
  • Dec 26 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run

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Dec 26 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Wash DC
  • Dec 27 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Dec 28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • Dec 31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Dec 31 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • Dec 31 WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Claudiu Keserü, Romanian football player (FC Nantes Atlantique)
  • Dec 4 Martell Webster, American basketball player
  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American National Hockey League Player
  • Dec 8 Amir Khan, English boxer
  • Dec 8 Kate Voegele, American musician
  • Dec 10 Matthew Bates, English footballer
  • Dec 10 Ryoichi Tsukada, Japanese acrobat
  • Dec 12 Perparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
  • Dec 12 Thomas Wansey, English actor
  • Dec 15 Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian supermodel
  • Dec 19 Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer
  • Dec 22 Jeffery Wood, actor (Austin Warren-In The House)
  • Dec 24 Edward Southall, British composer
  • Dec 24 Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007 from Japan
  • Dec 25 Doug Loft, English footballer
  • Dec 28 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer
  • Dec 29 Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (25) weds Iriana (23) in Solo, Central Java

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 Robert L "Bobby" Layne, football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 59
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American Pop and R&B singer ( "Working in the Coal Mine"), dies at 61

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Dec 2 Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 10 Susan Cabot-Roman, actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), dies
  • Dec 11 Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • Dec 13 Heather Angel, actress (Lifeboat, Daniel Boone), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 18 Mamo Clark, actor (1 Million BC, Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island), dies
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 28 Andrei Tarkovsky, dies
  • Dec 28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovski, Russian director (Stalker), dies at 54
  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82
  • Dec 29 [Maurice] Harold MacMillan, PM of Great-Britain (1957-63), dies at 92
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • Dec 31 Lester Albert Trimble, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54