What Happened in January 1986

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao

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Jan 1 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jan 1 International Peace Year begins
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • Jan 1 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 1 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • Jan 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

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Jan 2 NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 4 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide

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Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 6 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 6 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 6 STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • Jan 7 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes
  • Jan 7 STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems

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Jan 7 US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 8 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan 9 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
  • Jan 10 Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Jan 10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • Jan 11 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • Jan 12 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • Jan 12 Chic Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
  • Jan 13 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • Jan 13 South Yemen Pres Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • Jan 13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • Jan 14 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect
  • Jan 14 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only 2nd freely elected president of Guatemala since CIA-sponsored coup in 1954
  • Jan 15 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • Jan 16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • Jan 16 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 17 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 18 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth
  • Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • Jan 18 NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46)
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million

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Jan 19 Israeli Premier Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Jan 19 Spain recognizes Israel

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Jan 20 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 20 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Canal)
  • Jan 20 Milt coup in Lesotho under gen-mjr Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • Jan 21 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
  • Jan 22 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
  • Jan 23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Jan 23 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 24 43rd Golden Globes: Out of Africa, Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

  • Jan 24 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • Jan 24 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president
  • Jan 24 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • Jan 24 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala Uganda
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champ
  • Jan 26 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala Uganda
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Jan 28 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Jan 28 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
  • Jan 28 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 29 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 29 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as president of Uganda
  • Jan 31 Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Glen Davis, American basketball player
  • Jan 1 Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • Jan 3 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
  • Jan 3 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • Jan 4 James Milner, English footballer
  • Jan 4 Steve Slaton, American football player
  • Jan 5 Deepika Padukone, Indian model and actress
  • Jan 5 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor and singer
  • Jan 6 Paul McShane, Irish footballer
  • Jan 6 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • Jan 7 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer
  • Jan 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (d. 2003)
  • Jan 8 David Silva, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 10 Saleisha Stowers, American model
  • Jan 12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 13 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • Jan 14 Gary Brolsma, American internet celebrity
  • Jan 14 Cristina Aicardi, Peruvian badminton player
  • Jan 15 Fred Davis, American football player
  • Jan 16 Mason Gamble, actor (Dennis the Menace)
  • Jan 21 Coffin Joe, English drummer (The Horrors)
  • Jan 22 Lee Pa-ni, South Korean model
  • Jan 22 Daniel Wayne Smith, American actor, reality television personality (d. 2006)
  • Jan 23 Steven Taylor, English footballer
  • Jan 24 Mischa Barton, English-born American actress
  • Jan 24 Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor
  • Jan 25 Chris O'Grady, English footballer
  • Jan 25 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Jan 26 Gerald Green, American basketball player
  • Jan 26 Matt Heafy, American musician (Trivium)
  • Jan 26 Shantelle Taylor, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Jan 28 Shruti Haasan, Indian actress
  • Jan 28 Jessica Ennis, English heptathlete
  • Jan 29 Mark Howard, English football player
  • Jan 29 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player
  • Jan 29 Chris Bourque, American pro hockey player
  • Jan 29 Drew Tyler Bell, American actor
  • Jan 30 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter
  • Jan 30 Nick Evans, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Britain's greatest golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924)
  • Jan 2 Una Merkel, US actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • Jan 6 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • Jan 7 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily), dies at 79
  • Jan 7 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • Jan 8 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 11 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Donna Reed, actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 14 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 18 Claire James, actress (Jack Armstrong), dies
  • Jan 23 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 L[aFayette] Ron[ald] Hubbard, author (Death Quest), dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • Jan 25 Ernst Schnabel, writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, cricketer (1 Test NZ v Eng 1933, one wkt at 113), dies
  • Jan 27 L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74
  • Jan 27 Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71
  • Jan 28 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Jan 28 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • Jan 28 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Leif Erickson, actor (John-High Chaparral), dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74