What Happened in January 1986

Historical Events

  • 1st Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • 1st Barbra Striesand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up
  • 1st International Peace Year begins
  • 1st NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • 1st Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • 1st South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • 1st 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.
  • 1st 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • 1st 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • 1st 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • 2nd 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

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

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

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

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

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7th US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

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

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20th 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

23rd 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
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
James Brown

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

3rd 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

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