Historical Events in 1986

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  • 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
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
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 conquerors 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
  • Feb 1 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • Feb 2 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances
  • Feb 2 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 2 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • Feb 2 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • Feb 3 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

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Feb 3 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Feb 4 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford
  • Feb 4 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner

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Feb 5 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 6 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

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Feb 7 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 7 Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Feb 8 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • Feb 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 8 1984 Summer Olympics LAPD bomb squad chief Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit are killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 8 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • Feb 9 36th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 139-132 at Dallas
  • Feb 9 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
  • Feb 9 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
  • Feb 9 Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title
  • Feb 9 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 9 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
  • Feb 9 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
  • Feb 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously
  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • Feb 14 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Feb 15 Philipines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 16 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances
  • Feb 16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • Feb 16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • Feb 16 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)
  • Feb 16 Mario Soares (Socialist) elected Portugal's 1st civilian pres
  • Feb 16 28th Daytona 500: Geoffrey Bodine wins (148.124 MPH)
  • Feb 17 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
  • Feb 17 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • Feb 17 Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
  • Feb 17 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
  • Feb 18 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix
  • Feb 19 King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
  • Feb 19 US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • Feb 19 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration

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Feb 20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, NY

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School

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Feb 21 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Feb 22 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Feb 23 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • Feb 23 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
  • Feb 24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • Feb 24 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
  • Feb 25 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
  • Feb 25 Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines, Marcos flees the country
  • Feb 25 Iran conquerors Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • Feb 25 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
  • Feb 26 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • Feb 26 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Feb 27 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
  • Feb 28 European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade
  • Feb 28 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • Mar 2 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational
  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 4 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km

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Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 13 12th People's Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 16 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Dept announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)
  • Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government
  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)
  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 22 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 23 6th Golden Raspberry Awards: Rambo: First Blood Part II wins
  • Mar 23 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • Mar 23 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • Mar 24 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win
  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)