Historical Events in 1986

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  • Jan 1st Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao

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Jan 1st Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jan 1st International Peace Year begins
  • Jan 1st NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • Jan 1st Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 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
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 1st 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1st 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1st 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • Jan 2nd 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

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

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

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

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

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Jan 7th US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

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

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Jan 20th 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 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

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Jan 28th "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Jan 28th 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
  • Jan 28th Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 29th 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 29th Yoweri Museveni sworn in as president of Uganda
  • Jan 31st Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
  • Feb 1st KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • Feb 2nd "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances
  • Feb 2nd Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 2nd 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 2nd NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • Feb 2nd Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • Feb 3rd US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident
  • Feb 3rd OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

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Feb 3rd The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

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

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Feb 5th 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 6th NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • Feb 7th US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

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Feb 7th 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 7th 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 8th 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • Feb 8th US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 8th 1984 Summer Olympics head of the LAPD bomb squad, Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit were killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs when they responded to a call. McCree was recognized as one of the top explosive experts in the world.

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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