1986 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 506

  • Jan 1 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • 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 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 4 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide
  • 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 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
  • Jan 8 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
  • 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 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 18 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth
  • 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 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
  • Jan 22 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
  • Jan 23 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB
  • 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 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquerors Kampala Uganda
  • 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

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 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • 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 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 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 8 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.
  • 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 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
  • Feb 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously
  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 14 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • 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 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
  • Feb 21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • Feb 22 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • 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 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
  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • 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 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 14 Gary Brolsma, American internet celebrity
  • Feb 7 Michael Orozco, American footballer
  • Feb 9 Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Feb 21 Amedeo, Belgium, son of princess Astrid/arch duke Lorenz
  • Mar 13 Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol
  • Mar 25 Megan Gibson, American softball player
  • Mar 26 Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988
  • Mar 27 Melissa Stern, [Baby M]/[Sara Whitehead], surrogate baby
  • Mar 28 Robert Bowdrie "Bowe" Bergdahl, American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Apr 7 Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity
  • Apr 20 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
  • May 11 Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer
  • May 30 Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney
  • Jul 9 Dominic Cervi, American footballer
  • Jul 27 Ryan Griffen, Australian rules footballer
  • Aug 2 Mathieu Razanakolona, Malagasy skier
  • Aug 3 Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Aug 28 Gilad Shalit, Israeli corporal
  • Sep 1 H Debehogne discovers asteroid #8265 La Silla
  • Sep 10 Hiroki Uchi, Japanese Idol
  • Oct 4 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character (General Hospital)
  • Oct 21 Natalee Holloway, U.S teen, disappeared in Aruba
  • Oct 25 DJ Webstar, American disc jockey
  • Oct 25 Eddie Gaven, American footballer
  • Nov 8 Aaron H. Swartz, computer programmer and internet activist (Demand Progress), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Nov 25 Amber Hagerman, American kidnapping and murder victim, basis of the Amber Alert system (d. 1996)
  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American National Hockey League Player
  • Dec 10 Ryoichi Tsukada, Japanese acrobat

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 12 Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 26 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay

  • Jul 19 Caroline Kennedy (28) weds Edwin Schlossberg (41) at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Massachusetts
  • Jul 23 Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 26 Fashion designer Calvin Klein (43) weds socialite Kelly Rector in a civil ceremony in Italy

Fashion Designer Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
Calvin Klein
  • Oct 16 Marie Osmond marries Brian Blosil

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

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 165

  • Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 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 10 Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 23 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24 L[aFayette] Ron[ald] Hubbard, author (Death Quest), dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Ernst Schnabel, writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 27 L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74
  • 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)
  • Feb 1 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Frederick Coutts, Salvation Army general (b. 1899)
  • Feb 6 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • Feb 11 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • Feb 17 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • Feb 19 James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • Feb 21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)

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Feb 24 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • Feb 28 Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
  • Feb 28 Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Mar 2 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • Mar 2 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • Mar 4 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75

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Mar 4 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

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Mar 6 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Mar 7 Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Fla at 81
  • Mar 8 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • Mar 13 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • Mar 18 Bernard Malamud, US writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • Mar 21 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 John Ciardi, US poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 9 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • Apr 12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)

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Apr 14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author (She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Apr 15 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • Apr 18 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • Apr 22 Mircea Eliade, writer, dies
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79

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Apr 24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 26 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • Apr 29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • May 7 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60

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May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jun 6 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Merle Miller, American biographer (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11 Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80
  • Jun 11 Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 12 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, dies at 76
  • Jun 12 Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, Broadway librettist, dies in NY at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

  • Jun 14 E Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Jun 17 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • Jun 18 Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • Jun 19 Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
  • Jun 19 Len Bias, 1st pick of Celtics, suffers fatal cocaine-induced seizure
  • Jun 19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • Jun 25 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Ida Mae McKenzie, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 29 John P East, (Sen-R-NC), dies at 55
  • Jul 4 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (b. 1899)
  • Jul 6 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 9 Karl-Heinz Beckurts, West german Siemens manager, murdered
  • Jul 9 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 Raymond Loewy, US industrial designer, dies at 92
  • Jul 21 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed