December 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Muséed'orsay opens in Paris
  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • Dec 3 Sri Lanka all out 55 v WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
  • Dec 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-7

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Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

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Dec 7 Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Dec 8 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
  • Dec 10 France performs nuclear test

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Dec 10 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

Author Elie Wiesel
Author
Elie Wiesel
  • Dec 11 South Africa censors press
  • Dec 12 David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • Dec 12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • Dec 12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • Dec 14 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world
  • Dec 15 150 killed during race riot in Karachi

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Dec 15 CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • Dec 15 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift
  • Dec 16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure
  • Dec 17 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee
  • Dec 17 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England

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Dec 17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski

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Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 19 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • Dec 19 OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel
  • Dec 20 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • Dec 23 Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
  • Dec 24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • Dec 24 Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
  • Dec 26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • Dec 26 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
  • Dec 31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Dec 31 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • Dec 31 WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American National Hockey League Player
  • Dec 10 Ryoichi Tsukada, Japanese acrobat

Weddings in History


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

  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 28 Andrei Tarkovsky, dies
  • Dec 28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovski, Russian director (Stalker), dies at 54

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Dec 29 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician, Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)