January 1986 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 14 Gary Brolsma, American internet celebrity

Deaths in History

  • 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)