On This Day

What Happened on April 15, 1986

Historical Events

  • The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
  • US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket

Famous Birthdays

  • Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJean Genet

Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), dies of throat cancer at 75

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Tim McIntire, American actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
1986 Highlights

About April 15, 1986

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 3 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries