On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1986

Historical Events

  • Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"

Famous Deaths

  • Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), dies at 49
  • Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
1986 Highlights

About April 17, 1986

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 7 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries