On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1986

Historical Events

  • 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
  • NCAA Basketball Rules Committee votes to adopt the 3-point shot beginning the 1986-87 season; sets college distance at 19 feet, 9 inches, compared to 21 feet in the NBA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 47th and 48th goals of the season in an 8-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks to break Bobby Orr's NHL record for most goals by a defenseman

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey

Famous Birthdays

  • Andris Biedriņš, Latvian basketball center (Golden State Warriors 2004-13; 510 games), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch soccer midfielder (53 caps; PSV Eindhoven), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
1986 Highlights

About April 2, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 5 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries