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

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? 34 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries