On This Day

What Happened in August 1986

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A's, 10-1

Music History

Aug 1 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma

  • Aug 2 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • Aug 2 TODAY/PC born today

Historic Event

Aug 2 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Great Britain & Ireland beats the US 13-5, the visitors first win on American soil
  • Aug 2 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Senior PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years

Hall of Fame

Aug 3 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 3 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • Aug 4 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season
  • Aug 4 Reports of probable OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement on output quotas sends oil prices higher
  • Aug 5 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5,000m world record (14:37.33) in Stockholm, Sweden

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds

  • Aug 5 US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")
  • Aug 5 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
  • Aug 6 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • Aug 6 Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
  • Aug 7 "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 7 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
  • Aug 8 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • Aug 9 "Honky Tonk Nights" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Aug 10 "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 1420 performances

Sports History

Aug 10 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired

  • Aug 10 Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway NYC

Sports History

Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cardinals to a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh Pirates, in St. Louis

PGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bob Tway holes a famous bunker shot on the 18th to beat Australian Greg Norman by 2 stokes

  • Aug 12 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • Aug 12 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • Aug 12 Iran fires missile at refinery near Baghdad; Iraq raids Iranian terminal at Sirri Island severely disrupting Iranian exports
  • Aug 13 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)

Historic Event

Aug 14 Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto arrested

  • Aug 14 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days

Historic Event

Aug 15 US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

  • Aug 16 Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed
  • Aug 16 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

#1 in the Charts

Aug 16 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

  • Aug 17 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • Aug 17 Rioting at DMC concert at Long Beaxh (California) Convention Center - 40 injured
  • Aug 17 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • Aug 18 Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness
  • Aug 18 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia PA on WYSP 94.1 FM
  • Aug 18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • Aug 18 John Tesh's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • Aug 18 WYSP-FM Philadelphia begins simulcasting Howard Stern Show
  • Aug 19 Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 20 Postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers dead in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Aug 20 Phils Don Carmen perfect game bid is broken in 9th
  • Aug 21 "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

World Record

Aug 21 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

  • Aug 21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • Aug 21 Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
  • Aug 21 Lake Nyos volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases a poisonous gas cloud of carbon dioxide, killing 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock
  • Aug 21 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
  • Aug 22 NASA announces tests designed to verify ignition pressure dynamics

Film Release

Aug 22 "Stand By Me" film based on the novella by Stephen King, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell is released

  • Aug 23 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances; nominated for 6 Tony Awrads

Baseball Record

Aug 25 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

  • Aug 25 Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon's seventh solo album "Graceland", a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies
  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 26 Robert Chambers, the "Preppie Killer" murders Jennifer Levin in New York City's Central Park, afterwards claimed "rough sex" as motive
  • Aug 27 Protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11 week rent boycott
  • Aug 28 Bolivia president Victor Paz Estensoro calls state of siege
  • Aug 28 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium

Music History

Aug 28 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California

  • Aug 28 US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying
  • Aug 29 Heike Drechsler of East Germany ties world women's 200 m mark (21.71s)
  • Aug 29 Moroccan King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya
  • Aug 30 Yuriy Sedykh of the Soviet Union sets new world hammer throw record 86.74m (284 ft 6 in) in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • Aug 30 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
  • Aug 30 43rd Venice Film Festival: "Le rayon vert" directed by Eric Rohmer wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 31 Aeromexico DC-9 & small plane collide in LA, killing 82 (15 on the ground)
  • Aug 31 Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Andrew Taylor, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Hartlepool, England
  • Aug 1 Anton Strålman, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Tibro, Sweden
  • Aug 1 Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Aug 2 Mathieu Razanakolona, Malagasy-Canadian skier, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 3 Charlotte Casiraghi, Daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco
  • Aug 5 Paula Creamer, American golfer (US Open 2010), born in Mountain View, California
  • Aug 8 Peyton List, American actress (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), born in Florida
  • Aug 11 Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
  • Aug 13 Joseph Lapira, American soccer player, born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 14 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Aug 14 Young Deuces [Rudy Strong], American hip-hop artist, and rapper (Streetz-n-Young Deuce; Son Of A Soldier), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 16 Shawn Pyfrom, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 16 Yu Darvish [Farid Yu Darvishsefat], Iranian-Japanese NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 10X All-Star (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, 2005-11; Texas Rangers, 2012-17; San Diego Padres, and 2 other teams), born in Habikino, Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 17 Bryton McClure, American actor (Richie-Family Matters), born in Lakewood, California
  • Aug 17 Rudy Gay, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player, born in Batton, Rouge, Louisiana
  • Aug 19 Saori Kimura, Japanese volleyball player, born in Yashio, Japan

Christina Perri

Aug 19 Christina Perri, American singer-songwriter ("Jar Of Hearts"), born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Usain Bolt

Aug 21 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (Olympic gold 100m/200m 2008, 12, 16), born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica

  • Aug 22 Keiko Kitagawa, Japanese actress, born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 23 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 23 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 24 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, born in Silver Spring, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • Aug 24 Arian Foster, American football running back (Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 26 Cassie [Ventura], American singer (Me & U) and actress, born in New London, Connecticut
  • Aug 27 Mario [Barrett], American R&B singer ("Let Me Love You"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 27 Sebastian Kurz, Austrian politician, Austrian Chancellor (201709), Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 28 Florence Welch, British blues and swing jazz singer (Florence and the Machine), born in London, England
  • Aug 28 Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier held captive in Palestine, born in Nahariya, Israel
  • Aug 28 Armand "Armie" Hammer, American actor, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 29 Lauren Collins, Canadian actress, born in Thornhill, Canada
  • Aug 29 Lea Michele [Sarfati], American actress and singer (Glee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 30 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco), born in Las Vegas,Nevada
  • Aug 31 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player

Famous Weddings

John McEnroe

Aug 1 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
  • Aug 1 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Aug 3 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), dies at 87
  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • Aug 3 Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show), dies at 41
  • Aug 3 Beryl Markham (née Clutterbuck), British-Kenyan; racehorse trainer, aviator, and memoirist, dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Joe Thomas, American jazz tenor saxophonist, vocalist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra), bandleader, and undertaker, dies at 77
  • Aug 3 William B Williams, American DJ (WNEW - Make Believe Ballroom), and TV announcer/second banana (Sammy and Company), dies of acute anemia and respiratory failure at 62
  • Aug 6 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • Aug 9 Jef Scherens, Belgian track cyclist (World C'ships gold sprint 1932-37, 47), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Don McRae, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (1 Test; Canterbury CA) and soccer goalkeeper (1 cap; Nomads United FC), dies at 71
  • Aug 13 Helen Mack, American actress (Son of Kong, Milky Way), dies of cancer at 72
  • Aug 13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • Aug 15 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • Aug 16 Werner Fussan, German composer (Heiteres Aquarium) and educator, dies at 73
  • Aug 19 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck; Maude), dies at 79
  • Aug 19 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Lorenzo Tucker 'the Black Valentino', American actor (Black King), dies at 79
  • Aug 20 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 20 Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • Aug 20 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • Aug 23 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • Aug 25 Allen Case, actor (Deputy, Legend of Jesse James), dies at 51
  • Aug 26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • Aug 26 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Ted Baxter"; Too Close for Comfort), dies of colorectal cancer at 62
  • Aug 30 Ellis Achong, West Indian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 8 wickets; Trinidad; 1st of Chinese descent to play a Test match), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Aug 31 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Urho Kekkonen, 8th President of Finland (1956-81), dies at 85
  • Aug 31 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), dies at 56