What Happened on August 16, 1986

Historical Events

  • "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Shawn Pyfrom, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Werner Fussan, German composer (Heiteres Aquarium) and educator, dies at 73
1986 Highlights

About August 16, 1986

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 5 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
  • UK #1 Song: The Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh