What Happened on August 21, 1986

Historical Events

Cricket Record

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

  • Lake Nyos volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases a poisonous gas cloud of carbon dioxide, killing 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock
  • Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances, receives 6 Tony Award nominations
  • Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
  • With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
1986 History

Famous Birthdays

Usain BoltUsain Bolt (36 years old)

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

Born in 1986

About August 21, 1986

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 7 months and 5 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: I Want To Wake Up With You - Boris Gardiner