What Happened on August 21, 1986

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 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
  • Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
  • With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestUsain Bolt

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

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt