What Happened in December 1986

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Musée d'Orsay opens in Paris

Music History

Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"

  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • Dec 3 Chasing the West Indies 248/5, Sri Lanka is sensationally dismissed for just 55 in cricket's Champions Trophy in Sharjah; Windies pace bowler Courtney Walsh takes 5 for 1 in 4.3 overs

Film & TV History

Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 4 US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7)
  • Dec 6 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 7 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)
  • Dec 8 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)
  • Dec 10 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls
  • Dec 10 France performs nuclear test

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

Sports History

Dec 10 Ivan Lendl repeats previous year's result with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over Boris Becker to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Dec 11 South Africa censors press

Sports History

Dec 12 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide

  • Dec 12 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • Dec 12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • Dec 14 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, takes off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world
  • Dec 15 150 killed during race riot in Karachi
  • Dec 15 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift

Historic Event

Dec 15 CIA director William J. Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

Historic Event

Dec 16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure

Historic Event

Dec 17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

NHL Record

Dec 17 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the 1st period and also records an assist as the Oilers win 5-3 over the visiting Quebec Nordiques; his 41st NHL career hat trick

  • Dec 17 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 17 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee

Film Release

Dec 19 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone, starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe is released (Academy Awards Best Picture & Best Director)

  • Dec 19 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • Dec 19 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • Dec 19 OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel

Historic Event

Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

  • Dec 20 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • Dec 22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • Dec 23 Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
  • Dec 24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • Dec 24 Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
  • Dec 26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • Dec 26 Hartford center Doug Jarvis sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games as the Whalers tie 1-1 after OT against his old club Montreal Canadiens

Sports History

Dec 26 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

  • Dec 26 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 27 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Dec 28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • Dec 31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Dec 31 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • Dec 31 WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 DeSean Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009-10, 13; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 2 Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian soccer forward (37 caps; FC Nantes, Steaua București), born in Oradea, Romania
  • Dec 2 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 3 Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Indian lawyer and activist (Bhim Army), born in Ghadkauli, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Virginia, Minnesota
  • Dec 7 Billy Horschel, American golfer (FedEx Cup 2014, 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Grant, Florida
  • Dec 8 Amir Khan, English boxer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • Dec 8 Kate Voegele, American musician, born in Bay Village, Ohio
  • Dec 10 Matthew Bates, English footballer
  • Dec 10 Ryoichi Tsukada, Japanese acrobat
  • Dec 11 Condola Rashad, American actress (Ruined, Billions), born in New York City
  • Dec 12 Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer, born in Srbica, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Dec 12 Thomas Wansey, English actor (Ace Lightning), born in Oxford
  • Dec 15 Keylor Navas, Costa Rican soccer goalkeeper (100 caps 2021; Lavante UD, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
  • Dec 15 Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian supermodel, born in Sievierodonetsk, Soviet Union
  • Dec 19 Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer
  • Dec 22 Jeffery Wood, American actor (Austin Warren-In The House), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 24 Edward Southall, British composer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Riyo Mori, Japanese actress & model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan

Kit Harington

Dec 26 Kit Harington [Christopher Catesby Harington], English actor (Game of Thrones), born in London, England

  • Dec 27 Metrik [Tom Mundell], British electronic dance music producer and re-mixer ("Freefall"; "Gravity"; “Chasing Sunrise”), born in London, England
  • Dec 27 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold 100m 2008, 12; 9 x World C'ship gold), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 28 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 29 Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress, born in Suncheon, South Korea
  • Dec 30 Ellie Goulding, English singer and songwriter ("Lights", "Anything Could Happen"), born in Hereford, England

Famous Weddings

Harry Morgan

Dec 17 American actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

Joko Widodo

Dec 24 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (25) weds Iriana (23) in Solo, Central Java

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61

Desi Arnaz

Dec 2 (Desiderio) "Desi" Arnaz, Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables),r, dies of lung cancer at 69

  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 3 Bob Howard [Joyner], American swing jazz singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf [Allen], American folk singer-songwriter ("Love Still Remains"; "Across the Great Divide"), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 10 Susan Cabot, American actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), is killed by her son following a psychotic episode at 59
  • Dec 11 Paul Keenan, American actor (Summer Fantasy), dies of AIDS at 30
  • Dec 13 Heather Angel, British-American actress (Night in Montmartre; The Informer; The Last of the Mohicans; Lifeboat), dies of cancer at 77
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), dies at 71
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 18 Mamo Clark, actor (1 Million BC, Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island), dies
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 21 Willy Coppens, Belgian WW I fighter ace, dies at 94
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • Dec 26 Leslie Dwyer, English actor (Hi-de-Hi!), dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), dies at 77
  • Dec 28 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), dies at 70
  • Dec 29 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), dies at 54
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet director (Solaris, Stalker), dies at 54

Harold Macmillan

Dec 29 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies of lung cancer at 54