On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1986

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

Famous Deaths

  • Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
1986 Highlights

About December 17, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 8 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius