What Happened on December 17, 1986

Historical Events

Event of Interest

American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

NHL 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

  • 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
1986 History

Famous Weddings

Harry Morgan

American actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

Famous Deaths

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

About December 17, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 36 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
  • UK #1 Song: Caravan of Love - Housemartins