On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

Famous Deaths

  • Lester Trimble, American composer, dies at 63
  • Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies of lung cancer at 54