On This Day

What Happened on February 16, 1986

Historical Events

  • "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances

CarDaytona 500

28th Daytona 500: Geoff Bodine wins on fuel mileage after Dale Earnhardt forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blows engine leaving the pits

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Event of interestEvent of Interest

PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins first of 6 Senior Tour major titles with a 2 stroke victory over runner-up Lee Elder

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Famous Deaths

  • Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), dies from lymphoma at 76
1986 Highlights

About February 16, 1986

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 9 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius