On This Day

What Happened on February 16, 1986

Historical Events

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

Daytona 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

  • 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)

Election of Interest

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

Sports History

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


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? 35 years, 9 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius