On This Day

What Happened in January 1986

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jan 1 International Peace Year begins
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • Jan 1 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 1 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • Jan 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 2 Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores his 499th and 500th career goals in the final 2:22 to lift the New York to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins; 11th player in NHL history to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 4 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California
  • Jan 6 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'

  • Jan 6 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 6 STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • Jan 7 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes
  • Jan 7 STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems

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Jan 7 US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 8 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan 9 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
  • Jan 10 Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Jan 10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

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Jan 10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

  • Jan 11 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • Jan 12 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • Jan 12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0
  • Jan 13 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • Jan 13 South Yemen President Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • Jan 13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles

  • Jan 14 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect
  • Jan 14 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the second freely elected President of Guatemala since CIA-sponsored coup in 1954
  • Jan 15 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)

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Jan 15 Montreal's rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Jan 16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • Jan 16 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats defending champion Tony Tubbs by majority decision in 15 rounds at The Omni, Atlanta for WBA heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 17 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 18 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth
  • Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • Jan 18 NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46)
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million

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Jan 19 Israeli Premier Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Jan 19 Spain recognizes Israel

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Jan 20 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 20 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Channel)
  • Jan 20 Military coup in Lesotho under major general Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • Jan 21 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed

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Jan 21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jan 22 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North

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Jan 23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • Jan 23 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 24 43rd Golden Globes: "Out of Africa", Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

  • Jan 24 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • Jan 24 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Jan 24 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Jan 24 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 25 Edmonton's Paul Coffey sets NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala, Uganda
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

  • Jan 28 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances

USAUSS Challenger Explodes

Jan 28 Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space

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The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
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  • Jan 28 Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 29 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 29 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda
  • Jan 31 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • Jan 1 Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • Jan 2 Trombone Shorty [Troy Andrews], American jazz musician and producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 3 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
  • Jan 3 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • Jan 3 Liam Treadwell, English National Hunt jockey (Grand National 2009; 300+ race wins), born in Arundel, England (d. 2020)
  • Jan 4 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • Jan 4 Steve Slaton, American football player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 5 Deepika Padukone, Indian model, actress, and activist (Om Shanti Om, Cocktail, Piki), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jan 5 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor & singer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 6 Paul McShane, Irish footballer, born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 6 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield
  • Jan 6 Irina Shayk, Russian model, born in Yemanzhelinsk, USSR
  • Jan 7 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer, born in Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
  • Jan 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2003)
  • Jan 8 David Silva, Spanish footballer, born in Arguineguín, Spain
  • Jan 10 Saleisha Stowers, American model, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 11 Rachel Riley, English television presenter and mathematician (Countdown, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), born in Rochford, England
  • Jan 12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 13 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • Jan 14 Gary Brolsma, American internet celebrity (Numa Numa), born in Saddle Brook, New Jersey
  • Jan 14 Cristina Aicardi, Peruvian badminton player
  • Jan 15 Fred Davis, American football player, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Mason Gamble, American actor (Dennis the Menace), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Kevin Parker, Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer (Tame Impala - The Slow Rush), born in Sydney
  • Jan 21 "Coffin" Joe [Spurgeon], British rock drummer (The Horrors), born in Clare, England
  • Jan 22 Lee Pa-ni, South Korean model, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 22 Daniel Wayne Smith, American actor & reality television personality (d. 2006)
  • Jan 23 Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • Jan 24 Mischa Barton, English-born American actress, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jan 24 Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor, born in Eilat, Israel
  • Jan 25 Chris O'Grady, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Gerald Green, American basketball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 26 Matt Heafy, American-Japanese musician (Trivium), born in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 26 Shantelle Taylor, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Jan 26 Kizzmekia Corbett, American viral immunologist (US Vaccine Research Center, developed the Moderna COVID vaccine), born in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina
  • Jan 28 Shruti Haasan, Indian actress
  • Jan 28 Jessica Ennis, English athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 2012; World C'ship gold 2009, 11, 15), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Jan 29 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 29 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Jan 29 Chris Bourque, American ice hockey player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 29 Drew Tyler Bell, American actor, born in Indiana
  • Jan 30 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter, born in Essex, England
  • Jan 31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Congolese football goalkeeper, born in Brussels, Belgium

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 3 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61
  • Jan 1 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard & coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), dies at 96
  • Jan 2 Una Merkel, American actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82

Person of interestBill Veeck

Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Jan 2 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • Jan 2 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36 [1]
  • Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • Jan 7 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • Jan 8 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 8 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kraft, American columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 11 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Donna Reed, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 14 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 18 Claire James, American actress (Jack Armstrong), dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • Jan 25 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Lilli Palmer [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger, Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter), dies from abdominal cancer at 71
  • Jan 28 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Jan 28 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), dies in Challenger at 40
  • Jan 28 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
  • Jan 28 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74