What Happened on January 1, 1986

Historical Events

  • 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • 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.

Music History

American singer Barbra Streisand and hairdresser/film producer Jon Peters' romantic relationship ends

  • Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • International Peace Year begins
  • NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
1986 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin Morgan, Northern Irish actor (Merlin; Humans; Mammals), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • Vidya Balan, Indian actress
Born in 1986

Famous Deaths

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

About January 1, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 9 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
  • UK #1 Song: Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens