On This Day

What Happened on January 24, 1986

Historical Events

  • Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'

Sports History

NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

  • South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Mischa Barton, English-born American actress, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor, born in Eilat, Israel

Famous Deaths

  • Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
1986 Highlights

About January 24, 1986

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 10 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius