On This Day

What Happened in June 1986

Historical Events

LPGA Championship

Jun 1 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Pat Bradley birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

  • Jun 1 40th Tony Awards: I'm Not Rappaport & Mystery of Edwin Drood win

Historic Publication

Jun 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Wanderlust” is published

  • Jun 2 NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token
  • Jun 2 Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
  • Jun 3 Battles in Beirut; 53 killed
  • Jun 4 Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court

Sports History

Jun 5 SD Padre Steve Garvey ejected for 1st time

  • Jun 6 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • Jun 6 Kathy Ormsby, a 21-year-old member of NC State track team jumps off a bridge permanently paralyzing herself

Album Release

Jun 6 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1987)

  • Jun 7 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8

#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 Madonna's single "Live to Tell" goes #1

  • Jun 7 Pirates draft 3rd baseman Jeff King #1

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her 18th and final Grand Slam title and record 7th French singles crown

  • Jun 8 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • Jun 8 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2

Election of Interest

Jun 8 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria

  • Jun 8 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9
  • Jun 8 Iraqi jets attack Assadabad satellite station in Afghanistan

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Music City News Awards

Jun 9 20th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn win

Sports History

Jun 9 In a clash of future Baseball Hall of Fame starting pitchers California Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats Tom Seaver of the Chicago White Sox (306 wins), 3-0 at Comiskey Park

  • Jun 9 Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points
  • Jun 9 Rogers Comm report on Challenger disaster blames Morton Thiokol
  • Jun 10 A. Bartlett Giamatti succeeds Chub Feeney as President of baseball's National League
  • Jun 10 In South Africa, the three-year-old 'State of Emergency' is renewed for another twelve months, followed by an organized campaign of civil disobedience against it
  • Jun 11 "Blacke's Magic" last airs on NBC-TV

Historic Event

Jun 12 P. W. Botha declares South African national emergency

Historic Event

Jun 13 US President Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency

  • Jun 13 Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey 1st ejection from a game, after Atlanta's triple-play
  • Jun 13 City of Berlin, Germany dedicates Léon Jessel Platz, a small town square, in memory of composer killed - at age 70 - by the Gestapo in 1943

Music Concert

Jun 15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & Mary; and The Hooters

US Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final major, 2 strokes ahead of Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins

  • Jun 16 1 day general strike in South Africa
  • Jun 17 US Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns and Antonin Scalia nominated as his replacement
  • Jun 18 De Havilland Twin Otter & Bell 206 helicopter collide, kills 25
  • Jun 18 California Angels'Don Sutton becomes 19th MLB pitcher to win 300 games
  • Jun 18 Heike Friedrich swims female world record 200m freestyle (1:57.55)
  • Jun 18 Papua New Guinea score 9-455 in 60 overs v Gibraltar, ICC Trophy
  • Jun 18 US House of Representatives approves Bill to impose stricter sanctions on Apartheid South Africa
  • Jun 20 Drs at Bethesda Naval remove 2 small benign polyps from Reagan's colon

Sports History

Jun 20 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 20 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Level 42 headline; other performers include: Simply Red, Madness, Ruby Turner, Amazulu, Lloyd Cole, Black Uhuru, The Wailers Band, Loudon Wainwright III, John Martyn, The Housemartins, The Waterboys, The Pogues, Gil Scott-Heron, Robert Cray Band, and Christy Moore

  • Jun 21 "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • Jun 21 "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18

Contract of Interest

Jun 21 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, signs 3-year contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals

  • Jun 21 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • Jun 21 President Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments
  • Jun 22 Pirate Radio Euro Weekend (Holland) begins transmitting
  • Jun 22 Spain's premier Gonzalez' Socialist Party wins elections
  • Jun 22 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first career major title by 2 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • Jun 23 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
  • Jun 23 Tip O'Neill refuses to let President Reagan address House
  • Jun 24 Guy Hunt elected 1st Republican governor of Alabama in 112 years
  • Jun 24 US Senate approves "tax reform"

Meeting of Interest

Jun 24 In Britain, Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker, meets Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress to discuss means of ending Apartheid without violence

  • Jun 25 Former Belgium premier Vanden Boeynants sentenced for fraud

Sports History

Jun 25 MLB Philadelphia Phillies give Steve Carlton, 41, his unconditional release

  • Jun 27 American tennis player Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit in 1st round match against Pam Shriver; wears regular outfit after rain break
  • Jun 27 In referendum, Irish uphold ban on divorce
  • Jun 27 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game
  • Jun 27 US informs NZ it will not defend it against attack
  • Jun 27 World Court rules US aid to Nicaraguan contras illegal
  • Jun 27 South African Journalist and founder of the 'New Nation' newspaper, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted; he was released 721 days later on 2 December 1988

Historic Event

Jun 27 Ibrahim Babangida's regime in Nigeria launches the 'Structural Adjustment Program" to restructure the Nigerian economy via deregulation and privatization with the support of the IMF and the World Bank

  • Jun 28 Irish population condemns divorce
  • Jun 28 Kenneth and Nellie Pike challenge Ala Dem runoff win by AG C Graddick
  • Jun 28 West European leaders, meeting in the Netherlands, delay indefinitely imposing economic sanctions against South Africa
  • Jun 29 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600
  • Jun 29 Boston Red Sox trade for Tom Seaver

Sports History

Jun 29 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues

  • Jun 29 Moses Mayekiso, former General Secretary of Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and member of South African Communist Party (SACP), detained for a second time, spends months in solitary confinement

Historic Event

Jun 29 Richard Branson aboard Virgin Atlantic Challenger II reaches Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly, fastest crossing of Atlantic

Sports History

Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Dale Douglass wins by 1 stroke ahead of Gary Player for his lone Champions Tour major title

  • Jun 30 Georgia sodomy law upheld by US Supreme Court (5-4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
  • Jun 1 Ben Smith, New Zealand rugby union utility back (84 caps; Otago, Highlanders, Pau), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

Rafael Nadal

Jun 3 Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player (Record 21 Grand Slam singles titles - 13 x French Open), born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain

  • Jun 3 Tomas Verner, Czech Republic ice skater
  • Jun 3 Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver
  • Jun 3 Al Horford, American basketball player
  • Jun 3 Brenden Richard Jefferson, African-American actor
  • Jun 4 Shane Kippel, Canadian actor
  • Jun 6 Bhavana Balachandran [Karthika Menon], Indian actress, born in Thrissur district, Kerala
  • Jun 7 Keegan Bradley, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2011), born in Woodstock, Vermont
  • Jun 8 Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player
  • Jun 9 Adamo Ruggiero, Canadian actor (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Kary Ng, Hong Kong pop singer (Cookies), and actress, born in British Hong Kong
  • Jun 11 Brighton Hertford, American actress (BJ Jones-General Hospital), born in Tarzana, California

Shia LaBeouf

Jun 11 Shia LaBeouf, American actor (Disturbia, Transformers), born in Los Angeles, California

Ashley Olsen

Jun 13 Ashley Olsen, American actress (Full House - "Michelle"), fashion designer, and twin of Mary Kate, born in Sherman Oaks, California

Mary-Kate Olsen

Jun 13 Mary Kate Olsen, American actress (Full House - "Michelle"), fashion designer, and twin of Ashley, born in Sherman Oaks, California

  • Jun 13 Kat Dennings [Litwick], American actress (2 Broke Girls -"Max"; Thor), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 14 Jonathan Clare, English cricketer
  • Jun 15 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia
  • Jun 16 Urby Emanuelson, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 16 Farhad Reza, Bangladeshi Cricketer
  • Jun 16 Rodrigo Defendi, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 16 Robert Rothbart, Bosnian-Israeli Basketball Player
  • Jun 16 Fernando Muslera, Uruguayan footballer
  • Jun 18 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player, born in Béziers, France

Richard Madden

Jun 18 Richard Madden, Scottish actor (Games of Thrones, Cinderella), born in Elderslie, Scotland

  • Jun 19 Marvin Williams, American basketball player
  • Jun 22 Ramin Ott, American Samoan football player, born in Pago Pago, America Samoa
  • Jun 22 Bob the Drag Queen [Christopher Caldwell], American drag queen, comedian and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 winner), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Jun 24 Kaitlin Cullum, actress (Libby Kelly-Grace Under Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 24 Stuart Broad, English cricketer
  • Jun 24 Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • Jun 24 Solange Knowles, American Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter ("Cranes In The Sky"'; "I Decided"), and dancer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 25 Charlie Davies, American soccer player (New England Revolution), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Jun 25 Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer, born in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Jun 26 Casey Desmond, American pop singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 27 LaShawn Merritt, American sprinter, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jun 27 Drake Bell, American actor (Drake and Josh), musician ("Terrific"), and convict, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jun 28 Kellie Pickler, American country music singer (Best Days of Your Life), born in Albemarle, North Carolina
  • Jun 28 Shadia Simmons, Canadian actress (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 29 Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England
  • Jun 29 Iya Villania [Raelene Villania-Arellano], Australian actress and presenter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 30 Victoria Crawford [Alicia Fox], American wrestler and model, born in Ponte Vedra, Florida

Famous Weddings

Bob Dylan

Jun 4 Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32)

  • Jun 7 Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell weds Jodi Varble

Wedding of Interest

Jun 21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

Mike Wallace

Jun 28 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (68) weds Mary Yates


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 2 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • Jun 3 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), dies at 81
  • Jun 3 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 3 Patricia Wheel, actress (Christine-Woman to Remember), dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Merle Miller, American biographer (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11 Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 12 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, dies at 76
  • Jun 12 Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66

Benny Goodman

Jun 13 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

  • Jun 13 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, American Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist (Lerner & Loewe - My Fair Lady; Gigi; Camelot), dies of lung cancer at 67

Jorge Luis Borges

Jun 14 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

  • Jun 14 Marlin Perkins, TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter at 75
  • Jun 16 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Jozef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • Jun 17 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest at 78
  • Jun 18 Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • Jun 19 Coluche [Michel Colucci], French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), dies at 41
  • Jun 19 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft) dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • Jun 19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • Jun 20 Tim Herbert, American comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • Jun 21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 
  • Jun 23 Nigel Stock, British actor (Lost Continent, Young Sherlock Holmes), dies at 66
  • Jun 25 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • Jun 26 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • Jun 27 Edna Mae Cooper, actress (Folly of Vanity, Grounds for Divorce), dies
  • Jun 27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 27 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Jun 29 Ida Mae McKenzie, American actress, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 John P. East, American politician (Sen-R-NC), dies at 55
  • Jun 29 Robert Drivas [Choromokos], American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man, Our Private World), dies of Aids complications at 47
  • Jun 29 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, dies at 83