On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1986

Historical Events


Historic DiscoveryPripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap

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'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
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  • Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), born in Quito, Ecuador (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, dies at 69
  • Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
1986 Highlights

About May 1, 1986

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 7 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus