What Happened on May 1, 1986

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
  • Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole

Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)