On This Day

What Happened in October 1986

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 President Carter's presidential library/museum dedicated in Atlanta
  • Oct 1 New Zealand's Labour Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding 10% to the cost of most goods and services

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 1 Canadian children's author Robert Munsch publishes "Love You Forever"

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch
  • Oct 2 Astros starter Mike Scott finishes MLB regular season with 306 strikeouts with 8 in a 2-1 win in San Francisco; 3rd NL pitcher to reach 300 in a season
  • Oct 2 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden becomes first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first 3 seasons when he records 7 in 8-2 win v Pittsburgh Pirates

MurderAssassination Attempt

Oct 2 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • Oct 3 Baltimore loses 6-3 to Detroit Tigers, assuring Orioles of club's first ever last-place finish in AL East standings
  • Oct 3 Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die
  • Oct 3 TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, was officially opened.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 NY Yankees closer Dave Righetti saves both doubleheader games at Fenway Park for 5-3 and 3-1 wins v Boston; Righetti's MLB record 46th save

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • Oct 4 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
  • Oct 4 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
  • Oct 5 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms
  • Oct 5 Rams running back Eric Dickerson runs for an NFL overtime record 42-yard touchdown as LA defeats Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20 at Anaheim Stadium
  • Oct 6 Russian nuclear sub K291 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Oct 7 First edition of new British newspaper "Independent" published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Steve Yzerman is named captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a title he would hold for over 1,300 games

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Oct 8 Mike Scott ties playoff record of 14 strikeouts, beats Mets 1-0
  • Oct 8 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 9 "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, becomes the 12th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • Oct 9 Senate convicted US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Oct 9 "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" premieres on Fox, first woman to host a US late-night TV talk show

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • Oct 10 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 Shimon Peres resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres

Conference of InterestReagan and Gorbachev

Oct 11 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
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US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet at the Reykjavik Summit in Iceland
US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet at the Reykjavik Summit in Iceland
  • Oct 12 California Angels within 1 pitch of pennant victory lose to Red Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • Oct 13 20th Country Music Association Award: Reba McEntire wins
  • Oct 13 25th NY, NL appearance in World Series (Mets vs A's)
  • Oct 13 IOC announces baseball will become a medal sport in 1992
  • Oct 14 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 14 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, for his efforts to ensure the Holocaust was remembered

Author Elie Wiesel
Author
Elie Wiesel
  • Oct 14 Tim Kides of West NY, NJ performs 25,000 leg raises in 11:57:15
  • Oct 15 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2

  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 16 "Raggedy Ann" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 16 Armand Hammer returns to US with Jewish refusenik David Goldfarb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 US government shuts down due to disputes between President Reagan and the House

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Oct 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 16 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet, becomes the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • Oct 17 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Yitzhak Rabin forms Israeli government

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Oct 19 "Flamenco Puro" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • Oct 19 "Raggedy Ann" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 19 Allan Border scores the 1,000,000th run in all test cricket (v India, Bombay)
  • Oct 19 USSR expels five US diplomats
  • Oct 20 Tupolev-134 crashes in Southern Africa
  • Oct 21 1st-class cricket debut of Andy Flower, ZCU Presidents XI v Young WI
  • Oct 21 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" premieres in London
  • Oct 21 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • Oct 21 Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Oct 21 American writer Edward Tracy kidnapped in Beirut
  • Oct 22 "Into the Light" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 23 Artist Keith Haring commissioned to paint a mural on the Berlin wall by Checkpoint Charlie Museum 300 metres long

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • Oct 24 Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement
  • Oct 24 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • Oct 25 International Red Cross ousted from South Africa
  • Oct 25 Michael Sergio Parachutes into Shea Stadium during game 6 of WS
  • Oct 25 Trailing 5-3 with 2 out & no one on in bottom of 10th, NY rallies to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, Bill Buckner misplays a ball
  • Oct 26 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Oct 26 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • Oct 27 NY Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
  • Oct 28 Stanley E. Hubbard's KOB sells the company's Albuquerque, New Mexico radio stations, KOB-AM and KOB-FM, the stations change their call signs to KKOB

USAStatue of Liberty

Oct 28 The centennial of the Statue of Liberty's dedication is celebrated in New York Harbor
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Oct 29 Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • Oct 29 Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs
  • Oct 29 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 6-16 as the West Indies dismissed for 53 in 186 run defeat in 1st Test at Faisalabad

'Splendid Achievement' becomes the 'Road To Hell''Splendid Achievement' becomes the 'Road To Hell'

Oct 29 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the final stretch of London's Orbital Motorway, the M25. Then the world’s longest ring road at 117 miles (188.3 km).
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Margaret Thatcher poses on the M25 before cutting a ribbon to open it
Margaret Thatcher poses on the M25 before cutting a ribbon to open it
  • Oct 30 Discovery moves to OPF where more than 200 modifications are made

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Jurnee Smollett-Bell, American actress, born in New York City
  • Oct 1 Sayaka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 2 Camilla Belle, American actress (Rip Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 4 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character (General Hospital)
  • Oct 4 Yuridia, Mexican singer
  • Oct 6 Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer
  • Oct 6 Olivia Thirlby, American actress
  • Oct 6 Yoo Ah-in, South Korean actor (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Oct 7 Lee Nguyen, American soccer player, born in Richardson, Texas
  • Oct 7 Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Oct 9 Laure Manaudou, French swimmer, born in Villeurbanne, France
  • Oct 10 Nathan Jawai, Australian basketball player, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 12 Marcus T. Paulk, American actor (Moesha), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 12 Sergio Peter, German footballer (SpVgg Neckarelz), born in Ludwigshafen, West Germany
  • Oct 12 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, born in Beizhen, China (d. 2020)
  • Oct 14 Tom Craddock, English footballer
  • Oct 14 Skyler Shaye, American actress
  • Oct 15 Lee Donghae, Korean singer (a member of super junior)
  • Oct 20 Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress
  • Oct 21 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • Oct 21 Alex Kew, British actor
  • Oct 21 Natalee Holloway, U.S teen, disappeared in Aruba
  • Oct 21 Christopher Uckermann, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • Oct 22 Kara Lang, Canadian soccer player
  • Oct 23 Briana Evigan, American actress
  • Oct 23 Jake Robinson, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Jessica Stroup, American Actress

Person of interestEmilia Clarke

Oct 23 Emilia Clarke, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in London

Actress Emilia Clarke
Actress
Emilia Clarke

Person of interestDrake

Oct 24 Drake [Aubrey Drake Graham], Canadian actor and rapper (Hotline Bling), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake
  • Oct 24 John Ruddy, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Oct 25 DJ Webstar, American disc jockey and record producer (Chicken Noodle Soup), born in Harlem, New York
  • Oct 25 Eddie Gaven, American footballer (Columbus Crew), born in Hamilton Township, New Jersey
  • Oct 27 Matty Pattison, South African footballer (Whickham), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 27 David Warner, Australian cricket batsman (top Test score 335no 2019; 2nd highest by an Australian; "Sandpaper-gate" 2018 12-month suspension), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 30 Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian ski jumper (3 Olympic gold 2006, 10), born in Spittal an der Drau, Austria
  • Oct 31 Chris Alajajian, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 31 Christie Hayes, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in North Nowra, New South Wales, Australia

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 16 Marie Osmond marries Brian Blosil

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 18 "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
  • Oct 18 NFL player Frank Gifford (56) marries 3rd wife Kathie Lee Johnson (35)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • Oct 5 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Oct 5 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Oct 5 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park), dies at 87
  • Oct 6 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Oct 7 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, dies at 86
  • Oct 11 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), dies at 51
  • Oct 14 Keenan Wynn, American actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Mary Lund, American women first to receive an artificial heart, dies at 40
  • Oct 16 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • Oct 16 C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Moses Asch, record founder (Folkways), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • Oct 20 Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • Oct 21 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), dies at 93
  • Oct 22 Ivor Francis, actor (Dusty's Trail), dies at 68
  • Oct 22 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • Oct 22 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), dies at 89
  • Oct 23 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • Oct 25 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 67
  • Oct 26 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • Oct 28 Marga Klompé, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), dies at 64
  • Oct 29 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
  • Oct 29 Mimis Fotopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1913)
  • Oct 29 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 30 Andrzej Markowski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 31 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90