On This Day

What Happened on October 29, 1986

'Splendid Achievement' becomes the 'Road To Hell'

Historical Events

Historic Event

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).

  • Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), dies at 83
  • Mimis Fotopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1913)
  • Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
1986 Highlights

About October 29, 1986

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
  • UK #1 Song: Every Loser Wins - Nick Berry