On This Day

What Happened on October 29, 1986

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

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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).

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs
  • 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? 34 years, 3 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio