Historical Events in 1986

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  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.

Music History

Jan 1 American singer Barbra Streisand and hairdresser/film producer Jon Peters' romantic relationship ends

  • Jan 1 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • Jan 1 International Peace Year begins
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • Jan 1 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • Jan 1 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

NHL Record

Jan 2 Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores his 499th and 500th career goals in the final 2:22 to lift the New York to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins; 11th player in NHL history to score 500 goals

Sports History

Jan 4 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide

Sports History

Jan 4 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California

Sports History

Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

  • Jan 6 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 6 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 6 STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • Jan 7 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes
  • Jan 7 STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems

Historic Event

Jan 7 US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

Hall of Fame

Jan 8 San Francisco Giants Willie McCovey is 16th elected to MLB Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility

  • Jan 9 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Sports History

Jan 10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

  • Jan 10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • Jan 10 Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Jan 11 Douglas Wilder of Virginia, 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in
  • Jan 12 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • Jan 12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0
  • Jan 13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • Jan 13 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • Jan 13 South Yemen President Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • Jan 14 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect
  • Jan 14 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the second freely elected President of Guatemala since CIA-sponsored coup in 1954
  • Jan 15 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)

Sports History

Jan 15 Montreal's rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum

  • Jan 16 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • Jan 16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • Jan 17 2nd Sundance Film Festival: "Smooth Talk" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats defending champion Tony Tubbs by majority decision in 15 rounds at The Omni, Atlanta for WBA heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 18 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth

#1 in the Charts

Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, hits #1

  • Jan 18 NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46)
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million

Historic Event

Jan 19 Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

  • Jan 19 Spain recognizes Israel

Historic Event

Jan 20 1st US federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK Day

  • Jan 20 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Channel)
  • Jan 20 Military coup in Lesotho under major general Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • Jan 21 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed

Sports History

Jan 21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Jan 22 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North

Music History

Jan 23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

  • Jan 23 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB

Hall of Fame

Jan 23 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

  • Jan 24 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 24 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • Jan 24 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Jan 24 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons

NHL Record

Jan 25 Edmonton's Paul Coffey sets NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

  • Jan 25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • Jan 26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala, Uganda

Music Awards

Jan 27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

  • Jan 28 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Jan 28 Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.

USS Challenger Explodes

Jan 28 Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space

  • Jan 29 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 29 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda
  • Jan 31 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart
  • Feb 1 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • Feb 2 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Meeting of Interest

Feb 2 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 28-24; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • Feb 2 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

Film & TV History

Feb 3 Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story; The Incredibles) headed by Edwin Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith, is spun off from Lucasfilm, Ltd as an independent film production company, with backing of Steve Jobs

Meeting of Interest

Feb 3 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

  • Feb 3 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 4 38th NHL All-Star Game, Hartford Civic Centre: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3 (OT); MVP: Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers, G

  • Feb 4 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner
  • Feb 6 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals

Election of Interest

Feb 7 Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos

Historic Event

Feb 7 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France: Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
  • Feb 8 1984 Summer Olympics LAPD bomb squad chief Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit are killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs
  • Feb 8 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition

Film Premiere

Feb 8 Crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

Sports History

Feb 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 9 36th NBA All-Star Game, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: East beats West, 139-132; MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G

  • Feb 9 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
  • Feb 9 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
  • Feb 9 Marvin Johnson stops Leslie Stewart in 7 rounds in Indianapolis to win WBA light heavyweight boxing title; record 3rd time he regains a version of light heavyweight crown
  • Feb 9 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
  • Feb 9 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)

Album Release

Feb 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously

  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • Feb 14 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Feb 15 Philippines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 16 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances

Daytona 500

Feb 16 28th Daytona 500: Geoff Bodine wins on fuel mileage after Dale Earnhardt forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blows engine leaving the pits

  • Feb 16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • Feb 16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • Feb 16 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Election of Interest

Feb 16 Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

Sports History

Feb 16 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins first of 6 Senior Tour major titles with a 2 stroke victory over runner-up Lee Elder

  • Feb 17 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
  • Feb 17 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • Feb 17 Johnson & Johnson announces it will no longer sell capsule drugs
  • Feb 17 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad

Film & TV History

Feb 18 Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

  • Feb 18 San Antonio guard Alvin Robertson scores NBA's 2nd quadruple double-20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals in 120-114 win over Phoenix Suns
  • Feb 19 King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
  • Feb 19 US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • Feb 19 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit

Sports History

Feb 20 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration

Sports History

Feb 20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

  • Feb 21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • Feb 22 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines
  • Feb 23 Despite losing, Boston Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration in MLB history, $1.35M
  • Feb 23 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
  • Feb 24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • Feb 25 Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines; dictator Ferdinand Marcos flees the country
  • Feb 25 Iran conquers Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • Feb 25 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotels
  • Feb 26 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • Feb 26 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Feb 27 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis
  • Feb 28 European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade
  • Feb 28 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs

Sports History

Mar 1 Quebec's Peter Šťastný becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 100 points in each of his first 6 seasons, with an assist in an 8-4 Nordiques' loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres

  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita

Sports History

Mar 2 Edmonton's Finnish right wing Jari Kurri scores 2 goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Oilers to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia; Kurri, 100 points for the 4th straight NHL season

  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 2 Qualifier Kenny Knox is the last player to score in the 80’s (R3 80) and still win a PGA Tour event, the Honda Classic at TPC Eagle Trace; total 287 is highest winning score in PGA tournament history

Sports History

Mar 2 The first million dollar purse for a handicap race is won by British bred 5-year old Greinton with Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard taking out the $1,359,500 Santa Anita Handicap

Album Release

Mar 3 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

Sports History

Mar 4 Allan Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ

  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 After losing all appeals, American rock singer David Crosby begins serving 5 year sentence for drug and weapons convictions in Texas state prison
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends

NHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km

Sports History

Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Music Single

Mar 8 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 15 Scotland (10-9 v Ireland) and France (29-10 v England) win their final round matches to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with 3-1 records
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)

Historic Event

Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)
  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs World Championship at Geneva won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 22 Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick upsets Pinklon Thomas by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to win WBC heavyweight title

  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)