On This Day

Historical Events in August 1986

  • Aug 1 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A's, 10-1

Music History

Aug 1 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma

  • Aug 2 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • Aug 2 TODAY/PC born today

Historic Event

Aug 2 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Great Britain & Ireland beats the US 13-5, the visitors first win on American soil
  • Aug 2 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Senior PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years

Hall of Fame

Aug 3 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 3 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • Aug 4 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season
  • Aug 4 Reports of probable OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement on output quotas sends oil prices higher
  • Aug 5 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5,000m world record (14:37.33) in Stockholm, Sweden

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds

  • Aug 5 US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")
  • Aug 5 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
  • Aug 6 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • Aug 6 Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
  • Aug 7 "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 7 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
  • Aug 8 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • Aug 9 "Honky Tonk Nights" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Aug 10 "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 1420 performances

Sports History

Aug 10 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired

  • Aug 10 Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway NYC
  • Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cardinals to a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh Pirates, in St. Louis

PGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bob Tway holes a famous bunker shot on the 18th to beat Australian Greg Norman by 2 stokes

  • Aug 12 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • Aug 12 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • Aug 12 Iran fires missile at refinery near Baghdad; Iraq raids Iranian terminal at Sirri Island severely disrupting Iranian exports
  • Aug 13 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)

Historic Event

Aug 14 Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto arrested

  • Aug 14 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days

Historic Event

Aug 15 US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

  • Aug 16 Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed
  • Aug 16 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

#1 in the Charts

Aug 16 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

  • Aug 17 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • Aug 17 Rioting at DMC concert at Long Beaxh (California) Convention Center - 40 injured
  • Aug 17 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • Aug 18 Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness
  • Aug 18 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia PA on WYSP 94.1 FM
  • Aug 18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • Aug 18 John Tesh's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • Aug 18 WYSP-FM Philadelphia begins simulcasting Howard Stern Show
  • Aug 19 Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 20 Postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers dead in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Aug 20 Phils Don Carmen perfect game bid is broken in 9th
  • Aug 21 "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

World Record

Aug 21 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

  • Aug 21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • Aug 21 Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
  • Aug 21 Lake Nyos volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases a poisonous gas cloud of carbon dioxide, killing 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock
  • Aug 21 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
  • Aug 22 NASA announces tests designed to verify ignition pressure dynamics

Film Release

Aug 22 "Stand By Me" film based on the novella by Stephen King, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell is released

  • Aug 23 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances; nominated for 6 Tony Awrads

Baseball Record

Aug 25 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

  • Aug 25 Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon's seventh solo album "Graceland", a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies
  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 26 Robert Chambers, the "Preppie Killer" murders Jennifer Levin in New York City's Central Park, afterwards claimed "rough sex" as motive
  • Aug 27 Protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11 week rent boycott
  • Aug 28 Bolivia president Victor Paz Estensoro calls state of siege
  • Aug 28 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium

Music History

Aug 28 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California

  • Aug 28 US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying
  • Aug 29 Heike Drechsler of East Germany ties world women's 200 m mark (21.71s)
  • Aug 29 Moroccan King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya
  • Aug 30 Yuriy Sedykh of the Soviet Union sets new world hammer throw record 86.74m (284 ft 6 in) in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • Aug 30 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
  • Aug 30 43rd Venice Film Festival: "Le rayon vert" directed by Eric Rohmer wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 31 Aeromexico DC-9 & small plane collide in LA, killing 82 (15 on the ground)
  • Aug 31 Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die