Historical Events in December 1986

  • Dec 1 Musée d'Orsay opens in Paris

Music History

Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"

  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • Dec 3 Chasing the West Indies 248/5, Sri Lanka is sensationally dismissed for just 55 in cricket's Champions Trophy in Sharjah; Windies pace bowler Courtney Walsh takes 5 for 1 in 4.3 overs

Film & TV History

Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 4 US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7)
  • Dec 6 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 7 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)
  • Dec 8 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)
  • Dec 10 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls
  • Dec 10 France performs nuclear test

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

Sports History

Dec 10 Ivan Lendl repeats previous year's result with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over Boris Becker to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Dec 11 South Africa censors press

Sports History

Dec 12 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide

  • Dec 12 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • Dec 12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • Dec 14 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, takes off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world
  • Dec 15 150 killed during race riot in Karachi
  • Dec 15 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift

Historic Event

Dec 15 CIA director William J. Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

Historic Event

Dec 16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure

Historic Event

Dec 17 American mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski is arrested at a roadblock

NHL Record

Dec 17 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the 1st period and also records an assist as the Oilers win 5-3 over the visiting Quebec Nordiques; his 41st NHL career hat trick

  • Dec 17 Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 17 US Congress forms "Irangate" committee

Film Release

Dec 19 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone, starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe is released (Academy Awards Best Picture & Best Director)

  • Dec 19 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • Dec 19 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • Dec 19 OPEC reaches an accord that would cut production by 7 percent for the first six months of 1987 and would raise prices immediately toward a target world oil price of $18 per barrel

Historic Event

Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

  • Dec 20 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • Dec 22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • Dec 23 Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
  • Dec 24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • Dec 24 Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
  • Dec 26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • Dec 26 Hartford center Doug Jarvis sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games as the Whalers tie 1-1 after OT against his old club Montreal Canadiens

Sports History

Dec 26 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

  • Dec 26 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 27 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Dec 28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • Dec 31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Dec 31 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • Dec 31 WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)