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Historical Events in 1986 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 832

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 First of 2 WTA Tour Championships of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 4th straight and 7th overall title 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1 against Hana Mandlíková in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Men's International Professional Tennis Council announces Jimmy Connors' 10 week suspension and $20,000 fine for storming off the court after defaulting against Ivan Lendl at Boca Raton, Florida in February

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 24 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win

  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • Mar 26 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
  • Mar 27 Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking
  • Mar 28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 Hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • Mar 28 John N McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 29 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • Mar 30 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC, 97-81; Longhorns' Clarissa Davis MOP award; complete first undefeated season (34-0)

  • Mar 30 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: John Mahaffey wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Larry Mize
  • Mar 31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke, 72-69; first tournament to use a shot clock (initially set at 45 seconds)
  • Mar 31 English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Mar 31 Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
  • Apr 1 Ranji Trophy Men's Cricket, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi: Delhi beats Haryana by innings & 141; Manoj Prabhakar 113, Kirti Azad 107, Mohinder Amarnath 194, Ajay Sharma 110
  • Apr 1 US submarine Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea
  • Apr 1 World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel
  • Apr 2 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • Apr 2 George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
  • Apr 2 NCAA Basketball Rules Committee votes to adopt the 3-point shot beginning the 1986-87 season; sets college distance at 19 feet, 9 inches, compared to 21 feet in the NBA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 2 Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 47th and 48th goals of the season in an 8-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks to break Bobby Orr's NHL record for most goals by a defenseman

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Apr 3 Maureen O'Boyle (future host of "A Current Affair") is raped
  • Apr 3 US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 4 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 5 Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121m)
  • Apr 5 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • Apr 5 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard 9-year-old 15/2 second favourite West Tip wins by 2 lengths from Young Driver

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Bradley wins the 4th of her 6 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Val Skinner

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

  • Apr 6 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs
  • Apr 6 CBS' fact based "Nobody's Child", story of Marie Balter

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 7 WrestleMania II at 3 locations: Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy; Mr. T beats Roddy Piper in a boxing match

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 8 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California. Makes his day.

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Apr 9 "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character
  • Apr 10 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 A 1921 Canadian 50 cent coin is auctioned in New York for $22,000
  • Apr 11 Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
  • Apr 11 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km
  • Apr 11 KXA-AM in Seattle WA changes call letters to KRPM
  • Apr 12 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 13 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins his record 18th major with a 1-stroke victory over Greg Norman and Tom Kite; shoots final round 65 (−7); at 46 the oldest Masters winner

  • Apr 13 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 13 Pope John Paul II meets Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 13 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 14 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • Apr 14 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
  • Apr 14 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
  • Apr 15 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • Apr 15 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket
  • Apr 15 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 16 To dispel rumors he's dead, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on TV

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Apr 16 West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
  • Apr 17 Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
  • Apr 18 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
  • Apr 18 Robert M Gates becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 18 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Apr 20 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 20 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
  • Apr 21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella first Australian winner in 2:07:51; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway claims women's title in 2:24:55
  • Apr 21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on live TV and finds nothing, except great ratings for his spectacle

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
TV Host and News Personality Geraldo Rivera
TV Host and News Personality
Geraldo Rivera
  • Apr 22 Consumer Price Index drops .04% for 2nd month in a row
  • Apr 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 23 Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
  • Apr 23 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
  • Apr 25 ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • Apr 25 Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
  • Apr 26 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 26 Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds

Historic DiscoveryPripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

Apr 26 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe

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'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
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  • Apr 27 "Sweet Charity" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances
  • Apr 27 Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) interrupts HBO
  • Apr 27 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Apr 28 Soviet TV news program Vremya announces a nuclear accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station, 2 days after the event
  • Apr 29 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 29 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: Auburn running back Bo Jackson first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 30 Ashrita Furman performs 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles
  • Apr 30 Mariners strike out 16 times, set record of 36 in 2 consecutive games
  • Apr 30 Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h; 44.998 seconds)
  • May 1 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • May 1 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • May 2 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • May 3 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
  • May 3 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • May 3 Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th & 301st HR
  • May 3 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • May 3 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • May 4 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • May 5 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • May 6 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • May 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • May 7 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • May 7 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • May 14 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • May 15 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

  • May 16 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from the dead on TV soap "Dallas"
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 South African President P. W. Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • May 16 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • May 17 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart
  • May 17 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
  • May 18 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances
  • May 18 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 19 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • May 19 39th Cannes Film Festival: "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • May 20 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • May 21 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • May 23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 24 Stanley Cup Final, Saddledome, Calgary, AL: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4-3 for 4-1 series victory
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • May 25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • May 25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 25 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • May 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • May 27 President Reagan orders 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
  • May 28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados

  • May 28 White Sox Joe Cowley sets record striking out 1st 7 Rangers he faces
  • May 29 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia
  • May 30 Ariane-2 (ESA) launched
  • May 30 Bobby Rahal is 1st to average over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Jun 1 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Pat Bradley birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan
  • Jun 1 40th Tony Awards: I'm Not Rappaport & Mystery of Edwin Drood win

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Wanderlust” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jun 2 NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token
  • Jun 2 Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
  • Jun 3 Battles in Beirut; 53 killed
  • Jun 4 Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 SD Padre Steve Garvey ejected for 1st time

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • Jun 6 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • Jun 6 Kathy Ormsby, a 21-year-old member of NC State track team jumps off a bridge permanently paralyzing herself

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 6 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1987)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Jun 7 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 Madonna's single "Live to Tell" goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Jun 7 Pirates draft 3rd baseman Jeff King #1

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her 18th and final Grand Slam title and record 7th French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 8 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • Jun 8 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 8 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria

4th Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim
4th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kurt Waldheim
  • Jun 8 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9
  • Jun 8 Iraqi jets attack Assadabad satellite station in Afghanistan

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 20th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 In a clash of future Baseball Hall of Fame starting pitchers California Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats Tom Seaver of the Chicago WS (306 wins), 3-0 at Comiskey Park

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Jun 9 Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points

  • Jun 9 Rogers Comm report on Challenger disaster blames Morton Thiokol
  • Jun 10 A. Bartlett Giamatti succeeds Chub Feeney as President of baseball's National League
  • Jun 10 In South Africa, the three-year-old 'State of Emergency' is renewed for another twelve months, followed by an organized campaign of civil disobedience against it
  • Jun 11 "Blacke's Magic" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 Amnesty International megaconcert
  • Jun 12 P. W. Botha declares South African national emergency
  • Jun 13 US President Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency
  • Jun 13 Steve Garvey 1st ejection from a game, after Atlanta's triple-play

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final major, 2 strokes ahead of Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Jun 15 Pravda announces high-level Chernobyl staff fired for stupidity
  • Jun 16 1 day general strike in South Africa
  • Jun 17 US Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns and Antonin Scalia nominated as his replacement
  • Jun 18 De Havilland Twin Otter & Bell 206 helicopter collide, kills 25
  • Jun 18 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games
  • Jun 18 Heike Friedrich swims female world record 200m freestyle (1:57.55)
  • Jun 18 Papua New Guinea score 9-455 in 60 overs v Gibraltar, ICC Trophy
  • Jun 18 US House of Representatives approves Bill to impose stricter sanctions on Apartheid South Africa
  • Jun 20 Drs at Bethesda Naval remove 2 small benign polyps from Reagan's colon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa