On This Day

Historical Events in 1986 (Part 5)

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  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 15 Carnegie Hall reopens after a $50 million facelift

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

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

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

Historic Event

Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

  • 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

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 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
  • Dec 26 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run

Sports History

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

  • 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)