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April 1986 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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
  • Apr 3 Maureen O'Boyle (future host of "A Current Affair") is raped
  • Apr 3 US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
  • 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 9 TV show "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

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

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

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 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

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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
  • Apr 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 20 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
  • 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 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Apr 29 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 7 Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 12 Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 26 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay


Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 9 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • Apr 12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

Apr 14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex, She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

Person of interestJean Genet

Apr 15 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), dies of throat cancer at 75

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), dies at 49
  • Apr 18 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, dies at 55
  • Apr 22 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79

Person of interestWallis Simpson

Apr 24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 26 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25