On This Day

August 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 TODAY/PC born today

Historic Event

Aug 2 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

  • Aug 4 Reports of probable OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement on output quotas sends oil prices higher
  • 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 Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
  • Aug 8 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • Aug 10 Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway NYC
  • 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

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 17 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • 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 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 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 22 NASA announces tests designed to verify ignition pressure dynamics
  • 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 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 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Mathieu Razanakolona, Malagasy-Canadian skier, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 3 Charlotte Casiraghi, Daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco
  • Aug 27 Sebastian Kurz, Austrian politician, Austrian Chancellor (201709), Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 28 Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier held captive in Palestine, born in Nahariya, Israel

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
  • Aug 1 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Aug 3 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • Aug 9 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • Aug 19 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • Aug 26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • Aug 31 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Urho Kekkonen, 8th President of Finland (1956-81), dies at 85
  • Aug 31 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), dies at 56