On This Day

December 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Musée d'Orsay opens in Paris
  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • Dec 4 US launches its Fleet Satellite Communications System (Fltsatcom-7)

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 8 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
  • Dec 10 France performs nuclear test

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Dec 11 South Africa censors press
  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

Dec 19 USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

  • 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
  • Dec 20 White teenagers beat blacks in New York City's Howard Beach
  • 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 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Indian lawyer and activist (Bhim Army), born in Ghadkauli, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dec 10 Ryoichi Tsukada, Japanese acrobat

Weddings in History

Joko Widodo

Dec 24 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (25) weds Iriana (23) in Solo, Central Java

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • Dec 21 Willy Coppens, Belgian WW I fighter ace, dies at 94
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), dies at 77
  • Dec 28 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), dies at 70
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet director (Solaris, Stalker), dies at 54

Harold Macmillan

Dec 29 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)