On This Day

February 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 2 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • Feb 2 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 3 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Feb 4 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France: Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

Dictator and President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 7 Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Feb 8 1984 Summer Olympics LAPD bomb squad chief Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit are killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs
  • Feb 9 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
  • Feb 9 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
  • Feb 9 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Feb 15 Philippines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • Feb 16 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 16 Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Feb 17 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
  • Feb 17 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • Feb 17 Johnson & Johnson announces it will no longer sell capsule drugs
  • Feb 17 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
  • Feb 19 King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
  • Feb 19 US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • Feb 19 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • Feb 21 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • Feb 22 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines
  • Feb 23 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
  • Feb 24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines, Marcos flees the country

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Feb 25 Iran conquers Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • Feb 25 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
  • Feb 26 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • Feb 26 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Feb 28 European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 6 Tony Johnson Jr., American mixed martial artist (KOTC heavyweight champion 2010), born in Killeen, Texas
  • Feb 7 Michael Orozco, American footballer
  • Feb 9 Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Feb 21 Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, born in Brussels, Belgium

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • Feb 6 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • Feb 11 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • Feb 17 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • Feb 19 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-78), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Koss Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • Feb 21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), dies at 90

Person of interestTommy Douglas

Feb 24 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • Feb 28 Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minister (1969-76, 1982-86), assassinated at 59 while walking home from the cinema with his wife