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July 1986 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 General strike against Pinochet regime in Chile

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Jul 2 US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in 2 rulings
  • Jul 3 Kuwait's National Assembly (Majlis al Umma) dissolves

USAStatue of Liberty

Jul 3 US President Reagan presides over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York

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Jul 5 Nancy Reagan cuts a red, white and blue ribbon to reopen Statue of Liberty after refurbishment

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Jul 6 Ex-minister Arturo Tolentino failed coup in Philippines
  • Jul 6 Premier Nakasone's Liberal Democratic Party wins Japan's election
  • Jul 7 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released
  • Jul 7 Jordan government shuts al-Fatah offices
  • Jul 7 Supreme Court struck down Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law

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Jul 7 Soviet General and spy for the US Dmitri Polyakov arrested in retirement in Russia (executed 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Jul 8 Farthest thrown object-an "Aerobie" flying ring, 383 m (1,257')
  • Jul 8 NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance
  • Jul 8 Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • Jul 9 Atlanta's Dale Murphy doesn't play ending consecutive streak at 740
  • Jul 9 Attorney General's Commission on pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes

  • Jul 9 The New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older
  • Jul 11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
  • Jul 11 Maricica Puica of Romania runs 2,000 m in 5:28.69 (record for women)
  • Jul 11 Mary Beth Whitehead christens surrogate Baby M, Sara
  • Jul 12 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman, is shot and paralyzed by Shavod Jones
  • Jul 13 Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa
  • Jul 14 10 killed & 60 injured at ETA-bomb attack in Madrid
  • Jul 14 2nd government of Lubbers sworn in
  • Jul 14 Motley Crue's Vince Neil begins 30 day sentence for vehicular homicide
  • Jul 14 NASA's plan to implement recommendations of Rogers commission
  • Jul 14 Richard Miller becomes the 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage
  • Jul 14 Shalamar's Howard Hewett acquitted in Miami of drug charges
  • Jul 18 Royals announce that manager Dick Howser, 50, has a brain tumor
  • Jul 18 Videotapes released showing Titanic's sunken remains
  • Jul 21 Pleasure Island plans unveiled
  • Jul 22 US House of Representatives impeaches Judge Harry E. Claiborne for tax evasion

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 23 Moroccan King Hassan II meets with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Jul 24 SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
  • Jul 24 13th Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 25 Sikhs extremist kill 16 hindus in Muhktsar India
  • Jul 26 Lebanese kidnappers released Rev Lawrence Martin Jenco
  • Jul 27 Iraqi jets attack central Iranian city of Arak; Iran threatens missile attack of gulf states supporting Iraq
  • Jul 28 Bomb attack in East Beirut, 25 killed
  • Jul 28 NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated
  • Jul 29 Bomb attack in West-Beirut, 30 killed
  • Jul 29 Dennis Amiss scores his 100th 100, Warwickshire v Lancashire

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 6 David Karp, American web developer and founder of the blogging site Tumblr, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Luigi Di Maio, Italian politician, Leader of 5-Star, born in Avellino, Italy
  • Jul 9 Dominic Cervi, American footballer
  • Jul 27 Ryan Griffen, Australian rules footballer, born in Goolwa, South Australia

Weddings in History

  • Jul 19 Caroline Kennedy (28) weds Edwin Schlossberg (41) at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Massachusetts
  • Jul 23 Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England

Deaths in History

  • Jul 4 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 9 Karl-Heinz Beckurts, West german Siemens manager, murdered
  • Jul 9 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 Raymond Loewy, French-American industrial designer, dies at 92
  • Jul 19 Alfredo Binda, Italian road cyclist (first to win Giro d'Italia x 5; World Road Race C'ship 1927, 30, 32), dies at 83
  • Jul 21 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • Jul 24 Fritz A Lipman, discoverer (co-enzymes, Nobel 1953), dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Vincente Minnelli, American director (Gigi, Goodbye Charlie), dies in LA at 76
  • Jul 26 Averell Harriman, statesman, dies in Yorktown Heights, NY at 94
  • Jul 28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter and sculptor (Iron Tower), dies at 91
  • Jul 31 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)