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October 1986 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 President Carter's presidential library/museum dedicated in Atlanta
  • Oct 1 New Zealand's Labour Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding 10% to the cost of most goods and services

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 1 Canadian children's author Robert Munsch publishes "Love You Forever"

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch

MurderAssassination Attempt

Oct 2 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • Oct 3 Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die
  • Oct 3 TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, was officially opened.
  • Oct 4 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
  • Oct 4 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
  • Oct 5 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms
  • Oct 6 Russian nuclear sub K291 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Oct 7 First edition of new British newspaper "Independent" published
  • Oct 8 Mike Scott ties playoff record of 14 strikeouts, beats Mets 1-0
  • Oct 8 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
  • Oct 9 Senate convicted US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment
  • Oct 10 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 Shimon Peres resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres

Conference of InterestReagan and Gorbachev

Oct 11 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland

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US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet at the Reykjavik Summit in Iceland
US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet at the Reykjavik Summit in Iceland
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 14 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, for his efforts to ensure the Holocaust was remembered

Author Elie Wiesel
Author
Elie Wiesel
  • Oct 14 Tim Kides of West NY, NJ performs 25,000 leg raises in 11:57:15
  • Oct 16 Armand Hammer returns to US with Jewish refusenik David Goldfarb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 US government shuts down due to disputes between President Reagan and the House

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Oct 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 16 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet, becomes the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • Oct 17 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Yitzhak Rabin forms Israeli government

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Oct 19 USSR expels five US diplomats
  • Oct 20 Tupolev-134 crashes in Southern Africa
  • Oct 21 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" premieres in London
  • Oct 21 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • Oct 21 Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Oct 21 American writer Edward Tracy kidnapped in Beirut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 23 Artist Keith Haring commissioned to paint a mural on the Berlin wall by Checkpoint Charlie Museum 300 metres long

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • Oct 24 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • Oct 25 International Red Cross ousted from South Africa
  • Oct 25 Michael Sergio Parachutes into Shea Stadium during game 6 of WS
  • Oct 27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
  • Oct 28 Stanley E. Hubbard's KOB sells the company's Albuquerque, New Mexico radio stations, KOB-AM and KOB-FM, the stations change their call signs to KKOB

USAStatue of Liberty

Oct 28 The centennial of the Statue of Liberty's dedication is celebrated in New York Harbor

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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'Splendid Achievement' becomes the 'Road To Hell''Splendid Achievement' becomes the 'Road To Hell'

Oct 29 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the final stretch of London's Orbital Motorway, the M25. Then the world’s longest ring road at 117 miles (188.3 km).

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Margaret Thatcher poses on the M25 before cutting a ribbon to open it
Margaret Thatcher poses on the M25 before cutting a ribbon to open it
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  • Oct 30 Discovery moves to OPF where more than 200 modifications are made

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character (General Hospital)
  • Oct 12 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, born in Beizhen, China (d. 2020)
  • Oct 21 Natalee Holloway, U.S teen, disappeared in Aruba
  • Oct 25 Eddie Gaven, American footballer (Columbus Crew), born in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Weddings in History

  • Oct 16 Marie Osmond marries Brian Blosil

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Oct 6 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, dies at 86
  • Oct 14 Mary Lund, American women first to receive an artificial heart, dies at 40
  • Oct 16 C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Moses Asch, record founder (Folkways), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • Oct 20 Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • Oct 21 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), dies at 93
  • Oct 22 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), dies at 89
  • Oct 23 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • Oct 28 Marga Klompé, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), dies at 64
  • Oct 29 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
  • Oct 31 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90