On This Day

1986 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 473

  • Mar 12 210.25 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 12 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • Mar 13 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 14 European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
  • Mar 15 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • Mar 17 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • Mar 18 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • Mar 20 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • Mar 20 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • Mar 21 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 21 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02)
  • Mar 22 Ehrig skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.99)
  • Mar 22 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 22 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)

  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 Hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • Mar 28 John N McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • Mar 31 English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Mar 31 Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
  • Apr 1 US submarine Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea
  • Apr 1 World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel
  • Apr 2 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • Apr 2 George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Apr 3 Maureen O'Boyle (future host of "A Current Affair") is raped
  • Apr 3 US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
  • Apr 5 Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121m)
  • Apr 5 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • Apr 9 "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 A 1921 Canadian 50 cent coin is auctioned in New York for $22,000
  • Apr 11 Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
  • Apr 11 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km
  • Apr 11 KXA-AM in Seattle WA changes call letters to KRPM
  • Apr 12 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 13 Pope John Paul II meets Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • Apr 14 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
  • Apr 14 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
  • Apr 15 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • Apr 15 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

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Apr 16 To dispel rumors he's dead, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on TV

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Apr 16 West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
  • Apr 17 Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
  • Apr 18 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
  • Apr 18 Robert M Gates becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 18 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB
  • Apr 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 20 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
  • Apr 22 Consumer Price Index drops .04% for 2nd month in a row
  • Apr 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 23 Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
  • Apr 23 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
  • Apr 25 ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • Apr 25 Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
  • Apr 26 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 26 Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds

Historic DiscoveryPripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

Apr 26 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe

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'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
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  • Apr 27 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Apr 29 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library
  • Apr 30 Ashrita Furman performs 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles
  • Apr 30 Mariners strike out 16 times, set record of 36 in 2 consecutive games
  • May 1 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • May 1 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • May 2 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • May 3 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • May 3 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit
  • May 4 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • May 5 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • May 6 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • May 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • May 15 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
  • May 16 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from the dead on TV soap "Dallas"
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 South African President P. W. Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • May 16 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 19 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • May 21 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • 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
  • Sep 7 Ruth Polsky, record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30
  • Sep 12 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer and painter, dies at 92
  • Sep 19 Vivian Duncan, entertainer (Duncan Sisters), dies
  • Sep 21 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Ben Sajet, physician/politician, dies at 99
  • Sep 25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • Sep 25 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian Chemist and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 90
  • Sep 28 Carmen DeRue, entertainer, dies
  • 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
  • Nov 3 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Nov 4 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)

Person of interestVyacheslav Molotov

Nov 8 Vyacheslav Molotov [Skryabin], Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), dies at 96

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Nov 13 Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
  • Nov 17 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • Nov 20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 22 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Betico Croes, Arubian politician, dies in an accident at 48
  • 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

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

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

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)