Events in History in 1986

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  • Jan 1 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • Jan 1 International Peace Year begins
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • Jan 1 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • Jan 1 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 6 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 6 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • Jan 6 STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • Jan 7 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes
  • Jan 7 STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems

Historic Event

Jan 7 US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

  • Jan 9 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
  • Jan 10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • Jan 10 Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Jan 11 Douglas Wilder of Virginia, 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in
  • Jan 12 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • Jan 13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • Jan 13 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • Jan 13 South Yemen President Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • Jan 14 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect
  • Jan 14 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the second freely elected President of Guatemala since CIA-sponsored coup in 1954
  • Jan 16 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • Jan 16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • Jan 18 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth
  • Jan 18 NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46)
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million

Historic Event

Jan 19 Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

  • Jan 19 Spain recognizes Israel

Historic Event

Jan 20 1st US federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK Day

  • Jan 20 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Channel)
  • Jan 20 Military coup in Lesotho under major general Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • Jan 21 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
  • Jan 22 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
  • Jan 23 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB
  • Jan 24 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 24 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Jan 24 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons

  • Jan 25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda
  • Jan 26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala, Uganda
  • Jan 28 Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.

USS Challenger Explodes

Jan 28 Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space

  • Jan 29 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 29 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda
  • Jan 31 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart
  • Feb 1 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH

Meeting of Interest

Feb 2 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

  • Feb 2 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

Meeting of Interest

Feb 3 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta

  • Feb 3 US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident
  • Feb 4 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner

Election of Interest

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
  • 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)

Election of Interest

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

  • 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
  • Feb 25 Iran conquers Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • Feb 25 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotels
  • 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
  • Mar 2 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • Mar 2 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • Mar 6 USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
  • Mar 7 South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends
  • Mar 8 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • Mar 8 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km
  • Mar 9 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • Mar 9 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • Mar 9 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • Mar 11 1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC
  • Mar 11 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Mar 11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • 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 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • Mar 13 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • 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)

Historic Event

Mar 20 Jacques Chirac forms French government

  • 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 Kania skates ladies' world record 1500m (1:59.30)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Debi Thomas (USA)
  • Mar 24 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
  • Mar 24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • Mar 24 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Election of Interest

Apr 14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa

  • 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 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
  • Apr 15 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing

TV Show Appearance

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

  • 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 Moscow, Russia, his first appearance in his Russian homeland since 1925
  • 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 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

Pripyat: 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

  • 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 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
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California
  • May 12 President Reagan appoints Dr James C. Fletcher NASA Administrator

Historic Publication

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

  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.

Historic Event

May 15 Former President of Argentina Leopoldo Galtieri is sentenced to 12 years in prison for mishandling the Falkland Islands War [1]

  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • May 25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • May 25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
  • May 25 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • May 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • May 27 President Reagan orders 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
  • May 28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados
  • May 29 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia