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 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • 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 2 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Jan 4 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide
  • 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
  • Jan 8 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
  • Jan 9 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
  • Jan 10 Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Jan 10 NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
  • Jan 11 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • Jan 12 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
  • Jan 13 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • Jan 13 South Yemen President Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • 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 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 15 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • Jan 16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • Jan 16 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • 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

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Jan 19 Israeli Premier Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Jan 19 Spain recognizes Israel

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Jan 20 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 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 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president
  • Jan 24 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • Jan 24 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • Jan 25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda
  • Jan 26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala Uganda
  • Jan 28 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
  • Jan 28 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 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

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
  • Feb 3 OPEC fails to agree upon a petroleum production agreement after a 2 day meeting in Vienna

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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

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Feb 5 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

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

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
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 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 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 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously
  • Feb 11 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • Feb 11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • Feb 14 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines
  • Feb 15 Philipines 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 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 20 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration
  • 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 24 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
  • Feb 25 Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines, Marcos flees the country
  • 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 27 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis
  • 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 4 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • Mar 5 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • 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 10 Ernie Lombardi, NL MVP in 1938, & Bobby Doerr, elected to Hall of Fame
  • 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 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)
  • 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 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 22 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • 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 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules Air Force could ban wearing of yarmulkes
  • Mar 27 Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking
  • 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 Delhi beat Haryana by innings & 141 to win Ranji Trophy
  • 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
  • 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

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Apr 7 Wrestlemania II at 3 locations, Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 9 "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

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Apr 10 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Canadain 1921 50 cent piece 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
  • Apr 13 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second

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 21 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on TV & finds nothing
  • 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

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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  • Apr 27 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Apr 28 Soviet TV news program Vremya announces a nuclear accident at Chernobyl nuclear power station, 2 days after the event
  • Apr 29 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library
  • Apr 30 Ashrita Furman peformed 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles
  • Apr 30 Mariners strike out 16 times, set record of 36 in 2 consecutive games
  • May 1 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
  • 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
  • May 10 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 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