October 1986 calendar

October 1986

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 1986.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on October 1986: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1986?


  • 01 Oct 1986 U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater-Nichols Act into law, making official the largest reorganization of the United States Department of Defense since the Air Force was made a separate branch of service in 1947.
  • 02 Oct 1986 Failed assassination attempt on India Premier Rajiv Gandhi
  • 03 Oct 1986 Baltimore loses assuring Orioles of their 1st last-place finish
  • 04 Oct 1986 New York Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves
  • 05 Oct 1986 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms.
  • 06 Oct 1986 Russian nuclear sub sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • 07 Oct 1986 1st edition British newspaper Independent begins publishing
  • 08 Oct 1986 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
  • 09 Oct 1986 Phantom of the Opera premeires in London
  • 10 Oct 1986 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador
  • 11 Oct 1986 Reagan and Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 12 Oct 1986 California Angels, within one pitch of pennant victory lose to Boston Red Sox.
  • 13 Oct 1986 20th Country Music Association Award
  • 14 Oct 1986 IOC decides to stagger Winter and Summer Olympic schedule
  • 15 Oct 1986 Longest post-season game, New York Mets beat Houston Astros 7-6 in 16 innings and win National League pennant.
  • 16 Oct 1986 Raggedy Ann opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 17 Oct 1986 Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government
  • 19 Oct 1986 Flamenco Puro opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 20 Oct 1986 Tupolev-134 crashes in Southern Africa
  • 21 Oct 1986 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • 22 Oct 1986 Into the Light opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 24 Oct 1986 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • 25 Oct 1986 Trailing 5-3 with 2 out and no one on in bottom of 10th, New York rallies to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, Bill Buckner misplays a ball
  • 26 Oct 1986 Into the Light closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 27 Oct 1986 New York Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series
  • 28 Oct 1986 KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM changes call letters to KKOB
  • 29 Oct 1986 Kirk Muller scores New Jersey Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • 30 Oct 1986 Discovery moves to OPF where more than 200 modification are made
  • 05 Oct 1986 Mordechai Vanunu's story in The Sunday Times reveals Israel's secret nuclear weapons.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in October 1986?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Stuck With You
  2. - When I Think Of You
  3. - True Colorsyoutube
  4. - Friends And Lovers
  5. - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Don't Leave Me This Way
  2. - True Blue
  3. - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  4. - Every Loser Wins
  5. - I Want To Wake Up With You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1986?

A Matter Of Honor by Jeffrey Archer

A Matter Of Honor


It appears innocent enough. It is a letter that a disgraced British colonel leaves to his only son. Adam Scott opened the yellowing envelope and set into motion.

The Golden Cup by Belva Plain

The Golden Cup


Henrietta Roth is an extraordinary woman who fights for her destiny in this spectacular return to Evergreen. Three turbulent generations are vividly brought to life against the backdrop of

Mayflower Madam by Sydney Biddle Barrows with William Novak

Mayflower Madam


Sydney Biddle Barrows, a comedian, writer, and humorist, tells the fascinating story of how she combined business and sex in order to create Cachet, which is the escort service of preference for powerful, well-known men.

A Cast Of Killers by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

A Cast Of Killers


William Desmond Taylor, a distinguished director of silent films, was gunned down in his Los Angeles bungalow on February 1, 1922 by an unknown assailant.

The Wild Blue by Walter J. Boyne and Steven L. Thompson

The Wild Blue


Wild Blue, The by Boyne and Walter J. Steven L. Thompson