1986

1986 was a memorable year for many reasons, particularly for space exploration, and sadly for mixed reasons. While humankind did make some advances in space, notably with NASA’s Voyager 2 passing by the icy planet Uranus, and with the launch of the Soviet Union’s space station, Mir, there was a major disaster that occurred this year.

1986

1986 will unfortunately be remembered in no small part due to the Challenger disaster. On January 28th, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean, less than two minutes after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with no crewmembers surviving the crash.

In another disaster for the other major power in the Cold War, on April 26th, the Chernobyl disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near Pripyat in what was at the time part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union. The explosion and fires caused unfathomable damage and killed thousands of people.

1986 was not all bad news, however. This was the year that Pixar Animation Studios opened in California, a company that would bring joy to millions with their films and animated creations. In television news, this was the year that The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication.

This was also a significant year for gamers, as Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda in Japan. This game would become an international sensation and, as part of Nintendo’s foundation, it would become a great gaming franchise, spanning decades. 1986 was also the year that Nintendo released Dragon Quest in Japan. This game would be released as Dragon Warrior in North America a few years later, after the localization process had been completed. This game is significant because it laid the foundation for the Role Playing Game (RPG) genre for gaming consoles.

1986 was also a big year for theatre and film. This was the year that The Phantom of the Operaopened in London. It holds the distinction of being the longest-running show in Broadway history. In film, Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon, Aliens, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were all notable films this year.

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Movies

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Aliens

Aliens

Directed by: James Cameron

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Country: United States of America

Kin-dza-dza!

Kin-dza-dza!

Directed by: Georgiy Daneliya

Starring: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeniy Leonov, Yuriy Yakovlev, Levan Gabriadze

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Country: United States of America

Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Country: United States of America

Platoon

Platoon

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Country: United States of America

Books

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Bus 9 To Paradise by Leo Buscaglia

Bus 9 To Paradise

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Paradise on earth? Why not. Our existence is precisely what we make it and by embracing the many pleasures life has to offer, we can have unlimited joy.

When All You'Ve Ever Wanted Isn'T Enough by Harold S. Kushner

When All You'Ve Ever Wanted Isn'T Enough

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'There is no Answer but there are answers...' Rabbi Kushner's previous bestseller brought comfort to millions by helping them cope with life's shattering tragedies.

James Herriot'S Dog Stories by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Dog Stories

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In this very special, heart-warming collection of favorite stories about dogs great and small, James Herriot tells us about his own dogs and all the wonderful people and animals we have

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic

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Last night, while I lay thinking here,Some Whatifs crawled inside my earAnd pranced and partied all night longAnd sang their same old Whatif song:Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif

Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

Fatherhood

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From one of America's most beloved funnymen comes a hilarious look at the lighter side of fatherhood. So, what is fatherhood...?It's

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1986 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. David
  6. Daniel
  7. James
  8. Andrew
  9. Robert
  10. John
Top #10 female names
  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Amanda
  4. Jennifer
  5. Sarah
  6. Stephanie
  7. Nicole
  8. Brittany
  9. Heather
  10. Elizabeth
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1986?


Events

  • 01 Jan Barbra Striesand and Jon Peters relationship breaks up
  • 02 Jan 191.66 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 06 Jan STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem
  • 07 Jan Chicago Bears defeat New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX
  • 08 Jan US President Ronald Reagan freezes Libyan assets in the US.
  • 09 Jan After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak leaves the instant picture camera business.
  • 10 Jan STS 61-C mission scrubbed T -9m because of bad weather at Kennedy
  • 11 Jan 1st black lt gov since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Va)
  • 12 Jan 24th space shuttle mission STS 61-C Columbia 7 is launched with the first Hispanic-American astronaut, Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz.
  • 13 Jan NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams.
  • 14 Jan Vinicio Cerezo becomes the second freely elected President of Guatemala since the US Central Intelligence Agency-sponsored coup in 1954.
  • 15 Jan Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • 16 Jan Police arrest three Irish Republican Army-terrorists in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 17 Jan Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 to regain WBA heavyweight title.
  • 18 Jan 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission - Columbia 7 - returns to Earth.
  • 19 Jan Israeli premier Simon Peres visits Netherlands.
  • 20 Jan 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr
  • 21 Jan Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed.
  • 22 Jan Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
  • 23 Jan Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 24 Jan Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • 25 Jan The National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.
  • 26 Jan Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana; Most Valuable Player: Richard Dent, Defensive End.
  • 27 Jan 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and Crystal Gayle.
  • 28 Jan 25th Space Shuttle mission (51L) - Challenger 10 explodes 73 seconds after liftoff. Killed are: Christa McAuliffe (teacher), Dr Judith Arlene Resnik, US Air Force Major Ellison S Onizuka, US Air Force Francis R Scobee, payload specialist Gregory B. Jarvis, US Navy Commander Michael J Smith, Ronald E McNair.
  • 29 Jan 193.8 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 31 Jan In Ohio, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurs.
  • 01 Feb KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • 02 Feb Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances
  • 03 Feb US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of Committee on Challenger Accident.
  • 04 Feb Israeli fighters intercept Libyan airliner (passenger plane).
  • 05 Feb Corazon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos appear on Nightline
  • 06 Feb New Jersey Devils' Peter McNab becomes the 42nd NHL player to score 350 goals.
  • 07 Feb Philippine Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns give the election to Marcos.
  • 08 Feb US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano.
  • 09 Feb Marvin Johnson wins record third time, light heavyweight boxing title.
  • 10 Feb John Lennon: Live in NYC album is released
  • 11 Feb Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • 15 Feb Philippines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • 16 Feb French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • 17 Feb Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM)
  • 19 Feb USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • 20 Feb Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York
  • 21 Feb AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • 22 Feb Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • 23 Feb Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register / Samaritan Golf Classic
  • 24 Feb Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for US$676 million.
  • 25 Feb 28th Grammy Awards: "We Are the World", Sade, Phil Collins win.
  • 26 Feb Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16).
  • 27 Feb The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
  • 28 Feb European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade.
  • 02 Mar Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US.
  • 04 Mar The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Halley's Comet and the first images of its nucleus.
  • 06 Mar Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter (Flowers), dies at age 98 (born 1887).
  • 07 Mar Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist.
  • 08 Mar Martina Navratilova is first tennis player to earn US$10 million.
  • 09 Mar NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger Astronauts
  • 10 Mar Ernie Lombardi, National League Most Valuable Player in 1938, and Bobby Doerr, elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 11 Mar 1 million days since traditional foundation of Rome, 4 / 21 / 753 BC
  • 12 Mar 210.25 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 13 Mar Soyuz T-15 carries 2 Cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • 15 Mar Funeral services held for Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme.
  • 16 Mar Chris Johnson wins LPGA GNA / Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • 17 Mar Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million Belgian francs.
  • 18 Mar US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money.
  • 21 Mar 199.22 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 22 Mar Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Gordeeva and Grinkov (URS)
  • 23 Mar 6th Golden Raspberry Awards: Rambo; First Blood Part II wins.
  • 24 Mar 58th Academy Awards - Out of Africa, William Hurt and G Page win
  • 25 Mar Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • 26 Mar Geffen records signs Guns and Roses
  • 27 Mar Disney-MGM Studio Tour ground breaking
  • 28 Mar John N McMahon, ends term as Deputy Director of CIA
  • 30 Mar Tango Argentino closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • 31 Mar English Hampton Court palace destroyed by fire, 1 dead
  • 01 Apr World oil prices dip below US$10 a barrel.
  • 02 Apr NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance).
  • 03 Apr US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
  • 04 Apr Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season.
  • 05 Apr Two US soldiers and a Turkish woman killed, 230 injured, in West Berlin discotheque bombing.
  • 06 Apr 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley.
  • 07 Apr Wrestlemania II at three locations, Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy.
  • 08 Apr Clint Eastwood elected Mayor of Carmel California, Make his day
  • 09 Apr Dallas announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character
  • 10 Apr Big Deal opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • 11 Apr A Canadain 1921 50 cent piece auctioned in NYC for $22,000
  • 12 Apr 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines.
  • 13 Apr Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic.
  • 14 Apr US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
  • 15 Apr US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • 16 Apr West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England.
  • 17 Apr Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for Lonesome Dove
  • 18 Apr Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • 19 Apr Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 20 Apr Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
  • 21 Apr Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Arizona).
  • 22 Apr Consumer Price Index drops .04% for 2nd month in a row
  • 23 Apr Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
  • 25 Apr ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • 26 Apr Actor / body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
  • 27 Apr Sweet Charity opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances
  • 28 Apr The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.
  • 29 Apr Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners
  • 30 Apr Ashrita Furman peforms 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles.
  • 01 May Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph.
  • 02 May Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II.
  • 03 May New York Yankees' Don Mattingly is sixth to hit three sacrifice flies in a game.
  • 04 May President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan.
  • 06 May Donald E Pelotte becomes first native American bishop.
  • 07 May In Andreanof Islands, Alaska, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurs. Tsunami generated with observed wave heights up to 175 cm.
  • 08 May Óscar Arias is inaugurated into his first term as President of Costa Rica.
  • 11 May Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic.
  • 12 May Bicycle is pedaled 65 mph
  • 14 May Institute for War documents publishes Anne Frank's complete diary.
  • 15 May Argentine ex-President Galtieri sentenced to 12 years.
  • 16 May Top Gun, premieres
  • 17 May Chicken Song by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart
  • 18 May David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yard pool.
  • 20 May Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • 21 May US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 22 May Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC
  • 23 May US and West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa.
  • 24 May Reginald Huffstetler treds water for 985 hours.
  • 25 May 30,000,000 watch Live Aid, a massive benefit concert
  • 26 May The European Community adopts the European flag.
  • 27 May Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 28 May Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados.
  • 29 May 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling "odontalgia".
  • 30 May Bobby Rahal is first to average over 170 mph in the Indianapolis 500.
  • 01 Jun 32nd LPGA Championship won by Pat Bradley
  • 02 Jun Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins.
  • 03 Jun Battles in Beirut; 53 killed
  • 04 Jun Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence.
  • 05 Jun SD Padre Steve Garvey ejected for 1st time
  • 06 Jun Kathy Ormsby, a 21-year-old member of the North Carolina State track team jumps off a bridge permanently paralyzing herself.
  • 07 Jun 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8
  • 08 Jun Big Deal closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • 09 Jun 20th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers and Loretta Lynn
  • 11 Jun Amnesty International megaconcert
  • 12 Jun P W Botha declares South African national emergency.
  • 13 Jun US President Ronald Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency.
  • 15 Jun 86th US Golf Open: Ray Floyd shoots a 279 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - New York
  • 16 Jun 1 day general strike in South Africa
  • 17 Jun US Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns; Antonin Scalia nominated.
  • 18 Jun 52 die in plane / helicopter collision over Grand Canyon
  • 19 Jun Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics), suffers fatal cocaine-induced seizure (born 1963).
  • 20 Jun Jim Fregosi replaces Tony LaRussa as White Sox manager
  • 21 Jun Living on Video by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • 22 Jun Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 23 Jun Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
  • 24 Jun US Senate approves tax reform
  • 25 Jun Former Belgium Premier Vanden Boeynants sentenced for fraud
  • 27 Jun World Court rules US aid to Nicaraguan contras illegal.
  • 28 Jun Irish population condemns divorce
  • 29 Jun Argentina becomes world champion soccer team (3-2 against W-Germany)
  • 30 Jun Georgia sodomy law upheld by Supreme Court (5-4)
  • 01 Jul CSX Transportation is established.
  • 02 Jul After 14 wins, Roger Clemens suffer his 1st loss of year
  • 03 Jul U.S. President Ronald Reagan presides over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
  • 05 Jul 93rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats H Mandlikova (76 63)
  • 06 Jul 100th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (64 63 75)
  • 07 Jul IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released
  • 08 Jul Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • 09 Jul Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson
  • 11 Jul Mary Beth Whitehead christens surrogate Baby M, Sara
  • 13 Jul In the California - Mexico border region, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurs.
  • 14 Jul 10 killed and 60 injured at ETA-bomb attack in Madrid
  • 15 Jul 57th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at Astrodome, Houston
  • 17 Jul Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time
  • 18 Jul 115th British Golf Open: Greg Norman shoots a 280 at Turnberry Scotld
  • 19 Jul Indian pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game tying him with
  • 20 Jul Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 21 Jul Barbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe
  • 22 Jul House of Representatives impeaches Judge Harry E Claiborne on tax evasion.
  • 23 Jul King Hassan II meets with Israeli Premier Simon Peres
  • 24 Jul San Francisco Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage.
  • 25 Jul Sikhs extremist kill 16 hindus in Muhktsar India
  • 26 Jul Lebanese kidnappers released Reverend Lawrence Martin Jenco.
  • 27 Jul 14th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley
  • 28 Jul Bomb attack in East Beirut, 25 killed
  • 29 Jul Bomb attack in West-Beirut, 30 killed
  • 01 Aug Bert Blyleven becomes 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000
  • 02 Aug TODAY / PC born today
  • 03 Aug Amy Alcott wins LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
  • 04 Aug OPEC lowers oil production 20%
  • 05 Aug Steve Carlton is 2nd to pitch 4,000 strikeout
  • 06 Aug Phil Katz releases PKARC version 1.0, for IBM
  • 07 Aug Honky Tonk Nights opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 08 Aug Record 3 grandslams in a game- (Harrah-Tex, Sheets & Dwyer-Orioles)
  • 09 Aug Honky Tonk Nights closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 10 Aug Me & My Girl opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 1420 performances
  • 11 Aug 68th PGA Championship: Bob Tway shoots a 276 at Inverness Club Toledo
  • 12 Aug Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season.
  • 13 Aug KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)
  • 14 Aug Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto arrested
  • 15 Aug US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger.
  • 17 Aug Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • 18 Aug Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia PA on WYSP 94.1 FM
  • 19 Aug Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran Iran
  • 20 Aug Mail carrier Patrick Sherrill, Edmond Ok, shot 14 fellow workers dead
  • 21 Aug Rags opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 22 Aug Gas from Volcano Chamberoen kills 1,734 (Cameroon)
  • 23 Aug Rags closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 24 Aug Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
  • 26 Aug Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • 27 Aug Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
  • 28 Aug Bolivia President Victor Paz Estensoro calls state of siege
  • 29 Aug Morocco King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya
  • 30 Aug Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • 31 Aug Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die
  • 01 Sep Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 02 Sep Cathy Evelyn Smith sentenced to three years for death of John Belushi.
  • 03 Sep Astros and Cubs use a record 53 players in an 18 inning game
  • 04 Sep 189.42 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 05 Sep 3rd MTV Awards: Whitney Houston wins
  • 06 Sep Attack on synagogue in Istanbul, 23 killed
  • 07 Sep 100th US Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Helena Sukova (63 62)
  • 08 Sep Westinghouse sells Muzak
  • 09 Sep At the Palladium in Manhattan, New York, Compaq Computer introduces the Compaq Deskpro 386, the first 80386-based personal computer offered by a major computer manufacturer. The Model 40 features a 16 MHz Intel 80386 and 40 MB hard drive, for US$6449. The Model 130 has a 130 MB hard drive, for US$8799.
  • 10 Sep Bryan O'Connor named chairman of US Space Flight Safety Panel.
  • 11 Sep President Mubarak receives Israeli Premier Peres
  • 12 Sep 240.49 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
  • 13 Sep Kellye Cash (Tenn), 21, crowned 60th Miss America 1987
  • 14 Sep Bomb attack in Paris, 2 killed
  • 15 Sep 1st broadcast of LA Law on NBC-TV
  • 16 Sep Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed
  • 17 Sep Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed
  • 18 Sep Motorola announces the Motorola 68030 microprocessor. It incorporates about 300,000 transistors.
  • 19 Sep Captain EO with Michael Jackson premieres
  • 20 Sep Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State.
  • 21 Sep 38th Emmy Awards: Golden Girls, Cagney and Lacey and Michael J Fox win
  • 22 Sep 35 countries signs disarmament accord in Stockholm
  • 23 Sep Astro Jim Deshaies strikes out 1st 8 Dodger of game (ends with 10)
  • 25 Sep Antonin Scalia appointed to Supreme Court
  • 26 Sep William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Chief Justice of Supreme Court
  • 27 Sep US Senate joins House of Representatives voting for sweeping tax reforms.
  • 28 Sep Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yards
  • 29 Sep Airwolf, TV Adventure
  • 30 Sep US releases Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov.
  • 01 Oct 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 Failed assassination attempt on India Premier Rajiv Gandhi
  • 03 Oct Baltimore loses assuring Orioles of their 1st last-place finish
  • 04 Oct New York Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves
  • 05 Oct London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms.
  • 06 Oct Russian nuclear sub sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • 07 Oct 1st edition British newspaper Independent begins publishing
  • 08 Oct RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
  • 09 Oct Phantom of the Opera premeires in London
  • 10 Oct 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador
  • 11 Oct Reagan and Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 12 Oct California Angels, within one pitch of pennant victory lose to Boston Red Sox.
  • 13 Oct 20th Country Music Association Award
  • 14 Oct IOC decides to stagger Winter and Summer Olympic schedule
  • 15 Oct Longest post-season game, New York Mets beat Houston Astros 7-6 in 16 innings and win National League pennant.
  • 16 Oct Raggedy Ann opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 17 Oct Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government
  • 19 Oct Flamenco Puro opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 20 Oct Tupolev-134 crashes in Southern Africa
  • 21 Oct IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • 22 Oct Into the Light opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 24 Oct Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • 25 Oct 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 Into the Light closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 27 Oct New York Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series
  • 28 Oct KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM changes call letters to KKOB
  • 29 Oct Kirk Muller scores New Jersey Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • 30 Oct Discovery moves to OPF where more than 200 modification are made
  • 01 Nov Fire in Sandoz-factory Basel, 30 tons of chemicals in the Rhine
  • 02 Nov 17th NYC Marathon won by Gianni Poli in 2:11:06
  • 03 Nov Federated States of Micronesia signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • 04 Nov Democrats regain control of the United States Senate for the first time in six years.
  • 05 Nov USS Rentz, USS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China -- the first US Naval visit to China since 1949.
  • 06 Nov Rev Donald Wildmon begins a campaign against Howard Stern
  • 08 Nov Song & Dance closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances
  • 09 Nov Ai-Yu Tu wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
  • 10 Nov Bangladesh Constitution restored
  • 11 Nov Suriname government proclaims gold purification
  • 12 Nov Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously
  • 13 Nov Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
  • 14 Nov Doubleday Publishing sells New York Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon
  • 15 Nov 2nd time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay (Sam Knison hosts)
  • 17 Nov Oh Coward! opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 18 Nov Roger Clemens wins AL MVP
  • 19 Nov Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins NL MVP
  • 20 Nov Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
  • 21 Nov Central African Republic adopts constitution
  • 22 Nov Wayne Gretzky, of Edmonton Oilers, became 13th NHL player to score 500 goals.
  • 24 Nov Smile opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 25 Nov Iran-Contra affair erupts, President Reagan reveals secret arm deal
  • 26 Nov U.S. President Ronald Reagan announces that former Senator John Tower, former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft will serve as members of the Special Review Board looking into the Iran-Contra arms scandal (they became known as the Tower Commission). Reagan denies involvement in the scandal.
  • 28 Nov Hilbert van der Duim skates 1 hour world record 39.4928 km
  • 30 Nov Flamenco Puro closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 01 Dec Paul McCartney releases Only Love Remains
  • 02 Dec Dow-Jones index hits record 1955.57
  • 03 Dec Sri Lanka all out 55 versus West Indies in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in four 3 overs.
  • 04 Dec NASA launches Fltsatcom-7.
  • 06 Dec 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Florida (quarterback).
  • 07 Dec Juli Inkster / Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 08 Dec US House Democrats select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker.
  • 10 Dec Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Dec South Africa censors press.
  • 12 Dec Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed.
  • 14 Dec Voyager experimental aircraft, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California on first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
  • 15 Dec CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure
  • 16 Dec Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist Party of Kazakhstan, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's tenure
  • 17 Dec US Congress forms "Irangate" committee.
  • 18 Dec Mr Gates, serves as acting Director of CIA
  • 19 Dec USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile
  • 20 Dec White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, New York
  • 21 Dec Amy Alcott / Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 23 Dec Rutan andYeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling
  • 24 Dec French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released.
  • 26 Dec Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • 27 Dec Les Miserables opens at Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • 28 Dec Pat Davis, ranked 412th among world tennis competitors, wins Davis Cup.
  • 30 Dec US begins military exercises in Honduras.
  • 31 Dec Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97