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1986 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

53rd Annual Bach Festival.  Dr. Thomas Somerville conducting
Harrison Birtwistle's opera "Mask of Orpheus" premières at the London Coliseum.

POLITICS

The Los Angeles Central Library is badly damaged by an arsonist.  It took 65 fire companies, 9 rescue ambulances, two helicopters.  The head of the History Department, Mary Pratt, was a close friend of mine.  She was devastated by the loss.  Total cost of the damages was estimated at about $22 million.  Some of the rare manuscripts were a total loss.  It took months to rebuild.  Many of the books were saved by a special freeze drying method.
Money Laundering Act of 1986 is passed, making money laundering a federal crime.
World's worst nuclear accident occurs when the Chernobyl Power Station explodes.
US planes bomb Libya
US and Australia suspend the ANZUS alliance after New Zealand blocks admittance of nuclear warships from entering port

POINTS OF INTEREST

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff killing all aboard.
L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer, and founder of the Scientology religious movement, dies
Wallace Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, dies
Benny Goodman, popular WWII bandleader, dies

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