- Jan 6 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
- Jun 8 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
- Jun 11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term
- Oct 19 Black Monday: Dow Jones stock index falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin
On January 3, 1987