What Happened in April 1987

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Apr 2 Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
  • Apr 2 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
  • Apr 3 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • Apr 3 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers
  • Apr 3 Duchess of Windsor's jewels auctioned for £31,380,197
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
  • Apr 4 141st Grand National: Steve Knight aboard Maori Venture wins

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Apr 5 16th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children & Tracey Ullman

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Apr 5 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 6 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Apr 6 Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler
  • Apr 6 Al Campanis appears on Niteline saying blacks may not be equiped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • Apr 7 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 7 Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on "Nightline"
  • Apr 9 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
  • Apr 11 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • Apr 11 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)
  • Apr 12 51st Masters Golf Tournament: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
  • Apr 12 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • Apr 12 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 12 Texaco files for bankruptcy
  • Apr 12 CBS' premiere of fact based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • Apr 13 1st 3 SD Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • Apr 13 Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)
  • Apr 14 Turkey asks to join European market
  • Apr 15 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 15 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 16 August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama
  • Apr 16 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern & Infinity Broadcasting are warned by FCC

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Apr 16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 16 Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to August Wilson for "Fences"
  • Apr 16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.

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Apr 17 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Apr 17 Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate
  • Apr 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 18 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air
  • Apr 18 Bob Land wins his 6th straight Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 18 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 18 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • Apr 19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • Apr 19 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • Apr 19 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver
  • Apr 19 Jacqueline Blanc, sets women's downhill ski speed rec (124.902 mph)
  • Apr 19 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open
  • Apr 19 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • Apr 19 Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve
  • Apr 19 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:11:50 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:21
  • Apr 20 Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead
  • Apr 20 US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
  • Apr 21 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • Apr 21 Dow Jones Average soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history
  • Apr 21 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

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Apr 21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • Apr 21 Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
  • Apr 22 Sri Lanka Air Force bomb Tamil, 100s killed
  • Apr 23 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Apr 23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY

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Apr 24 Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Apr 26 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 27 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II
  • Apr 28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • Apr 28 American engineer Ben Linder is killed in an ambush by U.S.-funded Contras in northern Nicaragua.
  • Apr 28 1987 NFL Draft: Vinny Testaverde from University of Miami first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Apr 29 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Apr 29 Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US
  • Apr 30 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

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Apr 30 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player
  • Apr 1 Li Ting, Chinese diver
  • Apr 3 Julie Sokolow, American musician
  • Apr 3 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player
  • Apr 3 Jay Bruce, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Devon Anderson, English actor
  • Apr 4 Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress
  • Apr 6 Levi Porter, English footballer
  • Apr 7 Alexa Demara, American model and actress
  • Apr 8 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 9 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Apr 9 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer
  • Apr 10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano

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Apr 11 Joss Stone, English singer-songwriter (The Soul Sessions), born in Dover, Kent

Singer Joss Stone
Joss Stone
  • Apr 12 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • Apr 12 Brooklyn Decker, American fashion model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), born in Kettering, Ohio
  • Apr 13 Brandon Hardesty, American internet entertainer
  • Apr 16 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 16 Neil Haskell, Finalist of SYTYCD Season 3
  • Apr 16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer
  • Apr 18 Danny Guthrie, English footballer
  • Apr 18 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer

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Apr 19 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player, born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Apr 19 Joe Hart, English Under-21 Footballer
  • Apr 19 Oksana Akinshina, Russian actress
  • Apr 19 Courtland Mead, American actor
  • Apr 20 John Patrick Amedori, American actor
  • Apr 21 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Apr 23 Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion
  • Apr 24 Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 24 Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 25 Johann Smith, American soccer player
  • Apr 26 Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15
  • Apr 27 William Moseley, British actor
  • Apr 27 Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Canadian actress
  • Apr 27 Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater
  • Apr 29 Alicia Morton, American actress
  • Apr 30 Nikki Webster, Australian entertainer
  • Apr 30 Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer

Famous Deaths

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Apr 2 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Apr 3 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • Apr 3 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • Apr 4 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 7 Maxine Sullivan, [Williams], US actress (Going Places), dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • Apr 11 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • Apr 11 Kent Taylor, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • Apr 11 Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • Apr 14 Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Apr 17 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • Apr 17 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Apr 19 Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • Apr 19 Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • Apr 20 Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • Apr 26 John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • Apr 26 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28 Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • Apr 30 Hugh Dempster, actor (Anna Karenina, Candles at Nine), dies