What Happened on April 17, 1987

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Deaths

  • Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39