What Happened in October 1987

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 1 6 killed by an earthquake measuring 6.1 in LA
  • Oct 1 Fiji's constitution is suspended
  • Oct 1 The Whittier Narrows earthquake shook the San Gabriel Valley, registering as a magnitude 5.9.
  • Oct 3 Benito Santiago ends longest catcher/rookie hitting streak at 34
  • Oct 3 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • Oct 3 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 4 1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players
  • Oct 4 Blues Jays lose final 7 games allowing Tigers to win AL pennant
  • Oct 4 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
  • Oct 4 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)
  • Oct 6 Military coup leader Maj-Gen Sitiveni Rabuka declares Fiji a republic
  • Oct 9 Japanese bank buys "Lady McGill" stamp for $1,100,000
  • Oct 10 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"
  • Oct 10 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • Oct 10 Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game
  • Oct 11 200,000 gays march for civil rights in Washington
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Oct 12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers for AL pennant
  • Oct 12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 13 1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)
  • Oct 13 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 13 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup v Sri Lanka
  • Oct 14 In Midland, Tx 1½-year-old Jessica McClure falls 22' (7m) down a well
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 15 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Oct 15 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
  • Oct 15 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • Oct 15 Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • Oct 15 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
  • Oct 16 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
  • Oct 16 338,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Oct 16 Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)
  • Oct 16 Jessica McClure rescued 58 hrs after falling 22' into a well shaft

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 16 Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Oct 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Great Storm of 1987: hurricane force winds to hit much of the South of England killing 23 people.
  • Oct 17 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 17 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Oct 19 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances
  • Oct 19 "Black Monday" Dow Jones down 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times previous record
  • Oct 19 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • Oct 19 Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM & Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 20 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Oct 20 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
  • Oct 20 Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)
  • Oct 20 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail
  • Oct 21 7th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • Oct 21 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Robert M Solow
  • Oct 21 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination
  • Oct 22 "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 262 performances
  • Oct 22 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Joseph Brodsky
  • Oct 23 Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit
  • Oct 23 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate
  • Oct 24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • Oct 25 Minnesota Twins win their 1st World Series championship beating St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 84th World Series
  • Oct 26 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • Oct 26 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
  • Oct 27 Lucas Mangopes Democratic Party wins Bophuthatswana elections
  • Oct 27 Peter Shaffer's "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London
  • Oct 27 South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution
  • Oct 29 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • Oct 29 Thomas Hearns wins unprecidented 4th different weight boxing title
  • Oct 30 In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.
  • Oct 31 1st jockey to win 9 races in 1 day (Chris Antley at Belmont)
  • Oct 31 A pair in Coventry, England, ties world record for longest singles tennis match at 80 hrs 21 minutes

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor, singer
  • Oct 2 Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player
  • Oct 3 Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican Miss Universe
  • Oct 4 Michael Roman, actor (Al-One Life to Live)
  • Oct 4 Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer
  • Oct 5 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer
  • Oct 5 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver
  • Oct 7 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer
  • Oct 8 Aya Hirano, Japanese Seiyuu
  • Oct 11 Mike Conley, Jr., American basketball player
  • Oct 15 Jesse Levine, American tennis player
  • Oct 17 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer
  • Oct 17 Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
  • Oct 18 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • Oct 18 Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • Oct 22 Jake Richardson, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Faye Hamlin, Swedish singer (Play)
  • Oct 24 Charlie White, American ice dancer
  • Oct 24 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer
  • Oct 24 Lincoln Lewis, Australian actor
  • Oct 25 Darron Gibson, Irish football player
  • Oct 25 Fabian Hambüchen, German gymnast and Olympic medallist
  • Oct 27 Andrew Bynum, American basketball player
  • Oct 27 Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (Disputed)
  • Oct 28 Frank Ocean [Christopher Breaux], American singer-songwriter (Thinkin Bout You), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
  • Oct 30 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Paralympian Rick Hansen (30) weds physiotherapist Amanda Reid

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Madeleine Carroll, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • Oct 2 Peter Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French playwright (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Clare A Booth Luce, US diplomat/journalist, dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 12 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian Singer (b.1929)
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 20 Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 Lino Ventura, Italian/French actor (Medusa touch), dies at 68
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist, dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS), dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, France, surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, dies at 57
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83