Historical Events for Year 1987

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Jan 1st - 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
Jan 1st - China's rudimentary civil code in effect
Jan 1st - International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins
Jan 1st - 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
Jan 1st - 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
Jan 1st - 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
Jan 2nd - Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
Jan 2nd - 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
Jan 3rd - "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
Jan 3rd - "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances
Jan 3rd - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist Aretha Franklin
Jan 4th - 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
Jan 5th - Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, NJ
Jan 6th - 100th US Congress convenes
Jan 6th - Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
Jan 7th - French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
Cricketer Kapil DevCricketer Kapil Dev Jan 7th - Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest
Jan 8th - Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
Jan 8th - Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
Jan 9th - Chinese/Vietnamese border fights, 1500 killed
Jan 9th - New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect
Jan 11th - Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)
Jan 11th - "The Drive", trailing the Cleveland Browns 20-13 with only 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game and the ball on their own two-yard line, Denver quarterback John Elway drove his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie the game, which the Broncos won in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XXI
Jan 11th - AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)
Jan 11th - NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins 17-0
Earl of Wessex Prince EdwardEarl of Wessex Prince Edward Jan 12th - Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training
Jan 13th - Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
Jan 13th - West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
Jan 14th - Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 15th - A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges
Jan 17th - US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
Jan 18th - 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
Jan 19th - Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
Jan 20th - Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan Jan 20th - Rhino Records 1st #1-Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"
Jan 20th - 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE
Jan 20th - Bank robber Robert Alan Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe
Jan 20th - UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
Jan 21st - B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi
Jan 21st - B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"
Jan 21st - Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"
Jan 22nd - Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
Jan 22nd - Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.
Jan 23rd - Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
Blues Musician Muddy WatersBlues Musician Muddy Waters Jan 23rd - Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)
Jan 25th - Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
Jan 25th - 75th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)
Jan 25th - 75th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Martina Navratilova (7-5, 7-6)
Jan 25th - 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
Jan 26th - 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama
Jan 26th - Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
Jan 27th - Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team
Singer and actress Whitney HoustonSinger and actress Whitney Houston Jan 28th - US Foreign minister George Shultz meets ANC-leader Oliver Tambo
Jan 28th - Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
Jan 29th - Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry
Jan 29th - William J Casey, ends term as 13th director of CIA
Jan 29th - The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila
Jan 31st - 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win
Jan 31st - United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
Feb 1st - 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze
Feb 1st - 38,873 NBA crowd watch Chicago at Detroit
Feb 1st - Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
Feb 1st - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 10-6
Feb 2nd - KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
Feb 2nd - Philippines adopts constitution
Deaf Actress Marlee MatlinDeaf Actress Marlee Matlin Feb 3rd - Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
Feb 3rd - SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
Feb 4th - US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
Feb 4th - Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
Feb 4th - Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
Feb 5th - Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
Feb 5th - Soyuz TM-2 launches
Feb 6th - No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
Feb 6th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
Feb 7th - "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
Feb 7th - Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
Pop Star MadonnaPop Star Madonna Feb 7th - Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1
Feb 7th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
Feb 7th - Police in South Korea make hundreds of arrests during protest demonstrations, the country's biggest for 6 years, after a student died in custody
Feb 8th - 37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle
Feb 8th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
Feb 9th - Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
Feb 9th - NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
Feb 10th - Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
Feb 11th - British Airways begins trading stocks
Feb 11th - England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
Feb 11th - Philippines constitution goes into effect
Feb 11th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez Feb 12th - Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
Feb 13th - Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
Feb 14th - 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Phila at Detroit
Feb 15th - ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
Feb 15th - Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
Feb 15th - Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
Feb 15th - Craig Stadler disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
Feb 15th - 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (176.263 MPH)
Feb 16th - John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
Feb 17th - Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
Feb 17th - Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
Feb 19th - "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
Feb 19th - Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985
Feb 19th - Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
Feb 19th - Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
Feb 19th - US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
Feb 20th - Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
Feb 20th - David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
Feb 20th - 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
Feb 21st - Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
Feb 21st - Syrian army marches into Beirut
Feb 22nd - Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
Feb 23rd - Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
Feb 23rd - Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
Feb 23rd - Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
Feb 24th - 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-JabbarNBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Feb 24th - LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point
Feb 24th - Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
Feb 25th - LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
Feb 25th - US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
Feb 26th - 1st release of Beatles compact discs
Feb 26th - NASA launches GEOS-H
Feb 26th - NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record
Feb 26th - Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
Feb 26th - USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Feb 26th - Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
Feb 27th - "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
Feb 27th - Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff
Feb 27th - Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
Basketball Superstar Michael JordanBasketball Superstar Michael Jordan Feb 27th - NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
Mar 1st - Jane Geddes wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
Mar 3rd - Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
Mar 6th - 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
Mar 6th - Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
Mar 7th - Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs
Mar 7th - Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 8th - 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
Mar 8th - David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
Mar 8th - FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in Calif
Mar 8th - Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
Mar 8th - Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
Mar 8th - 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
LPGA Golfer Jane GeddesLPGA Golfer Jane Geddes Mar 8th - "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
Mar 8th - 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
Mar 8th - 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
Mar 9th - Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
Mar 10th - Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
Mar 11th - Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point
Mar 12th - "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ perfs
Mar 12th - David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game
Mar 12th - Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
Mar 12th - Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)

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