Historical Events in 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

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Jan 7th Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 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)

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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

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 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

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Jan 12th Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 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

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Jan 17th US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 18th 3rd 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
  • Jan 20th Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"
  • Jan 20th 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE

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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

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Jan 21st B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

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Jan 21st Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 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)
  • 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

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Jan 25th 75th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

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Jan 25th 75th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Martina Navratilova (7-5, 7-6)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 25th 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26th 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie
  • 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
  • Jan 28th US Foreign minister George Shultz meets ANC-leader Oliver Tambo
  • Jan 28th Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

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Jan 29th Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

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Jan 29th William J Casey, ends term as 13th director of CIA

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • Jan 29th The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila

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Jan 31st 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • 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
  • 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

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Feb 7th Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 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

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Feb 8th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 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
  • 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

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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

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Feb 26th NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 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)
  • Feb 27th NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

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Mar 1st Jane Geddes wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 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

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 7th Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 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
  • 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+ performances

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Mar 12th David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Mar 12th Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
  • Mar 12th Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 12th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • Mar 12th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 13th Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

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Mar 13th John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Mar 13th Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14th Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14th Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m
  • Mar 14th Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt
  • Mar 14th NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

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Mar 14th 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Mar 15th "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15th "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • Mar 15th Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15th NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15th US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17th IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
  • Mar 17th Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak
  • Mar 18th Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica & Matthew)
  • Mar 18th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 19th Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)
  • Mar 19th Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19th Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Mar 19th PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn
  • Mar 19th Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)
  • Mar 20th FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20th NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20th Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20th Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 20th Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21st PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)

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Mar 22nd Betsy King wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 23rd Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23rd US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf
  • Mar 23rd West Germany SPD chairman Willy Brandt resigns

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Mar 24th 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Mar 24th WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 25th Supreme Court rules women/minorities may get jobs if less qualified
  • Mar 26th August Wilson's "Fences" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 26th Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 26th NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it failed to reach orbit
  • Mar 26th Natl Fed of High School adopts college 3 point shot (21 feet)
  • Mar 27th President Habre's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad
  • Mar 28th Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
  • Mar 29th 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44

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Mar 29th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

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Mar 29th Wrestlemania III: 93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • Mar 29th Yitzhak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Herut Party
  • Mar 29th 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: Howard the Duck wins

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Mar 30th 59th Academy Awards - "Platoon", Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin

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Mar 30th Vincent van Goghs "Sunflowers" sells for record 22.5M pounds ($39.7 million)