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
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 A. 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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
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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 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
  • 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-Philadelphia 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
  • 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

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 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • Mar 8th 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • 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
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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
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)
  • Mar 22nd Betsy King wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the 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
  • Mar 29th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

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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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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 Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)