Historical Events in August 1987

  • Aug 1 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 1 Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Aug 1 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Aug 1 In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings.
  • Aug 2 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
  • Aug 2 Christa Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man
  • Aug 2 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3")
  • Aug 2 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season
  • Aug 2 Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • Aug 2 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • Aug 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 3 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 3 Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26
  • Aug 3 Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2 lose
  • Aug 3 Twins Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound & is ejected
  • Aug 4 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • Aug 6 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • Aug 7 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • Aug 7 Javed Miandad scores 260 v England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
  • Aug 7 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39°F (4°C) Bering Sea
  • Aug 8 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game
  • Aug 8 Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait
  • Aug 8 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 69th PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots 287 at PGA National Palm Beach

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 9 Mary Beth wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 9 The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa's longest wage strike
  • Aug 10 Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully
  • Aug 10 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • Aug 11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • Aug 12 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
  • Aug 13 Cards outfield sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
  • Aug 13 Jackie Joyner-Kersee ties world record with 24'5½" jump
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 15 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • Aug 16 Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age
  • Aug 16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • Aug 16 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
  • Aug 16 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 17 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • Aug 17 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Aug 18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • Aug 18 Ohio nurse Donald Harvey sentence to triple life (poisoned 24)
  • Aug 18 Philip Rush of NZ, set record for triple crossing English Channel his time 28:21, 10 hours faster than 1st man to do it
  • Aug 18 Straatsburg: Manuela Stellmach/Astrid Strauss/Anke Mohring/ Heike Friedrich swims female world record 4x200m freestyle (7:55.47)
  • Aug 19 Hungerford Massacre: in England, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide.
  • Aug 21 "Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52)
  • Aug 21 Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
  • Aug 21 Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Aug 23 15-year old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
  • Aug 23 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 23 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
  • Aug 24 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
  • Aug 25 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
  • Aug 25 Madonna sings in Rotterdam
  • Aug 26 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 28 2nd World Championships in Athletics open at Rome, Italy

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • Aug 29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • Aug 30 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 30 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Aug 30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • Aug 30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • Aug 30 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 31 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)
  • Aug 31 Michael Jacskon's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV
  • Aug 31 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends