Historical Events in October 1987

  • 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
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
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 for economy 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