Events in Film & Television in 1987

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 22 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 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 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 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • Feb 4 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA

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Feb 19 Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

  • Feb 19 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
  • Feb 20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 14 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 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: Howard the Duck wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 30 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
  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children & Tracey Ullman
  • Apr 12 CBS' premiere of fact-based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • May 6 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on "Cheers"

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

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May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone" director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during filming
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • Jun 12 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall
  • Jun 18 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
  • Jun 27 "The Living Daylights", 15th James Bond film, 1st film to star Timothy Dalton premieres in London

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Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
  • Jul 21 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • 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 29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion

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Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Sep 2 Philips introduces CD-video

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Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 16 New York City's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round clock broadcasting
  • Sep 19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 20 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 28 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starring Patrick Stewart debuts on syndicated TV

  • Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1
  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 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 24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • Nov 12 Ulla Weigerstorfer of Austria, 20, crowned 37th Miss World
  • Nov 21 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood
  • Nov 22 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 8 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Dec 20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand