1987 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 446

  • Jan 1 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • Jan 1 China's rudimentary civil code in effect
  • Jan 1 International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins
  • Jan 2 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • Jan 3 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 4 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
  • Jan 5 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, NJ
  • Jan 6 100th US Congress convenes
  • Jan 6 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
  • Jan 7 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • Jan 9 Chinese/Vietnamese border fights, 1,500 killed
  • Jan 9 New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect

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

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Jan 13 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • Jan 13 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
  • Jan 15 A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges
  • Jan 19 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • Jan 20 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group

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Jan 20 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

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Jan 20 Bank robber Robert A. Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

  • Jan 23 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
  • Jan 23 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)
  • Jan 27 Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team
  • Jan 28 US Foreign minister George Shultz meets ANC-leader Oliver Tambo

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

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • Jan 29 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila
  • Jan 31 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
  • Feb 1 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze
  • Feb 2 Philippines adopts constitution
  • Feb 3 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • Feb 5 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • Feb 5 Soyuz TM-2 launches
  • Feb 6 No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
  • Feb 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
  • Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 7 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 9 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
  • Feb 9 NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
  • Feb 10 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
  • Feb 11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • Feb 11 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • Feb 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 12 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • Feb 13 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • Feb 15 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
  • Feb 15 Craig Stadler disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
  • Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (176.263 MPH)
  • Feb 16 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
  • Feb 17 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
  • 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 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • Feb 20 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • Feb 22 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
  • Feb 23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
  • Feb 23 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
  • Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H
  • Feb 26 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • Feb 26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 27 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • Feb 27 Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • Mar 8 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
  • Mar 8 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • Mar 8 FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in Calif
  • Mar 8 Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
  • Mar 9 Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
  • Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Mar 13 John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Mar 13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14 Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt
  • Mar 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
  • Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak
  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica & Matthew)
  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)
  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Mar 19 PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn
  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)
  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

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Mar 23 West Germany SPD chairman Willy Brandt resigns

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules women/minorities may get jobs if less qualified
  • Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 22 Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Feb 24 Daniel Reilly, British entrepreneur
  • Mar 4 Cameron Wood, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 12 Chris Seitz, American footballer
  • Mar 31 "Baby M" born to a surrogate mother, awarded to her dad William Stern
  • Mar 31 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
  • Apr 1 Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player
  • Apr 13 Brandon Hardesty, American internet entertainer
  • Apr 16 Neil Haskell, Finalist of SYTYCD Season 3
  • Apr 23 Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion
  • Apr 30 Nikki Webster, Australian entertainer
  • May 7 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza
  • May 25 Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper
  • Jul 11 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)
  • Sep 5 Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Oct 8 Aya Hirano, Japanese Seiyuu
  • Nov 3 Elizabeth A. Smart, American abductee and activist
  • Nov 11 Yuya Tegoshi, Japanese Idol (member of NEWS and Tegomass)
  • Nov 12 Bryan Little, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 15 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh
  • Dec 20 Tariel Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • Dec 26 Adam Walker, British flautist

Weddings in History

  • Jun 20 Johnny Carson marries 4th wife Alexis Mass
  • Aug 1 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Paralympian Rick Hansen (30) weds physiotherapist Amanda Reid

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future Prime Minister, marries Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 157

  • Jan 4 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Peggy Bacon, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • Jan 10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 13 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • Jan 15 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
  • Jan 16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Joyce Jameson, comedienne (Spike Jones Show), dies at 54
  • Jan 16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 22 R Budd Dwyer, Penns State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury, shot himself to death at a televised news conference
  • Feb 2 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922)
  • Feb 4 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • Feb 8 Hendrik Koekoek, founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
  • Feb 10 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 11 Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 14 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)

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Feb 22 Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Feb 22 Glenway Wescott, US writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Mar 11 [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Apr 4 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 8 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • Apr 11 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • Apr 11 Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Apr 19 Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • Apr 26 John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • Apr 28 Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59

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May 6 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 78
  • May 15 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 Alice B[radley] Sheldon, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 19 James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • May 27 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • Jun 1 Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 7 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Bruce Marshall, writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce, dies of internal injuries
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark Draper, American Scientist and Engineer (Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology), dies at 85
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Aug 2 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WW II), dies at 91
  • Aug 7 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon, dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, premier of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • Aug 11 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Rudolph Hess, Nazi (46 years in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93
  • Aug 21 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, US civil rights activist, dies at 77
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Sep 3 Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukraine architect/author (Soldiers), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 15 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)