October 1987 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • Oct 3 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 4 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
  • 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 march for gay and lesbian civil rights in Washington D.C.
  • Oct 12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 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 14 In Midland, Tx 1½-year-old Jessica McClure falls 22' (7m) down a well
  • 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 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
  • 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.

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 Black Monday: Dow Jones stock index falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
  • Oct 19 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • 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 in Economics awarded to Robert M Solow
  • Oct 21 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate
  • 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 30 In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 8 Aya Hirano, Japanese Seiyuu

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Peter Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • Oct 9 Clare A Booth Luce, US diplomat/journalist, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 20 Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist, dies at 86
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83