What Happened in 1987

Significant Events

  • Jan 6 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
  • Jun 8 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
  • Jun 11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term
  • Oct 19 Black Monday: Dow Jones stock index falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
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1987 in Film & TV

  • 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
  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • Jun 5 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS & the show runs until 3:47 AM
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters

1987 in Music

1987 in Sport

  • Jun 7 86th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats World No. 1 Martina Navratilova (6-4, 4-6, 8-6), her first Grand Slam victory aged 17
  • Jun 20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49
  • Oct 31 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)
  • Nov 4 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989

Did You Know?

Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

On March 30, 1987


World Leaders in 1987

Famous People in 1987

Would You Believe?

1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)

On October 13, 1987

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 3 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC
  • Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • Mar 1 "The Last Picture Show" actress Cybill Shepherd (37) weds Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (38) in San Fernando Valley
  • May 6 Actor Yun Fat Chow (31) weds Jasmine Tan

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry
  • Jul 14 Actor Michael Biehn (30) divorces actress Carlene Olson (32) after 7 years of marriage
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