On This Day

What Happened in 1987

Historical 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: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which 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 and the show runs until 3:47 AM
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • 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)

1987 in Music

  • Jan 3 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1
  • Oct 6 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Oct 12 George Harrison releases single "Got My Mind Set On You", becomes his third solo #1 hit, and the last chart-topper by any of the Beatles

1987 in Sport

  • Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory
  • Jun 20 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9
  • 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
  • Nov 29 Joe Montana of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes

Did You Know?

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

On March 30, 1987

Would You Believe?

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

On October 13, 1987

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 3 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997
  • Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa
  • Jan 9 Opera impresario Sir Rudolph Bing (85) weds Carroll Douglass (45); annulled in September, 1989

Famous Divorces

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