On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1987

Historical Events

Sports History

Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

  • Richard Wilbur appointed as American poet laureate
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Deaths

  • Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), murdered at 36
  • Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Cornelius Van Til, Dutch philosopher and Christian apologist, dies at 91
  • Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (The Producers - "L.S.D."; Maid to Order), suffers a fatal heart attack on stage in San Diego on stage at 57
  • Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
1987 Highlights

About April 17, 1987

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 7 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Good Friday (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries