On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1987

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies 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 (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), dies on stage at 57
  • Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39