On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1987

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
1987 Highlights

About April 17, 1987

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 7 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries