What Happened in August 1987

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 1 Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Aug 1 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Aug 1 In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings.
  • Aug 2 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
  • Aug 2 Christa Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man
  • Aug 2 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3")
  • Aug 2 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season
  • Aug 2 Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • Aug 2 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • Aug 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 3 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 3 Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26
  • Aug 3 Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2 lose
  • Aug 3 Twins Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound & is ejected
  • Aug 4 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • Aug 6 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • Aug 7 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • Aug 7 Javed Miandad scores 260 v England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
  • Aug 7 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39°F (4°C) Bering Sea
  • Aug 8 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game
  • Aug 8 Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait
  • Aug 8 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 69th PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots 287 at PGA National Palm Beach

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 9 Mary Beth wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 9 The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa's longest wage strike
  • Aug 10 Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully
  • Aug 10 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • Aug 11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • Aug 12 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
  • Aug 13 Cards outfield sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
  • Aug 13 Jackie Joyner-Kersee ties world record with 24'5½" jump
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 15 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • Aug 16 Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age
  • Aug 16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • Aug 16 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
  • Aug 16 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 16 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Aug 17 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • Aug 17 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Aug 18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • Aug 18 Ohio health care worker Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life for poisoning 24 patients
  • Aug 18 Philip Rush of NZ, set record for triple crossing English Channel his time 28:21, 10 hours faster than 1st man to do it
  • Aug 18 Straatsburg: Manuela Stellmach, Astrid Strauss, Anke Mohring and Heike Friedrich swims female world record 4x200m freestyle (7:55.47)

  • Aug 19 Hungerford Massacre: in England, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide.
  • Aug 21 "Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52)
  • Aug 21 Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
  • Aug 21 Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Aug 23 15-year old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
  • Aug 23 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 23 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
  • Aug 24 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
  • Aug 25 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
  • Aug 25 Madonna sings in Rotterdam
  • Aug 26 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 28 2nd World Championships in Athletics open at Rome, Italy

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • Aug 29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • Aug 30 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 30 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100m in world record 9.83 sec

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Aug 30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • Aug 30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • Aug 30 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 31 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 31 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Sébastien Pocognoli, Seraing, Belgian footballer
  • Aug 5 Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress
  • Aug 5 Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss model
  • Aug 7 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
  • Aug 8 Katie Leung, Scottish actress
  • Aug 11 Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
  • Aug 14 Tim Tebow, American football player
  • Aug 16 Kyal Marsh, Australian actor
  • Aug 18 Mika Boorem, American actress (Hearts in Atlantis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Aug 19 Anaïs Lameche, Swedish singer (Play)
  • Aug 19 Ileana D'Cruz, Indian actress
  • Aug 19 Richard Stearman, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast
  • Aug 21 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer, one of the member of Korean boy band Super Junior, born in Seoul
  • Aug 23 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer
  • Aug 24 Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player, born in Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Aug 24 Jon Scheyer, American-Israeli basketball player, born in Northbrook, Illinois
  • Aug 25 Stacey Farber, Canadian actress
  • Aug 25 Blake Lively, American actress
  • Aug 25 James Wesolowski, Australian footballer
  • Aug 25 Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 25 Justin Upton, American baseball player
  • Aug 25 Luka Šulić, Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Aug 27 Darren McFadden, American football player
  • Aug 29 Tony Kane, Irish footballer
  • Aug 31 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 1 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 24 Actor Patrick Dempsey (21) weds manager Rocky Parker (47)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • Aug 4 Kenny Price, comedian (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • Aug 6 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • Aug 7 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon, dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 Calvin Culver, actor (Score), dies
  • Aug 10 Clara Peller, actress (Where's the Beef), dies at 86
  • Aug 10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Raquel Torres, actress (Duck Soup, Sea Bat), dies
  • Aug 11 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, US composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (b. 1929)
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 17 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • Aug 19 Hayden Rorke, Brooklyn, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Night Walker), dies
  • Aug 21 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 26 John Goddard, cricketer (West Indian captain 1948-53), dies
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Aug 28 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Lee Marvin, actor (Cat Ballou, Gorky Park), dies in Tucson Ariz at 63

Actor Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)