On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1987

Historical Events

  • ArenaBowl I, Pittsburgh Civic Arena: Denver Dynamite beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 45-16, Gary Mullen MVP
  • Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada
  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 rounds in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas; first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF simultaneously

Music History

Music video channel MTV Europe launches, with Elton John throwing the switch; "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits is the first video presented

  • Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America

Famous Birthdays

  • Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer, born in Seraing, Belgium

Famous Weddings

Dave Stewart

Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey (30) marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart (34); divorce in 1996

Famous Deaths

  • Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor at 92
1987 Highlights

About August 1, 1987

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 35 years and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Shakedown (From "Beverly Hills Cop II") - Bob Seger
  • UK #1 Song: La Bamba - Los Lobos