On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1987

Historical Events

  • Bunt single gives Milwaukee Brewers' Paul Molitor longest MLB hit streak of 1980's at 32 games
  • Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)

Hall of Fame

Muhammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame


Famous Deaths

  • Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84
  • Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American sessiondrummer (Monkees; Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62

Rudolf Hess

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

  • Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman; The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
1987 Highlights

About August 17, 1987

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 34 years and 5 months
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo