On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1987

Historical Events

  • Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)

Television Premiere

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

  • South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends
  • The Great Potato Incident: Minor league Williamsport Bills catcher Dave Bresnahan attempts to lure an opposing baserunner off third base using a potato carved to look like a baseball. Umpire calls runner safe, and the catcher is fined $50 and released by the team [1] [2]

Famous Birthdays

  • Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
1987 Highlights

About August 31, 1987

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 3 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Late Summer Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Virgo