What Happened in January 1987

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • Jan 1 China's rudimentary civil code in effect
  • Jan 1 International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins
  • Jan 1 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • Jan 2 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
  • Jan 3 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jan 3 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 3 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 4 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
  • Jan 5 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 100th US Congress convenes
  • Jan 6 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
  • Jan 7 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • Jan 8 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Jan 9 Chinese Vietnamese border fights, 1,500 killed
  • Jan 9 New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect
  • Jan 11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins 17-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Jan 13 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • Jan 13 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 15 Police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 19 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • Jan 20 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group
  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

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Jan 20 Bank robber Robert A. Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

  • Jan 20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Jan 22 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
  • Jan 22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
  • Jan 23 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
  • Jan 23 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 25 75th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • Jan 25 Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlíková beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6
  • Jan 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie
  • Jan 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • Jan 27 Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team
  • Jan 28 US Foreign minister George P Shultz meets African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo
  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 William J. Casey term as 13th director of the CIA ends

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • Jan 29 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 31 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • Jan 31 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Gilbert Brule, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 1 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer
  • Jan 1 Devin Setoguchi, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 2 Loui Batley, British actress
  • Jan 2 Syesha Mercado, American singer
  • Jan 5 Kristin Cavallari, American actress
  • Jan 7 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Jan 8 Cynthia Erivo, British actress and singer-songwriter, born in London, England
  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian and Liverpool Footballer
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver
  • Jan 9 Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer/songwriter
  • Jan 9 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (d. 2006)
  • Jan 11 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • Jan 11 Danuta Kozák, Hungarian sprint canoeist (5-time Olympic gold K-1, K-2, K-4 500m 2012, 16), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 12 Naya Rivera, American actress (Glee), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
  • Jan 12 Will Rothhaar, American actor
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player
  • Jan 15 Aria C Jalali, American musician
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer
  • Jan 15 Michael Seater, Canadian actor
  • Jan 16 Lauren McAvoy, British fashion model
  • Jan 16 Cassey Ho, American social media fitness entrepreneur, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer
  • Jan 20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 22 Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Jan 23 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer
  • Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Jan 25 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 26 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Lily Donaldson, British model
  • Jan 27 Katy Rose, American pop singer
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver
  • Jan 30 Rebecca Knox, Irish professional wrestler
  • Jan 31 Tyler Hubbard, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Monroe, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Marcus Mumford, British singer-songwriter (Mumford and Sons), born in Orange County, California

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 3 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
  • Jan 4 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 4 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author (The Stone Angel), dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • Jan 6 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Peter Adams [James H Adams II], American actor (Zorro, Kraft Mystery Theater, Alternative), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jan 8 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicketkeeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), dies at 60
  • Jan 9 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), dies from a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • Jan 10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • Jan 14 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), dies at 86
  • Jan 15 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
  • Jan 16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • Jan 16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 17 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 20 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • Jan 21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 22 R. Budd Dwyer, American Pennsylvania State Treasurer who shot himself at a televised news conference while facing prison for conspiracy and perjury, shoots himself to death, at 47
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 27 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 30 Angelo Rutherford, actor (Willie-Gentle Ben), dies at 32
  • Jan 30 Ken Drake, actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies
  • Jan 31 Yves Allégret, French film director (b. 1907)