On This Day

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

Victory in Battle

Jan 2 Troops of Chadian President Hissène Habré conquer the Fada oasis

  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
  • Jan 2 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone
  • 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 Fame

Jan 3 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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)

AFC Championship

Jan 11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sports History

Jan 15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Jan 17 General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Hu Yaobang is forced to resign, amid demonstrations for greater democracy

  • 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"

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Music History

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

Hall of Fame

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

Hall of Fame

Jan 21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

  • 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)

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 24 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková of Czechoslovakia wins her 4th and final Grand Slam singles crown; beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6

  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 25 75th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title and 2nd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3

  • Jan 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 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 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 29 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila

Golden Globes

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

  • Jan 31 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 2013), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jan 2 Loui Batley, British actress
  • Jan 2 Syesha Mercado, American pop and soul singer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jan 5 Kristin Cavallari, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 7 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)

Cynthia Erivo

Jan 8 Cynthia Erivo, British Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Color Purple; Harriet) and singer-songwriter ("Stand Up"), born in London, England

  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian football player, born in Dourados, Brazil
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver, born in Roehampton, London
  • Jan 9 Paolo Nutini, Scottish rock singer & songwriter ("Sunny Side Up"), born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor, born in Monterrey, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Jan 9 Nicola Coughlan, Irish actress (Derry Girls, Brigerton), born in Galway, Ireland
  • 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 11 Jamie Vardy, English football player (Leicester City, England), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jan 12 Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee; Step Up: High Water), born in Santa Clarita, California (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer, born in Nuoro, Italy
  • Jan 12 Will Rothhaar, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player, born in Kempsey, Australia
  • Jan 15 Aria C Jalali, American rock musician, born in California
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer, born in Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Michael Seater, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 16 Lauren McAvoy, British fashion model, born in Wickford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Cassey Ho, American social media fitness entrepreneur, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Brian Harman, American golfer (US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Jan 20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • Jan 20 Evan Peters, American actor (Mare of Easttown), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 22 Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Jan 22 Shane Long, Irish soccer striker (fastest EPL goal 7.69s 2019), born in Gortnahoe, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 23 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden

Luis Suárez

Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Uruguayan 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, born in Sosnovo, Russia (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Lily Donaldson, British model
  • Jan 27 Katy Rose, American pop singer
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 Becky Lynch [Rebecca Knox], Irish professional wrestler (WWE), born in Limerick, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 30 Lance "Buddy" Franklin, Australian AFL forward (AFL Premiership 2008, 13 Hawthorne FC; Sydney FC; 8 x All Australian; 4 x Coleman Medal), born in Perth, Australia
  • 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

Vanessa Williams

Jan 3 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Mats Wilander

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

  • Jan 9 Opera impresario Sir Rudolph Bing (85) weds Carroll Douglass (45); annulled in September, 1989

Famous Divorces

Darryl Strawberry

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 2 Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist & team director (Frimatic - Viva, Miko, Sem - France Loire), dies at 64
  • Jan 4 Frederik 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, American 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 wicket-keeper (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 singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1938-42), and actress (In Society), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 10 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), dies at 86
  • 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 14 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • 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 dancer, actor, and singer (Wizard of Oz - "Scarecrow"; Partridge Family - "Grandpa Renfrew"), dies of bladder cancer at 83
  • Jan 16 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies 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 16 Robert De Kers [Keersmaeker], Belgian jazz trumpeter and bandleaders, dies at 80
  • Jan 17 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 17 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 75
  • Jan 18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), dies at 90
  • Jan 18 Renato Guttuso, Italian painter (Flight From Etna; Crucifixion), theater set designer, and politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer and educator, 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, American actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies at 65
  • Jan 31 Yves Allégret, French film director, dies at 79