On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1987

Historical Events

  • 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • China's rudimentary civil code in effect
  • International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
1987 Highlights

About January 1, 1987

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn