On This Day

What Happened in June 1987

Historical Events

Sports History

Jun 1 Cleveland Indians pitcher Phil Niekro beats Detroit Tigers, 9-6 for his 314th MLB victory; combines with Joe Niekro (216) for most combined wins by brothers in baseball history (530)

  • Jun 3 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • Jun 3 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" film released in France
  • Jun 3 Cubs & Astro tie Oriole & Ranger record of 3 grand slams in a game
  • Jun 4 American hurdler Edwin Moses' 122 race winning streak which extends to nearly 10 years ends when he is beaten by countryman Danny Harris in Madrid, Spain
  • Jun 5 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS and the show runs until 3:47 AM

Sports History

Jun 5 Dwight Gooden returns from drug rehabilitation & allows wins game

  • Jun 6 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 6 NY Yankees play their 13,000th game

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory

  • Jun 7 41st Tony Awards: Fences & Les Miserables win
  • Jun 7 Andy Van Slyke HRs off R McDowell in both ends of double header

Historic Event

Jun 8 Oliver North's secretary Fawn Hall testifies at Iran-Contra hearing

  • Jun 8 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
  • Jun 10 Discovery's SRBs & External Tank are mated

Historic Event

Jun 11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

  • Jun 13 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina
  • Jun 14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 14 4th full-duration test firing of redesigned SRB motor

Sports History

Jun 14 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Sawgrass CC: South African Gary Player wins by 1 stroke from Bruce Crampton and Chi-Chi Rodriguez

  • Jun 15 Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party wins election in Italy
  • Jun 15 Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 16 Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, opens
  • Jun 16 New York City subway gunman Bernhard Getz acquitted on all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him
  • Jun 17 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct
  • Jun 18 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
  • Jun 19 ETA bomb attack in Barcelona, 15 killed
  • Jun 19 Supreme Court rules school teaching evolution need not teach creation

Woman Jockey Rides Into Record Books

Jun 19 Gay Kelleway rides 12-1 shot Sprowston Boy to win the two-mile six-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes; becomes first female jockey to ride a winner at England’s Royal Ascot Racecourse

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 19 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison headline; other performers include: New Order, The Robert Cray Band, Los Lobos, Ben E. King, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Courtney Pine, Hüsker Dü, The Woodentops, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Michelle Shocked, and World Party

  • Jun 20 Chuti Tiu, 17, of Wisconsin, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 20 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9

US Golf Open

Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club: Scott Simpson passes and holds off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by 1 stroke

  • Jun 21 Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida)

Sports History

Jun 21 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendant

Sports History

Jun 22 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

  • Jun 22 The International Labour Organisation, meeting for its annual conference in Geneva, calls for international sanctions against South African minerals
  • Jun 22 A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people
  • Jun 24 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
  • Jun 24 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consecutive win streak
  • Jun 26 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announces his retirement

Music History

Jun 26 Columbia Records releases "King's Record Shop", the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, and the final of her albums produced by husband Rodney Crowell

  • Jun 27 "The Living Daylights", 15th James Bond film, 1st film to star Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed
  • Jun 28 "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
  • Jun 28 Boston outfielder Don Baylor sets MLB career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 when plunked by Rick Rhoden in Red Sox, 6-2 win over NY Yankees
  • Jun 29 Phil's Steve Bedrosian is 1st to record 12 saves in 12 attempts

Sports History

Jun 29 Yanks blow 11-4 lead but trailing 14-11 Dave Winfield's 8th inning grand slammer beats Toronto 15-14; Mattingly also grand slams

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 30 Emmy 14th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 8th time

  • Jun 30 Patrik Sjöberg of Sweden sets a new men's high jump world record 2.42m (7 ft 11 1⁄4 in) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 30 The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Mike Protich, American rock musician (Red Sun Rising), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 1 Yarisley Silva, Cuban pole vaulter (World C'ship gold 2015; Olympic silver 2012), born in San Luis, Cuba
  • Jun 2 Darin [Zanyar], Swedish pop singer (Lovekiller, Tvillingen), born in Stockholm
  • Jun 3 Lalaine [Vergara-Paras], American stage and screen actress and singer (Les Misérables; Lizzie McGuire), born in Burbank, California
  • Jun 3 Masami Nagasawa, Japanese actress
  • Jun 5 Lara Worthington [Bingle], Australian model, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 5 Charlie Clements, English actor (Eastenders), born in Sidcup, England
  • Jun 6 Kyle Falconer, Scottish musician
  • Jun 6 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer, born in Karachi, Pakistan

Daniel Logan

Jun 6 Daniel Logan, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • Jun 10 Martin Harnik, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 10 Amobi Okoye, Nigeria-born American football player
  • Jun 10 Kelly Vitz, American actress
  • Jun 10 Anna Nordqvist, Swedish golfer (Women's PGA 2009, Evian C'ship 2017, British Open 2021), born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • Jun 11 TiA, Japanese pop singer (Ryuusei), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jun 14 Andrew Cogliano, Professional Hockey Player

Diana DeGarmo

Jun 16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Jun 16 Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 16 Ali Stroker, American actress and singer, first actress to appear in a wheelchair on Broadway and win a Tony award, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Jun 19 Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
  • Jun 21 Dale Thomas, Australian AFL footballer, born in Victoria
  • Jun 21 Kim Ryeowook, Korean pop singer (Super Junior), born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Jun 21 Sebastian Prödl, Austrian footballer, born in Graz, Austria
  • Jun 21 Khatia Buniatishvili, French-Georgian concert pianist, born in Batumi, Georgia
  • Jun 22 Joe Dempsie, English actor (Game of Thrones), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 24 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer

Lionel Messi

Jun 24 Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer striker (6 x FIFA Ballon d’Or; 6 x European Golden Shoes; 10 x La Liga titles; 4 x UEFA Champions League; 6 x Copas del Rey; FC Barcelona, PSG), born in Rosario, Argentina

  • Jun 25 Sasha Velour [Alexander Steinberg], American drag artist (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jun 26 Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jun 26 Samir Nasri, French footballer (Antalyaspor), born in Septèmes-les-Vallons, France
  • Jun 27 Ed Westwick, English actor (Gossip Girl), born in London, England
  • Jun 29 Yasuka Saitō, Japanese actor (GoGo Sentai Boukenger), born in Kanagawa, Japan

Famous Weddings

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jun 25 Actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus (26) weds actor Brad Hall (29)


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Errol W Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist and composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jun 3 Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54
  • Jun 6 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • Jun 7 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 8 Yogi Horton, American R&B and funk drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • Jun 9 Grandon Rhodes, actor (Gentleman From Nowhere), dies
  • Jun 9 Madge Kennedy, actress (Marrying Kind, 3 Bad Sisters), dies
  • Jun 10 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (A Patch of Blue, Beguilled), commits suicide at 45 by jumping from the window of her fifth floor apartment

Geraldine Page

Jun 13 Geraldine Page, American actress (Blue & Gray, Trip to Bountiful), dies at 62

  • Jun 14 Les Favell, cricketer (757 runs for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • Jun 15 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 16 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • Jun 18 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jun 21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)

Fred Astaire

Jun 22 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

  • Jun 24 Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson, cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies
  • Jun 24 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler; Gigot), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), , dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 24 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Rocky Top"; "Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Glen Hall, South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 26 Arthur F. Burns, American economist and chairman (Federal Reserve Board), dies at 82
  • Jun 26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 30 King Donovan, actor and director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies