What Happened on November 3, 1987

Historical Events

Historic Invention

Gordon Gould issued US patent US4704583 for the laser, ending his 30-year battle to be credited as the inventor of the laser

Sports History

New York Rangers' center Marcel Dionne becomes just the 2nd NHL player to register 1,700 career points, scoring a goal in 5-3 loss at Calgary

Baseball Record

Oakland A's first baseman Mark McGwire wins American League Rookie of the Year with 49 home runs, 118 RBI; second to win AL award unanimously; first Carlton Fisk 1972

  • On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56

Famous Birthdays

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick (35 years old)

American NFL quarterback (protest kneel during national anthem; SF 49ers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Courtney Barnett, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Avant Gardner"; "Nameless, Faceless"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Elizabeth A. Smart, American abductee and activist
  • Gemma Ward, Australian model
1987 Highlights

About November 3, 1987

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 2 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Scorpio

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
  • UK #1 Song: You Win Again - Bee Gees