On This Day

What Happened on November 3, 1987

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

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

Physicist Gordon Gould
Physicist
Gordon Gould

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestColin Kaepernick

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

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • 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? 32 years, 9 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Scorpio