On This Day

What Happened on November 5, 1987

Historical Events

  • "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances
  • France performs nuclear test
  • Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine's musical "Into the Stars," premieres

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim
  • US Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana, later withdraws from consideration

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Jonas, American guitarist (member of the Jonas Brothers), born in Teaneck, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
1987 Highlights

About November 5, 1987

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 11 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Scorpio