What Happened on November 5, 1987

Historical Events

  • France performs nuclear test
  • Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed

Music Premiere

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairytale musical "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 764 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards

  • US Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana, later withdraws from consideration
1987 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Jonas, American guitarist (The Jonas Brothers), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
Born in 1987

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

About November 5, 1987

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 4 months and 17 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