On This Day

Historical Events in 1987

Events 1 - 200 of 802

  • Jan 1 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • Jan 1 China's rudimentary civil code in effect
  • Jan 1 International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins
  • Jan 1 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • Jan 2 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
  • Jan 2 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone
  • Jan 3 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jan 3 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 3 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 4 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
  • Jan 5 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 100th US Congress convenes
  • Jan 6 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

  • Jan 7 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • Jan 8 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Jan 9 Chinese Vietnamese border fights, 1,500 killed
  • Jan 9 New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect
  • Jan 11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0

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Jan 12 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Jan 13 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • Jan 13 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 15 Police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges

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Jan 15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Jan 17 US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 19 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • Jan 20 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group
  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

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Jan 20 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

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Jan 20 Bank robber Robert A. Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

  • Jan 20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums

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Jan 21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Jan 22 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
  • Jan 22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
  • Jan 23 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
  • Jan 23 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková of Czechoslovakia wins her 4th and final Grand Slam singles crown; beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 25 75th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title and 2nd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • Jan 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

  • Jan 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • Jan 27 Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team
  • Jan 28 US Foreign minister George P Shultz meets African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo
  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

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Jan 29 William J. Casey term as 13th director of the CIA ends

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • Jan 29 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 31 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • Jan 31 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
  • Feb 1 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Fine Things” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 2 Philippines adopts constitution
  • Feb 3 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • Feb 4 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 5 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • Feb 5 Soyuz TM-2 launches
  • Feb 6 No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
  • Feb 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Feb 7 Police in South Korea make hundreds of arrests during protest demonstrations, the country's biggest for 6 years, after a student died in custody
  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • Feb 9 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
  • Feb 9 NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
  • Feb 10 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
  • Feb 11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 11 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • Feb 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 12 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • Feb 13 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • Feb 14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 15 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)

  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
  • Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph
  • Feb 15 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Chi-Chi Rodríguez wins his second and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Dale Douglass
  • Feb 16 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
  • Feb 17 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 19 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • Feb 19 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
  • Feb 20 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by a computer store in Salt Lake City
  • Feb 20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • Feb 22 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
  • Feb 23 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
  • Feb 23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
  • Feb 23 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins

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Feb 24 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

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Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Feb 25 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 26 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • Feb 26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record

  • Feb 27 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • Feb 27 Donald Regan resigns as White House chief of staff
  • Feb 27 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith in 12 for WBA heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 17th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,184,425
  • Mar 8 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • Mar 8 FBI apprehends most wanted Claude L Dallas, Jr in California
  • Mar 8 Nelli Cooman becomes world champion 60m indoor
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • Mar 9 Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

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Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

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Mar 13 John Gotti, boss of the Gambino crime family, is acquitted of racketeering

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Mar 13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs
  • Mar 14 Providence, with Billy Donovan's 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87
  • Mar 14 Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194m

  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

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Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
  • Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak
  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Matthew
  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Mar 19 American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn
  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)
  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns as chairman of the Social Democratic Party

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 25 Supreme Court rules women and minorities may get jobs if less qualified

  • Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 26 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it fails to reach orbit
  • Mar 26 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the college 3 point shot (21 feet)
  • Mar 27 President Habre's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad
  • Mar 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania III: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (93,173): Hulk Hogan successfully defends WWF Heavyweight title against André the Giant

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • Mar 29 Yitzḥak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Likud Party
  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins
  • Mar 29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 30 59th Academy Awards: "Platoon", Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin

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Mar 30 Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73; Hoosiers' guard Keith Smart hits game-winner in final seconds, intercepts full court pass at the last second
  • Apr 2 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Apr 2 Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
  • Apr 2 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
  • Apr 3 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • Apr 3 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers