Historical Events in January 1987

  • 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

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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)

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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: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • 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
  • 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 awardsFilm and TV Awards

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