On This Day

Historical Events in 1987 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 800 of 808

  • Sep 26 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • Sep 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield Village GC: Europe beats US, 15-13; after 13-0 unbeaten record spanning 60 years, US loses for first time on home soil
  • Sep 27 NFL players' strike begins in the US

Sports History

Sep 27 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro's final MLB appearance, he surrenders for 5 runs in 3 innings against the San Francisco Giants

Television Debut

Sep 28 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starring Patrick Stewart debuts on syndicated TV

TV Show Appearance

Sep 28 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on TV game show "The $10,000 Pyramid"

#1 in the Charts

Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

Baseball Record

Sep 29 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year

  • Sep 30 Suriname constitution ratified

Music Concert

Sep 30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax

  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 1 6 killed by an earthquake measuring 6.1 in LA
  • Oct 1 Fiji's constitution is suspended
  • Oct 1 The Whittier Narrows earthquake shook the San Gabriel Valley, registering as a magnitude 5.9.
  • Oct 3 San Diego catcher Benito Santiago's MLB rookie record 34-game hitting streak ends as Padres snap 9-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory v LA Dodgers
  • Oct 3 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • Oct 3 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 4 First "Scab Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players as a result of players strike; chiefly related to the expiration of 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement; players returned October 15
  • Oct 4 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Film Premiere

Oct 4 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

  • Oct 6 Military coup leader Maj-Gen Sitiveni Rabuka declares Fiji a republic

Music Single

Oct 6 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)

  • Oct 9 Japanese bank buys "Lady McGill" stamp for $1,100,000
  • Oct 10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 8th studio album "Tunnel of Love"
  • Oct 10 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • Oct 10 Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game
  • Oct 10 Hartford center Doug Jarvis ends his career having played an NHL record 964 consecutive games as the Whalers lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers
  • Oct 11 200,000 march for gay and lesbian civil rights in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Music Single

Oct 12 George Harrison releases single "Got My Mind Set On You", becomes his third solo #1 hit, and the last chart-topper by any of the Beatles

  • Oct 12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • Oct 13 1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)
  • Oct 13 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 13 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup v Sri Lanka
  • Oct 14 In Midland, Tx 1½-year-old Jessica McClure falls 22' (7m) down a well
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 15 Allan Knee and Brian Gari's musical "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • Oct 15 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
  • Oct 15 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • Oct 15 Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike; union fails to achieve demands short-term with no collective bargaining agreement in place
  • Oct 15 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England
  • Oct 16 338,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Oct 16 Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)
  • Oct 16 Jessica McClure rescued 58 hrs after falling 22' into a well shaft

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 16 Defending champion Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs by TKO in round 7 at Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey; retains unified heavyweight boxing title

  • Oct 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Great Storm of 1987: 175-kph hurricane force winds hit London and much of the South of England killing 23 people and causing widespread blackouts
  • Oct 17 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 17 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

Historic Event

Oct 17 US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy

  • Oct 19 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances
  • Oct 19 Black Monday: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
  • Oct 19 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf

Sports History

Oct 19 Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM and Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time

  • Oct 20 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
  • Oct 20 Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)
  • Oct 20 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail
  • Oct 21 7th Belgium government of Martens forms

Nobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Robert Solow for his theory of economic growth

  • Oct 21 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination
  • Oct 22 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 262 performances
  • Oct 22 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Joseph Brodsky
  • Oct 22 American composer John Adams's first opera, "Nixon in China", premieres at the Houston Grand Opera, in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 23 Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit
  • Oct 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate
  • Oct 24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • Oct 25 Baseball World Series: Minnesota Twins beat St Louis Cardinals, 4-2 at HHH Metrodome for 4-3 series win and franchise first in Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Frank Viola
  • Oct 26 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • Oct 26 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
  • Oct 27 Lucas Mangopes Democratic Party wins Bophuthatswana elections

Music Premiere

Oct 27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

  • Oct 27 South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution
  • Oct 29 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 29 Thomas Hearns wins unprecedented 4th different weight boxing title

  • Oct 30 In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.
  • Oct 30 "Faith" debut album by George Michael is released
  • Oct 31 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)
  • Oct 31 A pair in Coventry, England, ties world record for longest singles tennis match at 80 hrs 21 minutes
  • Nov 1 New York City Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:11:01; English runner Priscilla Welch women's champion, 2:30:17
  • Nov 1 New York Jets retire Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard's jersey #13
  • Nov 1 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet finishes 15th in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Nov 1 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • Nov 2 Entertainer Lola Falona is diagnosed with multiple schlerosis
  • Nov 2 George Harrison releases album "Cloud 9" & Paul McCartney releases greatest hits album "All the Best"

Baseball Record

Nov 3 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

  • Nov 3 On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56

Historic Invention

Nov 3 Gordon Gould issued US patent US4704583 for the laser, ending his 30-year battle to be credited as the inventor of the laser

Sports History

Nov 3 New York Rangers' center Marcel Dionne becomes just the 2nd NHL player to register 1,700 career points, scoring a goal in 5-3 loss at Calgary

  • Nov 4 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 4 Lisa Steinberg, battered into coma by her adoptive father Joel
  • Nov 4 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989

Music Premiere

Nov 5 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

  • Nov 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 5 Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • Nov 5 South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed
  • Nov 5 US Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana, later withdraws from consideration
  • Nov 7 Tunisian premier Zine al-Abidine fires President Habib Bourguiba
  • Nov 7 3rd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 32-25 in South Bend

Sports History

Nov 8 Cricket World Cup, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India: David Boon scores 75 as Australia beats England by 7 runs for their first title;

  • Nov 8 11 are killed in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 10 Steve Bedrosian edges Rick Sutcliffe 57-55 to win NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 11 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances

Historic Event

Nov 11 Judge Anthony Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court

  • Nov 11 Moscow party secretary Boris Jerusalem resigns

Sports History

Nov 11 Boston Red Sox starter Roger Clemens wins back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards; Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Bedrosian takes NL Award

Historic Event

Nov 11 van Gogh's "Irises" sells for record $53.6 million at auction

  • Nov 11 Football striker Mark Hughes plays for Wales and Bayern Munich in 2 countries on same day; appears for Wales in 2-0 European Championship loss to Czechoslovakia in Prague, then jets to Munich for 3-2 Cup win over Borussia
  • Nov 12 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 12 Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine
  • Nov 12 Ulla Weigerstorfer of Austria, 20, crowned 37th Miss World
  • Nov 13 1st condom commercial on British TV

Music History

Nov 13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

  • Nov 14 "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances
  • Nov 14 Sam's Town National Bowling Pro-Am won by Debbie Bennett
  • Nov 15 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9, die in crash at Denver
  • Nov 15 Carla Beurskens runs Dutch female record marathon (2:26:34)
  • Nov 15 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America
  • Nov 15 NY Giant Raul Allegre kicks 2, 50 or more yard field goals in a game
  • Nov 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Nov 15 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell

Music Single

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases single "Once Upon a Long Ago"

  • Nov 17 George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP

Album Release

Nov 17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released

  • Nov 18 31 people die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station
  • Nov 18 Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair

Sports History

Nov 18 Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st player from a last-place club to win an MVP

  • Nov 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 21 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle
  • Nov 22 Patriots shutout Indianapolis 24-0
  • Nov 22 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) ends his NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Nov 22 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

Sports History

Nov 22 37th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Sports History

Nov 23 German tennis star Steffi Graf claims her first WTA Tour Championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 win over Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Nov 24 Li Peng succeeds premier Zhao Ziyang for the People's Republic of China
  • Nov 24 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Nov 25 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 9-56 against England in 1st Test at Lahore; best figures by a Pakistani, and by any bowler against England
  • Nov 25 India all out for 75 v West Indies at Delhi, Patterson 5-24
  • Nov 25 Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.
  • Nov 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • Nov 27 Young man survives 7 attempts at suicide in Somerset, England
  • Nov 27 52nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into Indian Ocean, 159 die
  • Nov 29 Revival of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical ."Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 177 performances
  • Nov 29 75th CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos 10th Championship; defeat Toronto Argonauts, 38-36 on Jerry Kauric's last second field-goal
  • Nov 29 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

NFL Record

Nov 29 Joe Montana of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes

  • Nov 29 New Orleans Saints win, assuring their 1st winning NFL season
  • Nov 29 Ranger's Bob Frosse becomes 2nd goalie to score a goal (vs NY Islanders). It is later ruled that he should not be credited with goal.
  • Nov 29 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
  • Nov 30 Afghanistan Constitution adopted
  • Dec 1 Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
  • Dec 2 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • Dec 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 2 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
  • Dec 4 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)

Sports History

Dec 4 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Dec 5 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
  • Dec 5 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane
  • Dec 5 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)
  • Dec 6 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"
  • Dec 6 Christa Rothenburger skates female world record 500m (39.39 sec)
  • Dec 7 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

Summit of Interest

Dec 7 Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting

  • Dec 7 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank

Sports History

Dec 8 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

  • Dec 8 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
  • Dec 8 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
  • Dec 8 Peruvian Navy Fokker F27-400M chartered by Alianza Lima FC crashes into Pacific Ocean 7 miles from Jorge Chávez International Airport near Callao; 43 killed, only pilot survives

Sports History

Dec 9 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

  • Dec 9 Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank
  • Dec 10 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time
  • Dec 11 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay

Film Premiere

Dec 11 Martin Ritt's dramatic film "Nuts", starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfus premieres

  • Dec 12 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • Dec 12 Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary
  • Dec 12 Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers
  • Dec 13 Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election
  • Dec 13 Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Dec 14 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter

  • Dec 14 Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new
  • Dec 15 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
  • Dec 16 Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
  • Dec 17 Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak resigns
  • Dec 18 Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
  • Dec 19 NHL Boston Bruins Ken Linseman & St. Louis Blues Doug Gilmore set a record for the fastest two goals in league history, scoring 2 seconds apart
  • Dec 20 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • Dec 20 Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector in Philippine waters, 4,386 die in world's deadliest peacetime maritime disaster
  • Dec 21 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
  • Dec 21 Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts - Vladimir Titov, Musa Manarov, and Anatoli Levchenko - to space station Mir. Titov and Manarov stay in space for just under 366 days, setting a new spaceflight record

Music History

Dec 22 Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx overdoses from heroin

Historic Event

Dec 23 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison

  • Dec 23 Buffalo goaltender Tom Barrasso leads the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings to record his 100th NHL victory; makes him the youngest player to reach milestone at just 22 years, 9 months