Events in Film & Television in 1987

  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 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 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

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie
  • Jan 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title

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
  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years

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 20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • Mar 20 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins

Film tv awardsFilm 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
  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"
  • Apr 7 Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on "Nightline"
  • Apr 12 CBS' premiere of fact-based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

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May 15 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

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May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 27 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone" director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during filming
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • Jun 5 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS & the show runs until 3:47 AM
  • Jun 18 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
  • Jun 27 "The Living Daylights", 15th James Bond film, 1st film to star Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 30 Emmy 14th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 8th time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

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Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • Jul 21 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • Aug 6 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn

  • Aug 21 "Dirty Dancing" film directed by Emile Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opens in the US
  • Aug 29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Sep 2 Philips introduces CD-video

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 9 Gary Hart admits on "Nightline" to cheating on his wife
  • Sep 16 New York City's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round clock broadcasting
  • Sep 19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 20 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Oct 24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • Nov 12 Ulla Weigerstorfer of Austria, 20, crowned 37th Miss World
  • Nov 21 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle
  • Nov 22 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.
  • Dec 10 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 11 "Wall Street" film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand