Events in Film & Television in 1987

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

Hall of Fame

Jan 21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

  • 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
  • Jan 26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title

Golden Globes

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

Sports History

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

  • Feb 15 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • Feb 17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 20 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years

Radio History

Feb 24 American radio and television personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

  • Mar 8 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years

Film and TV Awards

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

  • 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

WrestleMania

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

  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"
  • Apr 6 Los Angeles Dodger's GM Al Campanis appears on TV program ABC News: Nightline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • 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"
  • Apr 15 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances

Film & TV History

Apr 24 Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC

  • Apr 26 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

Film & TV History

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

Music History

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

  • 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 Christian evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 29 Jury finds "Twilight Zone: The Movie" director John Landis 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 3 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" film released in France
  • Jun 5 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS and 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

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 30 Emmy 14th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 8th time

Music History

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

  • Jul 14 Steve Miller's star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Music History

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

  • Jul 21 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
  • Jul 25 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt

Music History

Aug 1 Music video channel MTV Europe launches, with Elton John throwing the switch; "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits is the first video presented

  • 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" ("Goodbye, Children") directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion

Television Premiere

Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, directed by Martin Scorcese, premieres during TV special "Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns" on CBS

  • Sep 2 Philips introduces CD-video

Telethon

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

  • 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

Film Release

Sep 18 Film thriller "Fatal Attraction" directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close is released

  • Sep 19 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Emmy Awards

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

Television Debut

Sep 22 US TV series "Full House" starring Bob Saget and John Stamos debuts

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"

  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

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

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 24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • Nov 12 Ulla Weigerstorfer of Austria, 20, crowned 37th Miss World

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

Film Premiere

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