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1987 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 390

  • 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 2 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • 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
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • Jan 9 Chinese Vietnamese border fights, 1,500 killed
  • Jan 9 New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect

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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 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 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 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

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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 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)
  • Jan 27 Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 28 US Foreign minister George P. Shultz meets African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo

Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary Oliver Tambo
Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary
Oliver Tambo
US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz

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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
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • Feb 2 Philippines adopts constitution
  • Feb 4 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
  • 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 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 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 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 15 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
  • Feb 16 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
  • 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 21 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • Feb 22 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
  • 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 25 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
  • Feb 26 NASA launches GEOS-H
  • Feb 26 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair

  • Feb 26 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 27 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • Feb 27 Donald Regan resigns as White House chief of staff
  • Mar 6 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • Mar 6 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • 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 9 Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
  • Mar 10 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • Mar 12 Ice Pairs World Championship at Cincinnati won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (Soviet Union)

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

Gangster John Gotti
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 17 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
  • Mar 18 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Matthew

  • Mar 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 19 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
  • Mar 19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago

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Mar 19 American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Jim Bakker
  • Mar 20 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • Mar 20 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • Mar 23 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • Mar 23 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

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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
  • Mar 25 The US Supreme Court rules that gender-based workplace affirmative action plans do not constitute discrimination on the basis of sex under the Civil Rights Act 1964
  • Mar 26 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, New York City in NYC; wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 4 Tony and 3 Drama desk Awards
  • 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 Yitzḥak Shamir re-elected chairman of right wing Likud Party

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

  • Apr 2 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
  • Apr 3 Duchess of Windsor's jewels auctioned for £31,380,197
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
  • Apr 7 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 12 Texaco files for bankruptcy

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Cassey Ho, American social media fitness entrepreneur, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 16 Jon Ossoff, American politician, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 24 Daniel Reilly, British entrepreneur
  • Mar 4 Cameron Wood, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 12 Chris Seitz, American footballer
  • Mar 23 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, born in Trelleborg, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Mar 31 Baby M [Melissa Elizabeth Stern], American infant born to a surrogate mother but later awarded to her dad William Stern
  • Apr 9 Sarah of Brunei, wife of Crown Prince of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Sultanate of Brunei
  • Apr 11 Michelle Phan, American Vietnamese make-up vlogger and entrepreneur, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 13 Brandon Hardesty, American internet entertainer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 23 Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion, born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Apr 30 Nikki Webster, Australian entertainer
  • May 7 Chiara Ferragni, Italian fashion blogger (The Blonde Salad), born in Cremona, Italy
  • May 7 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza
  • May 17 Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norwegian cyclist (Norwegian National Road Race Champions 2012), born in Rudsbygd, Norway
  • Jul 11 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)
  • Sep 5 Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, Monaco
  • Sep 26 Kim Yo-jong, North Korean politician, younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un, born in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Nov 3 Elizabeth A. Smart, American abductee and activist
  • Nov 11 Yuya Tegoshi, Japanese Idol (member of NEWS and Tegomass), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Nov 12 Bryan Little, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Nov 15 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh
  • Dec 17 Chelsea [born Bradley] Manning, US soldier who released WikiLeaks, born in Crescent, Oklahoma

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future Prime Minister, marries Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author (The Stone Angel), dies at 60
  • Jan 10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 13 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • Jan 15 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies at 79
  • Jan 16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 17 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 22 R. Budd Dwyer, American Pennsylvania State Treasurer who shot himself at a televised news conference while facing prison for conspiracy and perjury, shoots himself to death, at 47
  • Feb 1 Sala Burton, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-87), dies of cancer at 61
  • Feb 2 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), dies at 64
  • Feb 4 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • Feb 10 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 11 Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 14 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 22 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Mar 6 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, German zoologist (West Germany), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 19 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Apr 4 C. L. Moore, American science fiction and fantasy writer (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Francis C. Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • Apr 11 Erskine Caldwell, American novelist (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre), dies at 83
  • Apr 11 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Apr 17 Cornelius Van Til, Dutch philosopher and Christian apologist, dies at 91
  • Apr 19 Maxwell D Taylor, American commander 101st airborne (WWII), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • Apr 26 John Ernest Silkin, British politician, dies at 64
  • Apr 28 Ben Linder, American engineer, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua at 27
  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, dies at 59

Person of interestWilliam J. Casey

May 6 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 73

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman & nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 11 James Jesus Angleton, American intelligence officer & head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), dies at 69
  • May 15 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), dies at 78
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 27 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), dies at 95
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 29 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), dies at 84
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 31 Roy Winsor, American producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Errol W Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 7 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jun 26 Arthur F. Burns, American economist and chairman (Federal Reserve Board), dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennet, choreographer (A Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 26 Jim Bishop, American journalist and author (The Day Lincoln was Shot), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Aug 2 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • Aug 7 Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon (1952-58), dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • Aug 11 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • Aug 16 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), dies at 95
  • Aug 17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84

Person of interestRudolf Hess

Aug 17 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • Aug 21 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies

Person of interestBayard Rustin

Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Sep 3 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian architect and author (Soldiers), dies at 76