On This Day

April 1987 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Apr 13 Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)
  • Apr 14 Turkey asks to join European market
  • Apr 15 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" premieres in NYC

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Apr 16 August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama

Playwright August Wilson
Playwright
August Wilson
  • Apr 16 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern & Infinity Broadcasting are warned by FCC
  • Apr 16 Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • Apr 16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency
  • Apr 17 Richard Wilbur appointed as American poet laureate
  • Apr 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 18 Bob Land wins his 6th straight Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race
  • Apr 18 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • Apr 19 Jacqueline Blanc, sets women's downhill ski speed rec (124.902 mph)
  • Apr 19 Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve
  • Apr 19 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 20 Sri Lankan Civil War: Tamils shoot 122 Sinhalese dead
  • Apr 20 US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
  • Apr 21 Dow Jones Average soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history
  • Apr 21 Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
  • Apr 22 Sri Lanka Air Force bomb Tamil, 100s killed
  • Apr 23 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

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Apr 27 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II

4th Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim
4th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kurt Waldheim
  • Apr 28 American engineer Ben Linder is killed in an ambush by U.S.-funded Contras in northern Nicaragua.
  • Apr 29 Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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 army general, (WWII Commander 101st airborne), Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1962-64), 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