August 1987 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada
  • Aug 1 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Aug 1 In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings
  • Aug 2 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3")
  • Aug 2 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season
  • Aug 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 3 Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26
  • Aug 3 Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2 lose
  • Aug 3 Twins Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound & is ejected
  • Aug 4 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
  • Aug 7 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • Aug 7 Javed Miandad scores 260 v England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
  • Aug 7 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39°F (4°C) Bering Sea
  • Aug 8 Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait
  • Aug 8 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • Aug 9 The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa's longest wage strike
  • Aug 10 Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully
  • Aug 11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • Aug 12 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
  • Aug 13 Cards outfield sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
  • Aug 13 Jackie Joyner-Kersee ties world record with 24'5½" jump
  • Aug 15 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • Aug 16 Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age
  • Aug 16 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
  • Aug 17 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • Aug 17 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
  • Aug 18 Ohio health care worker Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life for poisoning 24 patients
  • Aug 18 Philip Rush of NZ, set record for triple crossing English Channel his time 28:21, 10 hours faster than 1st man to do it
  • Aug 18 Straatsburg: Manuela Stellmach, Astrid Strauss, Anke Mohring and Heike Friedrich swims female world record 4x200m freestyle (7:55.47)
  • Aug 19 Hungerford Massacre: in England, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide
  • Aug 21 "Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52)
  • Aug 21 Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
  • Aug 21 Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91)
  • Aug 23 15-year old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
  • Aug 23 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
  • Aug 24 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
  • Aug 25 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
  • Aug 26 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games
  • Aug 30 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100m in world record 9.83 sec
  • Aug 31 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends

Weddings in History

  • Aug 1 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart

Deaths in History

  • 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, dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 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 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)