October 1987 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 6 killed by an earthquake measuring 6.1 in LA
  • Oct 1 Fiji's constitution is suspended
  • Oct 1 The Whittier Narrows earthquake shook the San Gabriel Valley, registering as a magnitude 5.9.
  • Oct 3 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • Oct 3 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Event of Interest

Oct 6 Military coup leader Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka declares Fiji a republic

  • Oct 6 US Senate Judiciary Committee votes 9-5 to send nomination of Robert Bork for a seat on the Supreme Court to full senate with an unfavorable recommendation
  • Oct 9 Japanese bank buys "Lady McGill" stamp for $1,100,000
  • Oct 10 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • Oct 10 Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game
  • Oct 11 200,000 march for gay and lesbian civil rights in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 13 1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)
  • Oct 13 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 14 In Midland, Tx 1½-year-old Jessica McClure falls 22' (7m) down a well
  • Oct 15 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
  • Oct 15 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • Oct 15 Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 15 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England
  • Oct 16 338,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Oct 16 Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)
  • Oct 16 Great Storm of 1987: 175-kph hurricane force winds hit London and much of the South of England killing 23 people and causing widespread blackouts
  • Oct 16 Jessica McClure rescued 58 hrs after falling 22' into a well shaft
  • Oct 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of Interest

Oct 17 US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy

  • Oct 19 Black Monday: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
  • Oct 19 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • Oct 20 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
  • Oct 20 Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)
  • Oct 20 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail
  • Oct 21 7th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • Oct 21 Full US Senate debate begins on Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court

Nobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Robert Solow for his theory of economic growth

  • Oct 22 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Joseph Brodsky
  • Oct 23 Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit
  • Oct 23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 23 US Senate rejects Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court by a bipartisan vote of 58-42
  • Oct 26 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • Oct 26 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
  • Oct 27 Lucas Mangopes Democratic Party wins Bophuthatswana elections
  • Oct 27 South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution
  • Oct 30 In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), dies at 72

Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)

Oct 3 French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), dies at 77

  • Oct 8 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 Alf Landon, American politician, Governor of Kansas (1933-37) and Republican Presidential nominee in 1936, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, American politician and Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-66), dies at 77

Walter Houser Brattain (1902-1987)

Oct 13 American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé revolutionary and politician, President of Burkina Faso (1983-87), assassinated in a coup at 37
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 20 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Armenian-American illustrator (The New Yorker; Saturday Evening Post; Dithers & Jitters), and painter, dies at 86
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, American professor of comparative mythology (Mythic Image), dies at 83