On This Day

1987 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 390

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

BeatificationBeatification

May 1 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 3 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • May 5 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • May 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 6 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • May 6 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes

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May 6 American televangelist Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God after revelations of an alleged rape of a church secretary

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Televangelist
Jim Bakker
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • May 8 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race due to affair with Donna Rice
  • May 8 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland

  • May 9 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw
  • May 11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • May 14 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • May 14 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • May 15 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • May 16 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • May 17 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
  • May 21 Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
  • May 21 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • May 22 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • May 26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • May 26 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
  • May 26 William H. Webster replaces Robert M. Gates as 14th director of CIA
  • May 28 60th US National Spelling Bee: Stephanie Petit wins spelling staphylococci
  • May 28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • May 28 Monitor, Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot
  • May 28 Paul Pearman jumps 21 barrels on a skateboard in Augusta
  • May 28 Southern League no-hit record-Bob Milacki pitches 11 1/3 no-hit inn
  • May 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs completed
  • Jun 3 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • Jun 7 Andy Van Slyke HRs off R McDowell in both ends of double header

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Jun 8 Oliver North's secretary Fawn Hall testifies at Iran-Contra hearing

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • Jun 8 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
  • Jun 10 Discovery's SRBs & External Tank are mated

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Jun 11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Jun 12 Central African Republic ex-emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa sentenced to death

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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Jun 12 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Jun 14 4th full-duration test firing of redesigned SRB motor
  • Jun 15 Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party wins election in Italy
  • Jun 16 Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, opens
  • Jun 16 New York City subway gunman Bernhard Getz acquitted on all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him
  • Jun 17 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct
  • Jun 19 ETA bomb attack in Barcelona, 15 killed
  • Jun 19 Supreme Court rules school teaching evolution need not teach creation
  • Jun 20 Chuti Tiu, 17, of Wisconsin, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 21 Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vandenberg AFB
  • Jun 22 The International Labour Organisation, meeting for its annual conference in Geneva, calls for international sanctions against South African minerals
  • Jun 22 A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people
  • Jun 25 Pope John Paul II receives Austrian President Kurt Waldheim
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announces his retirement
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed
  • Jun 29 Phil's Steve Bedrosian is 1st to record 12 saves in 12 attempts
  • Jun 30 The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
  • Jul 1 Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate
  • Jul 2 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • Jul 3 2 men became 1st hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic
  • Jul 4 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

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Jul 4 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • Jul 6 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • Jul 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Jul 7 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women
  • Jul 7 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
  • Jul 8 Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • Jul 9 1 million South Koreans demonstrate against Chun Doo Hwan regime
  • Jul 9 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • Jul 12 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
  • Jul 12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar
  • Jul 14 Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
  • Jul 14 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony
  • Jul 14 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
  • Jul 15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • Jul 15 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • Jul 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 16 Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • Sep 3 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 11 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • Sep 16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 18 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician (13th President of Portugal 1958-74), dies at 92
  • Sep 19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • Sep 20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • Sep 22 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • Sep 28 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason
  • Sep 29 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), dies at 70
  • Sep 30 Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • Oct 2 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), dies at 72

Person of interestJean Anouilh

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

Dramatist Jean Anouilh
Dramatist
Jean Anouilh
  • 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 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

Oct 13 Walter Houser Brattain, 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 artist (Ditters & Jitters), dies at 86
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, American professor of comparative mythology (Mythic Image), dies at 83
  • Nov 1 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, dies at 65
  • Nov 4 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • Nov 5 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
  • Nov 6 Ross R. Barnett, American lawyer and politician, (Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • Nov 6 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), dies at 80
  • Nov 11 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), dies at 86
  • Nov 11 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • Nov 12 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75

Person of interestPieter Menten

Nov 14 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, dies at 88

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten
  • Nov 21 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • Nov 25 Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • Nov 25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • Nov 27 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist prof (isolated growth hormones), dies at 74
  • Nov 29 Howard Pyle, (Gov-R-Az, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR, dies at 89

Person of interestJames Baldwin

Nov 30 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), dies at 63

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • Nov 30 Simon Carmiggelt, journalist/literary (Kronkel), dies at 74
  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist, dies at 73
  • Dec 11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 1987
  • Dec 15 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 16 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, Dutch cardinal of Utrecht Netherlands, dies at 87
  • Dec 21 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • Dec 24 Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (PVDA, 1973-77), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China, dies at 90
  • Dec 27 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • Dec 28 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • Dec 31 [Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60