1987 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 428

  • 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

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Mar 29 Wrestlemania III: 93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 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 Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
  • 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 6 Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler
  • 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
  • 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 Pulitzer prize awarded to August Wilson for "Fences"
  • 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 US 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 Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen 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
  • Apr 27 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II
  • 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 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • May 6 American televangelist Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
  • 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 1 Phil Niekro 314th combines with Joe to have most wins by bros (530)
  • Jun 2 Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr #1
  • Jun 3 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • Jun 3 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" released in France
  • Jun 4 Danny Harris beats Edwin Moses, ends streak of 122 cons hurdle wins
  • Jun 5 Dwight Gooden returns from drug rehabilitation & allows wins game
  • Jun 7 Andy Van Slyke HRs off R McDowell in both ends of double header
  • Jun 8 Oliver North's secretary Fawn Hall testifies at Iran-Contra hearing
  • 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

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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 29 Yanks blow 11-4 lead but trailing 14-11 Dave Winfield's 8th inning grand slammer beats Toronto 15-14; Mattingly also grand slams
  • Jun 30 Emmy 14th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 8th time
  • Jun 30 The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.

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Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 159 of 159

  • Sep 16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • 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 Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • 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, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • 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, Russian artist, 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, mythologist (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 director (Judex, L'homme sans visage), dies at 75
  • Nov 6 Ross R Barnett, lawyer/(Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • Nov 6 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Seasons 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
  • Nov 14 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, dies at 88
  • Nov 19 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician, 14th President of Portugal (b. 1894)
  • 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 F Pieck, 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 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, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountain), dies at 63

  • 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 Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 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 John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • 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