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Events in History in April 1987

  • 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 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
  • 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