1987

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Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar).

Events of 1987

January

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  • January 1 - Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, changes its name to Iqaluit. In 1999, it became the capital of Nunavut.
  • January 2 - Battle of Fada: The Chadian army destroys a Libyan armoured brigade.
  • January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • January 4 - Chase, Maryland rail wreck: An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts collides with Conrail engines, killing 16.
  • January 5 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan undergoes prostate surgery, causing speculation about his physical fitness to continue in office.
  • January 8 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 2,000 for the first time, gaining 8.30 to close at 2,002.25.
  • January 16 - Leon Cordero, president of Ecuador, is kidnapped by followers of imprisoned General Frank Vargas, who successfully demand his release.
  • January 20 - Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, is kidnapped in Beirut (released November 1991).
  • January 24 - In Lebanon, gunmen kidnap Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh.
  • January 25 - The New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI to win the NFL Championship for the first time since 1956.
  • January 29 - William J. Casey ends his term as CIA Director.
  • January 31 - The last Ohrbach's department store closes in City">New York City after 64 years of operation.

February

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  • February 9 - Brownsville, Texas was deluged with seven inches of rain in just two hours, and flooding in some parts of the city was worse than that caused by Hurricane Beulah in 1967.
  • February 11 - British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • February 11 - The new Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.
  • February 11 - The United States military detonates an atomic weapon at the Nevada Test Site.
  • February 23 - Supernova 1987A is observed (the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604).
  • February 26 - Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his National Security staff.

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  • March 2 - American Motors Corporation is acquired by the Chrysler Corporation
  • March 4 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses the American people on the Iran-Contra Affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had 'deteriorated' into an arms-for-hostages deal.
  • March 6 - Zeebrugge Disaster - A cross-channel ferry capsizes outside the harbour off Zeebrugge, Belgium - 180 drown.
  • March 18 - Woodstock of physics, the marathon session of the American Physical Society’s meeting featuring 51 presentations concerning the science of high-temperature superconductors.

April

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  • April 7 - Harold Washington is re-elected Mayor of Chicago.
  • April 13 - Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.
  • April 19 - The first appearance of The Simpsons on The Tracy Ullman Show.
  • April 20 - Professional cyclist and reigning Tour de France winner Greg LeMond is accidentally shot while turkey hunting.
  • April 27 - The United States Department of Justice declares incumbent Austrian president Kurt Waldheim an "undesirable alien".
  • April 30 - NASCAR driver Bill Elliott sets all time fastest lap at Talladega Superspeedway. 212.8 miles per hour (342.5 km/h)

May

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  • May 9 - A Soviet-made Il-62 airliner, operated by LOT Polish Airlines crashed near the Kabacki forest in Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
  • May 11 - The first heart- lung transplant takes place in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • May 11 - Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
  • May 14 - Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka executes a bloodless coup in Fiji.
  • May 28 - West German pilot Mathias Rust, 19, evades Soviet air defenses and lands a private plane on Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained (but is released August 3, 1988).

June

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  • June 2 - Andrés Segovia died in Madrid, Spain at the age of 94.
  • June 11 - United Kingdom general election, 1987: Margaret Thatcher is elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the third time.
  • June 12 - During a visit to Berlin, Germany, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  • June 16 - SDF-1 received its first caller at 300 bit/s
  • June 17 - With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
  • June 19 - Teddy Seymour became officially designated the first black man to sail around the world when he completed his solo sailing circumnavigation in Frederiksted, St. Croix, of the United States Virgin Islands.
  • June 19 - In the case of Edwards v. Aguillard, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that creation science be taught in public schools whenever evolution was taught was unconstitutional.
  • June 27 - A commercial HS 748 ( Philippine Airlines Flight 206) crashes near Baguio City, Philippines, killing 50.
  • June 28 - An accidental explosion at Hohenfels Training Area in West Germany kills 3 U.S. troopers.
  • June 29 - Roh Tae-Woo, president of South Korea make a speech promising a wide program of reforms of Korea. It was result of 6.10 Democratization Movement.

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  • July 1 - The Single European Act is passed by the European Union.
  • July 1 - The first ever Edgefest festival takes place at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario.
  • July 1 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan nominates former Solicitor General Robert Bork, a controversial conservative judge and legal scholar, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • July 4 - A court in Lyon sentences former Gestapo boss Klaus Barbie to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity.
  • July 11 - Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke's government is re-elected for a third term.
  • July 11 - World population reached 5 billion people in Zagreb, Croatia, according to the United Nations.
  • July 17 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 2,500 mark for the first time, at 2,510.04.
  • July 22 - Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali is shot in London; he dies August 28.
  • July 25 - The East Lancashire Railway, a heritage railway in the North West of England, is opened between Bury and Ramsbottom.
  • July 27- Australian singer Kylie Minogue releases her first hit, a remake of Little Eva's The Loco-Motion.
  • July 31 - Four hundred Iranian pilgrims are killed in clashes with Saudi Arabian security forces in Mecca.
  • July 31 - Docklands Light Railway, the first driverless railway in Great Britain, is formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II
  • July 31 - A F4-rated tornado devastates eastern Edmonton, Alberta. Hardest hit were an industrial park and a trailer park. 27 people are killed and hundreds injured. Hundreds more are left homeless and jobless.

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  • August 4 - The World Commission on Environment and Development, also known as the Brundtland Commission, publishes its report, Our Common Future.
  • August 4 - The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to "fairly" present controversial issues.
  • August 7 - Colombian frigate Caldas enters Venezuelan waters near the Los Monjes Archipelago, sparking the Caldas frigate crisis between both nations.
  • August 16 - Northwest Airlines Flight 255 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-82) crashes on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan just West of Detroit killing all but 1 (4-year old Cecelia Cichan) of the 156 people on-board (among them Nick Vanos, a centre for the Phoenix Suns).
  • August 16 - The Harmonic Convergence is observed around the world.
  • August 19 - In London, The Order of the Garter is opened to women.


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  • September 2 - In Moscow, the trial of 19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, who flew his Cessna airplane into Red Square in May 1987, begins.
  • September 7- September 21 - The world's first conference on artificial life is held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • September 17 - At a small rally in Harlem, televangelist Pat Robertson announces his candidacy for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.

October

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Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday
Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday
  • October 10 - The Reverend Jesse Jackson launches his second campaign for U.S. President.
  • October 14- October 16 - The United States is caught up in a drama that unfolds on television as a young child, Jessica McClure, falls down a well in Midland, Texas, and is later rescued.
  • October 15- October 16 - Great Storm of 1987: hurricane force winds hit much of the South of England, killing 23 people.
  • October 19 - Black Monday: stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world.
  • October 19 - U.S. warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • October 19 - Two commuter trains head collided and crash at outskirt of Jakarta, Indonesia, 102 killed.
  • October 23 - Champion English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for 3 years after being convicted of tax evasion.
  • October 23 - On a vote of 58-42, the United States Senate rejects President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • October 25 - The Minnesota Twins win the 1987 World Series, despite having the worst regular season win-loss ratio for a winner, a record they held until 2006.

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  • November 8 - Enniskillen bombing: Eleven people killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb at a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen.
  • November 17 - Gulf of Alaska Tsunami.
  • November 18 - The King's Cross fire on the London Underground kills 31.
  • November 18 - Iran-Contra affair: U.S. Senate and House panels release reports charging President Ronald Reagan with 'ultimate responsibility' for the affair.
  • November 25 - Category 5 Typhoon Nina smashes the Philippines with 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) winds and devastating storm surge, causing destruction and 1,036 deaths.
  • November 29 - Korean Air Flight 858 is blown up over the Andaman Sea, killing 115 crew and passengers (North Korean agents are suspected).

December

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  • December 1 - NASA announces the names of 4 companies who were awarded contracts to help build Space Station Freedom: Boeing Aerospace, General Electric's Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas, and the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell.
  • December 1 - Construction of the Channel Tunnel is initiated.
  • December 1 - Queensland: Following a week of turmoil from his National Party of Australia colleagues, Joh Bjelke-Petersen resigns as Premier of Queensland. He is replaced by Mike Ahern, the only premier never to contest an election as premier.
  • December 7 - PSA Flight 1771 crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-supervisor on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself.
  • December 8 - Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • December 8 - The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C. by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • December 8 - Alianza Lima air disaster: A Peruvian Navy Fokker F27 crashes near Ventanilla, Peru, killing 43.
  • December 9 - General Rahimuddin Khan retires from the Pakistan Army, as well as the cabinet of the country's military dictatorship.
  • December 17 - Czechoslovakian leader Gustáv Husák resigns as General Secretary of the Communist Party.
  • December 18 - Square Co., Ltd. releases Final Fantasy in Japan for the Famicom.
  • December 18 - The Perl programming language was created by Larry Wall.
  • December 21 - The ferry Doña Paz collides with the oil tanker Vector I - 1,500 confirmed deaths (reportedly closer to 4,000 due to unregistered passengers).
  • December 29 - Prozac makes its debut in the United States.
  • December 30- Pope John Paul II issues encyclical on Social Concern.

Environmental change

  • Varroa destructor, an invasive parasite, is found in the U.S.
1987 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1987
MCMLXXXVII
Ab urbe condita 2740
Armenian calendar 1436
ԹՎ ՌՆԼԶ
Bahá'í calendar 143 – 144
Berber calendar 2937
Buddhist calendar 2531
Burmese calendar 1349
Chinese calendar 4623/4683-12-2
( 丙寅年十二月初二日)
— to —
4624/4684-11-11
( 丁卯年十一月十一日)
Coptic calendar 1703 – 1704
Ethiopian calendar 1979 – 1980
Hebrew calendar 5747 – 5748
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2042 – 2043
 - Shaka Samvat 1909 – 1910
 - Kali Yuga 5088 – 5089
Holocene calendar 11987
Iranian calendar 1365 – 1366
Islamic calendar 1407 – 1408
Japanese calendar Shōwa 62
(昭和62年)
Korean calendar 4320
Thai solar calendar 2530
Unix time 536457600 – 567993599

Deaths

January-March

  • January 15 - Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
  • January 21 - Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • January 27 - Allan V. Cox, American geologist (b. 1926)
  • February 2 - Alistair MacLean, British writer (heart attack) (b. 1922)
  • February 3 - Donald Aronow, Creator of the Cigarette Boat (Assassinated) (b. 1927)
  • February 4 - Liberace, American pianist (b. 1919)
  • February 10 - Robert O'Brien, racing driver (b. 1908)
  • February 14 - Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky, Russian composer (b. 1904)
  • February 22 - Andy Warhol, American artist, director, writer (b. 1928)
  • February 24 - Jim Connors, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • March 2 - Randolph Scott, American actor (b. 1898)
  • March 3 - Danny Kaye, American singer, actor, and comedian (b. 1918)
  • March 11 - Woody Hayes, football coach at Ohio State (b. 1913)
  • March 13 - Gerald Moore, English pianist (b. 1899)
  • March 19 - Louis-Victor de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • March 21 - Dean Paul Martin, American actor (b. 1951)
  • March 21 - Robert Preston, American actor (b. 1918)
  • March 26 - Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • March 28 - Maria von Trapp, Austrian singer (b. 1905)
  • March 28 - Patrick Troughton, British actor (b. 1920)

April-June

  • April 2 - Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer (b. 1917)
  • April 2 - Trevor Hockey, Welsh footballer (b. 1943)
  • April 3 - Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • April 4 - C. L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • April 15 - Masatoshi Nakayama, Japanese Karate Master (b. 1913)
  • April 17 - Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (b. 1950)
  • April 17 - Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1924)
  • April 19 - Milt Kahl, Animator for the Disney Studio (b. 1909)
  • April 19 - Hugh Brannum,American actor and radio (b. 1910)
  • April 26 - John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • April 28 - Ben Linder, American engineer (murdered) (b. 1959)
  • May 3 - Dalida, French singer (b. 1933)
  • May 4 - Paul Butterfield, American musician (b. 1942); Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930
  • May 6 - William J. Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
  • May 14 - Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)
  • May 17 - Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
  • May 19 - James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • May 27 - John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
  • June 2 - Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (b. 1893)
  • June 6 - Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor (b. 1922)
  • June 10 - Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (suicide) (b. 1943)
  • June 13 - Geraldine Page, American actor (b. 1924)
  • June 22 - Fred Astaire, American actor and dancer (b. 1899)
  • June 22 - John Harold Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (b. 1907)
  • June 24 - Jackie Gleason, American actor and comedian (b. 1916)

July-September

  • July 10 - John Hammond, American record producer (b. 1910)
  • July 17 - Kristjan Palusalu, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • July 17 - Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • July 22 - Jack Lescoulie, American actor (b. 1917)
  • August 11 - Clara Peller, American actress (b. 1902)
  • August 16 - Nick Vanos, American basketball player (b. 1963)
  • August 17 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (b. 1894
  • August 26 - Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • August 28 - John Huston, American actor (b. 1906)
  • August 29 - Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)
  • September 4 - Bill Bowes, British cricketer (b. 1908)
  • September 11 - Lorne Greene, Canadian actor (b. 1915)
  • September 11 - Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1944)
  • September 16 - Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • September 17 - Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
  • September 21 - Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (b. 1951)
  • September 23 - Bob Fosse, American theatre choreographer and director (b. 1927)
  • September 25 - Mary Astor, Academy Award-winning American actress (b. 1906)
  • September 25 - Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist (b. 1912)
  • September 29 - Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company (b. 1917)

October-December

  • October 2 - Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
  • October 3 - Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (b. 1910)
  • October 3 - Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (b. 1947)
  • October 9 - William Parry Murphy, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1892)
  • October 13 - Walter Brattain, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • October 19 - Jacqueline du Pré, British cellist (b. 1945)
  • October 20 - Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • October 22 - Lino Ventura, Italian actor (b. 1919)
  • October 28 - André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
  • October 29 - Woody Herman, American jazz musician (b. 1913)
  • October 31 - Joseph Campbell, American author on mythology (b. 1904)
  • November 1 - René Lévesque, Canadian politician and premier of Quebec (b. 1922)
  • November 5 - Eamonn Andrews, Television and Radio Presenter
  • November 16 - Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • November 25 - Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
  • November 30 - James Baldwin, American writer (b. 1924)
  • December 1 - Punch Imlach, Canadian NHL coach (b. 1918)
  • December 2 - Luis Federico Leloir, French-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • December 2 - Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • December 10 - Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born violinist (b. 1901)


Nobel prizes

  • Physics - J. Georg Bednorz, Karl Alexander Müller
  • Chemistry - Donald J Cram, Jean-Marie Lehn, Charles J. Pedersen
  • Medicine - Susumu Tonegawa
  • Literature - Joseph Brodsky
  • Peace - Oscar Arias Sanchez
  • Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Robert Solow


Templeton Prize

  • Rev. Professor Stanley L. Jaki

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