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Gregorian calendar 1987

Ab urbe condita 2740
Armenian calendar 1436
Bahá'í calendar 143 – 144
Buddhist calendar 2531
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


(昭和 62年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2647
Julian calendar 2032
Korean calendar 4320
Thai solar calendar 2530
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1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year that started on a Thursday, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It is the 1987th year of the Common Era, or A.D.; the 987th year of the 2nd millennium; the 87th year of the 20th century; and the 8th year of the 1980s decade. It will also be the last year with all the digits being different numbers, until 2013.



  • January 1 – Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, changes its name to Iqaluit. In 1999, it becomes the capital of Nunavut.
  • January 2Chadian–Libyan conflictBattle of Fada: The Chadian army destroys a Libyan armoured brigade.
  • January 3Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • January 41987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts collides with Conrail engines at Chase, Maryland, 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 for the first time above 2,000, gaining 8.30 to close at 2,002.25.
  • January 13 – New York mafiosi Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno and Carmine Peruccia are sentenced to 100 years in prison for racketeering.
  • January 16León Febres Cordero, president of Ecuador, is kidnapped by followers of imprisoned general Frank Vargas, who successfully demand the latter's release.
  • January 20Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, is kidnapped in Beirut (released November 1991).
  • January 22Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself with a revolver during a televised press conference after being found guilty on charges of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.
  • January 29William J. Casey ends his term as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • January 31 – The last Ohrbach's department store closes in New York City after 64 years of operation.


  • February 11
    • British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
    • The new Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.
  • February 20 – A second Unabomber bomb explodes at a Salt Lake City computer store, injuring the owner.
  • February 23Supernova 1987A, the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604, is observed.
  • February 25St. Kitts and Nevis recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • February 26Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his National Security Council staff.
  • February 27Antigua and Barbuda recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).


  • March 2American 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 6Zeebrugge Disaster: A cross-channel ferry capsizes outside the harbor off Zeebrugge, Belgium; 180 drown.
  • March 9 – The Irish rock band U2 releases their studio album The Joshua Tree.
  • March 18Woodstock of physics: The marathon session of the American Physical Society’s meeting features 51 presentations concerning the science of high-temperature superconductors.
  • March 20AZT: Zidovudine (or, more commonly, Azidothymidine) is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
  • March 24 – Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and French Prime Minister and future President of France, Jacques Chirac, sign the agreement to construct the 4,800 acres (19.4 km2) Euro Disney Resort (now called Disneyland Paris) and to develop the Val d'Europe area of the new town Marne-la-Vallée in Paris, France.
  • March 29 – The World Wrestling Federation (then WWF, now WWE) produced Wrestlemania III from the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The event is particularly notable for the record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America. The record itself stood until February 14, 2010 when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game broke the indoor sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.


  • April 13 – Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau will be returned to China in 1999.
  • April 19The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • April 27 – The United States Department of Justice declares incumbent Austrian president Kurt Waldheim an "undesirable alien".
  • April 30 – Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the Provincial Premiers agree on principle to the Meech Lake Accord which would bring Quebec into the constitution.


  • May 9 – A Soviet-made Il-62 airliner, operated by LOT Polish Airlines, crashes near the Kabacki forest in Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
  • May 11Klaus 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 17U.S.S. Stark is hit by two Iraqi-owned Exocet AM39 air-to-surface missiles killing 47 sailors.
  • May 22
    • Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India.
    • First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park, Auckland
  • May 28 – Nineteen year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet air defenses and lands a private plane on Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained (released on August 3, 1988).


  • June 3Trade unionists in Vanuatu found the Vanuatu Labour Party.
  • June 8 – The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act is passed, the first of its kind in the world.
  • June 11 – The Conservative Party of the United Kingdom, led by Margaret Thatcher, is re-elected for a third term at the 1987 general election.
  • 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 17 – With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
  • June 19
    • Teddy Seymour is officially designated the first black man to sail around the world, when he completes his solo sailing circumnavigation in Frederiksted, St. Croix, of the United States Virgin Islands.
    • Edwards v. Aguillard: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that a Louisiana law requiring that creation science be taught in public schools whenever evolution is taught is unconstitutional.
  • June 27 – A commercial HS 748 (Philippine Airlines Flight 206) crashes near Baguio City, Philippines, killing 50.
  • June 28
    • Iraqi warplanes dropped mustard gas bombs on the Iranian town of Sardasht in two separate bombing rounds, on four residential areas. This was the first time a civilian town was targeted by chemical weapons.
    • An accidental explosion at Hohenfels Training Area in West Germany kills 3 U.S. troopers.
  • June 29 – South Korean president Roh Tae-Woo makes a speech promising a wide program of nationwide reforms, the result of June Democracy Movement.
  • June 30 – Canada introduces a one dollar coin, nicknamed the "Loonie".


  • July 1
    • The Single European Act is passed by the European Community.
    • U.S. President Ronald Reagan nominates former Solicitor General Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. The nomination is later rejected by the Senate, the first and only nominee rejection to date.
  • July 3
    • In the Soviet Union, Vladimir Nikolayev is sentenced to death for cannibalism.
    • Greater Manchester Police recover the body of 16-year-old Pauline Reade from Saddleworth Moor, after her killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley helped them in their search, almost exactly 24 years since Pauline was last seen alive.
  • 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.
    • World population is estimated to have reached five billion people, according to the United Nations.[1]
  • 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 31
    • Four hundred Iranian pilgrims are killed in clashes with Saudi Arabian security forces in Mecca.
    • Docklands Light Railway in London, the first driverless railway in Great Britain, is formally opened by Elizabeth II.
    • An F4-rated tornado devastates eastern Edmonton, Alberta. Hardest hit are an industrial park and a trailer park. 27 people are killed and hundreds injured, with hundreds more left homeless and jobless.


  • August 4
    • The World Commission on Environment and Development, also known as the Brundtland Commission, publishes its report, Our Common Future.
    • The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to "fairly" present controversial issues.
  • August 7 – The Colombian frigate Caldas enters Venezuelan waters near the Los Monjes Archipelago, sparking the Caldas frigate crisis between both nations.
  • August 9Hoddle Street Massacre: Julian Knight, 19, goes on a shooting rampage in Melbourne, killing seven people and injuring 19 before surrendering to police.
  • August 14
    • All the children held at Kia Lama, a rural property on Lake Eildon, Australia, run by the Santiniketan Park Association, are released after a police raid.
    • Aéropostale – The first Aeropostale clothing store opens in New York City, New York. It is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories.
  • 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 one (4-year old Cecelia Cichan) of the 156 people on board.
    • The followers of the Harmonic Convergence claim it was observed around the world.
  • August 17Rudolf Hess is found dead in his cell in Spandau Prison. Hess, 93, is believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself with an electrical flex. He was the last remaining prisoner at the complex, which is soon demolished.
  • August 19
    • ABC News' chief Middle East correspondent Charles Glass escapes his Hezbollah kidnappers in Beirut, Lebanon, after 62 days in captivity.
    • Order of the Garter is opened to women.
  • August 31Michael Jackson releases his hit album Bad.


DJIA Black Monday 1987

Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday

  • September 2 – In Moscow, the trial begins for 19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, who flew his Cessna airplane into Red Square in May.
  • September 3 – In a coup d'état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza is deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.
  • September 7September 21 – The world's first conference on artificial life is held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • September 13 – Scavengers open an old radiation source abandoned in a hospital in Goiânia, causing the worst radiation accident ever in an urban area.
  • September 17 – At a small rally in Harlem, televangelist Pat Robertson announces his candidacy for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
  • September 28Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres in syndication.


  • October 3 – The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement is reached but still requires ratification. This agreement would be a precursor to NAFTA.
  • October 11 – The first National Coming Out Day is held in celebration of the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
  • October 14October 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 15October 16Great Storm of 1987: Hurricane-force winds hit much of South England, killing 23 people.
  • October 19
    • Black Monday: Stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world.
    • U.S. warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf
    • Two commuter trains collide head-on on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia; 102 are killed.
  • October 22 – The pilot of a British Aerospace BAE Harrier GR5 registered ZD325 accidentally ejects his aircraft. The jet continues to fly until it runs out of fuel and crashes into the Irish Sea.[2]
  • October 23
    • Champion English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years after being convicted of tax evasion.
    • On a vote of 58–42, the United States Senate rejects President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.
  • October 26 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average goes down 156.83 points.


  • November 1InterCity 125 breaks world diesel powered train speed record reaching 238 km/h (147.88 mph).
  • November 7Zine El Abidine Ben Ali assumes the Presidency of Tunisia.
  • November 8Enniskillen bombing: Eleven people are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb at a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen.
  • November 15 – In Braşov, Romania, workers rebel against the communist regime led by Nicolae Ceaușescu.
  • November 16Parlatino Treaty of Institutionalization signed.
  • November 17 – A tsunami hits the Gulf of Alaska.
  • November 18
    • The King's Cross fire on the London Underground kills 31.
    • Iran-Contra affair: U.S. Senate and House panels release reports charging President Ronald Reagan with 'ultimate responsibility' for the affair.
  • November 22Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident – unknown perpetrators hijack the signal of WGN-TV for about 20 seconds, and WTTW for about 90 seconds, and displays a strange video of a man in a Max Headroom mask.
  • November 25Category 5 Typhoon Nina smashes the Philippines with 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) winds and a devastating storm surge, causing destruction and 1,036 deaths.
  • November 28South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian ocean off Mauritius due to a fire in the cargo hold; the 159 passengers and crew perish.
  • November 29Korean Air Flight 858 is blown up over the Andaman Sea, killing 115 crew and passengers. North Korean agents are responsible for the bombing.


  • December 1
    • NASA announces the names of 4 companies awarded contracts to help build Space Station Freedom: Boeing Aerospace, General Electric's Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas, and the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell.
    • 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 2Hustler Magazine v. Falwell is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • December 7Pacific Southwest Airlines 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: First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
    • Queen Street massacre: In Melbourne, Australia, 22-year-old Frank Vitkovic kills 8 and injures another 5 in a Post Office building before committing suicide by jumping from the eleventh floor.
    • The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C. by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
    • 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, along with the cabinet of the country's military dictatorship.
    • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0.
  • December 17Gustáv Husák resigns as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
  • December 18
    • Square Co., Ltd. releases Final Fantasy in Japan for the Famicom.
    • The Perl programming language is created by Larry Wall.
  • December 20 – In history's worst peacetime sea disaster, the passenger ferry MV Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
  • December 21Turgut Özal, of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (46th government).
  • December 30Pope John Paul II issues the encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern).

Date unknown[]

  • The Pendolino train makes its debut in Italy.
  • Tinker Hatfield designed the Nike Air Max.
  • Shoko Asahara founds the Aum Shinrikyo cult.
  • Thomas Knoll and John Knoll develop the first version of Photoshop.
  • Maglite introduces the 2AAA Mini Maglite battery, targeted for medical and industrial applications.
  • Barry Minkow's ZZZZ Best fraud unravels.
  • Varroa destructor, an invasive parasite, is found in the U.S.

In fiction[]

The following are references to year 1987 in fiction:

  • Music:
    • 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?), debut album by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, later known as The KLF.
  • Film:
    • 13 Going on 30 (2004): The scenes where Jenna is thirteen take place on May 26, 1987.
    • American Psycho (2000): According to director Mary Harron on the DVD commentary, the film is set around the end of 1987. Patrick Bateman is seen reading Zagat's Survey of this year as well.
    • Fargo (1996): The film takes place in Minnesota, 1987
    • Adventureland (2009): The film takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, summer 1987
    • Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (2009): The film takes place in Harlem, New York in 1987.
    • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004): There is a picture of a fat White Goodman with the caption "White Goodman – 1987" on it.
    • Rock of Ages (2012): The year in which this film takes place.
  • Television:
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979): NASA launches the last of America's deep-space probes, the Space Shuttle Ranger 3, which is piloted by Captain William "Buck" Rogers.
    • Set in 1987: the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day", 2005 takes place on November 7.
    • Space: 1999 episode "The Rules of Luton" we learn that a world war, likely World War III, began sometime in 1987. It was described as 'The war to end all wars'.
  • Computer/video games:
    • Resident Evil: Michael Warren is elected mayor of Raccoon City.
    • Shenmue (1999) – Story continues into 1987.
    • Shenmue II (2001): The game is set in 1987
    • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is set in this year (as claimed by the newspaper, after beating a boss).
    • Syphon Filter 3: Three levels take place in and around Kabul, Afghanistan during this year amidst the Soviet occupation, with Gabe Logan and Lian Xing pitted against Afghan rebels and Soviet troops.



  • January 1
    • Meryl Davis, American figure skater
    • Xiah, Korean singer (TVXQ)
  • January 2
    • Shelley Hennig, American actress
    • Lauren Storm, American actress
  • January 5Kristin Cavallari, American reality television star
  • January 6Zhang Lin, Chinese swimmer
  • January 7Lyndsy Fonseca, American actress
  • January 8Freddie Stroma, English actor
  • January 9Lucas Leiva, Brazilian football player
  • January 10César Cielo, Brazilian swimmer
  • January 12Naya Rivera, American actress
  • January 13Jack Johnson, American hockey player
  • January 15
    • Kelly Kelly, American professional wrestler
    • Michael Seater, Canadian actor
    • Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopian long-distance runner
  • January 16Jake Epstein, Canadian actor
  • January 24
    • Luis Suárez, Uruguayan football player
    • Ruth Bradley, Irish television and film actress
  • January 26Sebastian Giovinco, Italian football player
  • January 27
    • Hannah Teter, American snowboarder
    • Lily Donaldson, British model
    • Katy Rose, American singer-songwriter
  • January 30Arda Turan, Turkish footballer


  • February 1
    • Giuseppe Rossi, Italian-American football player
    • Heather Morris, American actress
  • February 2
    • Gerard Piqué, Barcelona and Spanish footballer
    • Victoria Song, Chinese pop singer (f(x)) and model
    • Athena Imperial, Miss Philippines Earth 2011 winner
  • February 5
    • Darren Criss, American singer and actor.
    • Richard Rawson, English rapper and song-writer.
  • February 7
    • Kerli Kõiv, Estonian singer.
    • Monika Brodka, Polish singer.
  • February 8Carolina Kostner, Italian figure skater.
  • February 10Choi Siwon, South Korean recording artist.
  • February 14Edison Cavani, Napoli and Uruguayan footballer.
  • February 16
    • Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (d. 2008)
    • Ryan Follese, American singer; lead singer of pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae
  • February 21
    • Ashley Greene, American actress
    • Ellen Page, Canadian actress
  • February 25
    • Natalie Dreyfuss, American actress
    • Andrew Poje, Canadian figure skater
    • Eva Avila, Canadian singer/songwriter
  • February 26Julia Bond, American pornographic actress


  • March 1Kesha, American singer
  • March 4Tamzin Merchant, English actress
  • March 5Anna Chakvetadze, Russian professional tennis player
  • March 6
    • Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghanaian-German footballer
    • Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
  • March 7Hatem Ben Arfa, Tunisian-French footballer
  • March 9Bow Wow, American rapper
  • March 12
    • Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani chess player
    • Jessica Hardy, American swimmer
  • March 13Marco Andretti, IRL driver
  • March 14Aravane Rezaï, Iranian-French tennis player
  • March 17Robert Kardashian Jr., American television personality, model, and talent manager
  • March 19Josie Loren, American actress.
  • March 20
    • Kangana Ranaut, Indian actress
    • João Alves de Assis Silva (Jô), Brazilian soccer player
  • March 23Alan Toovey, Australian Rules Football Premiership player
  • March 25Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • March 26YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter


  • April 1Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player
  • April 3Park Jung Min, Korean singer, member of SS501
  • April 4
    • Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress
    • Oceane Zhu, Chinese actress
  • April 8Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • April 9
    • Jesse McCartney, American singer and actor
    • Jazmine Sullivan, American recording artist
  • April 10
    • Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano
    • Shay Mitchell, Canadian actress and model
  • April 11
    • Joss Stone, English musician
    • Lights Poxleitner, Canadian musician
  • April 12
    • Brendon Urie, American musician
    • Brooklyn Decker, American fashion model and actress
  • April 15Iyaz, singer from the British Virgin Islands
  • April 16Aaron Lennon, English footballer
  • April 18Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, English supermodel
  • April 19
    • Joe Hart, English footballer
    • Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player
    • Oksana Akinshina, Russian actress
  • April 20John Patrick Amedori, American actor and musician
  • April 22Mikel John Obi, Nigerian footballer
  • April 27
    • William Moseley, English actor
    • Anne Suzuki Japanese actress
  • April 28Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Indian film actress and model
  • April 29Alicia Morton, American actress and singer


  • May 1Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • May 2Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
  • May 4
    • Cesc Fàbregas, Spanish football player
    • Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • May 6Moon Geun Young, Korean actress
  • May 7Asami Konno, Japanese singer
  • May 13
    • Hunter Parrish, American actor
    • Candice Accola, American actress and singer
  • May 15Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player
  • May 22Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player
  • May 29Alessandra Torresani, American actress


  • June 2Sonakshi Sinha, Indian Actress
  • June 3
    • Lalaine, American actress and singer
    • Masami Nagasawa, Japanese actress
  • June 4Mollie King, British singer
  • June 6Luo Zilin, Miss Universe China 2011 4th runner-up
  • June 9Rheagan Wallace, American actress
  • June 11Dappy, English Rapper
  • June 12Abbey Lee Kershaw, Australian model
  • June 16
    • Kelly Blatz, American actor and singer
    • Diana DeGarmo, American singer and Broadway actress
  • June 17Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer
  • June 20
    • Daiana Menezes, Brazilian actress, model, and television host
    • Paweł Rogaliński, Polish journalist
  • June 22Lee Min Ho, South Korean actor and model
  • June 24Lionel Messi, Argentine football player
  • June 26Samir Nasri, French footballer
  • June 27Ed Westwick, English actor


  • July 2Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)
  • July 3
    • Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver
    • Chad Broskey, American actor
  • July 6
    • Kate Nash, British singer/songwriter
    • Matt O'Leary, American actor.
  • July 7Julianna Guill, American actress
  • July 12
    • Adam Gregory, Canadian singer
    • Matthew "Mdot" Finley, American R&B recording artist, songwriter, dancer, musician, actor and record producer
  • July 16AnnaLynne McCord, American actress
  • July 17Jeremih, American recording artist and producer
  • July 24Mara Wilson, American actress
  • July 25Michael Welch, American actor
  • July 27Marek Hamsik, Slovakian football player
  • July 28
    • Sumire, Japanese fashion model (d. 2009)
    • Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma, Barcelona and Spanish Footballer
  • July 29Dyana Liu, American actress
  • July 31Michael Bradley, American soccer player


  • August 2Jessie Daniels, American actress, songwriter, and Christian musician
  • August 3Kim Hyung Jun, South Korean singer, DJ (SS501)
  • August 4Philip Younghusband, British-Filipino footballer
  • August 5Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress, model, and host
  • August 6
    • Charley Chase, American pornographic actress
    • Matt Di Angelo, English actor
    • Aditya Narayan, Bollywood actor and singer
    • Joran van der Sloot, Dutch murder suspect
  • August 7Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
  • August 8Katie Leung, Scottish actress
  • August 14James Buckley, English actor
  • August 18Mika Boorem, American actress
  • August 19Nico Hülkenberg, German racing driver
  • August 20Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast
  • August 21
    • Cody Kasch, American actor
    • Kim Ki-bum, South Korean singer, member of Super Junior
  • August 24Anže Kopitar, Slovene ice hockey player
  • August 25
    • Blake Lively, American actress
    • Liu Yifei, Chinese actress
    • Johanna Braddy, American film actress
    • Amy Macdonald, Scottish singer and songwriter
    • Justin Upton, American Major League Baseball right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks


  • September 2
    • Scott Moir, Canadian figure skater
    • Spencer Smith, American musician
  • September 3James Neal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • September 7
    • Evan Rachel Wood, American actress and singer
    • Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player
  • September 8Wiz Khalifa, American rapper
  • September 9Afrojack, Dutch DJ and music producer
  • September 11Susianna Kentikian, German-Armenian boxer
  • September 15Clare Maguire, British singer-songwriter
  • September 19Danielle Panabaker, American actress
  • September 22Tom Felton, English actor
  • September 23Skylar Astin, American actor
  • September 24
    • Matthew Connolly, English footballer
    • Brit Morgan, American film and television actress
  • September 28Hilary Duff, American actress and singer
  • September 29Kyle Riabko, Canadian pop singer, guitarist


  • October 2Phil Kessel, American professional ice hockey forward
  • October 3Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican beauty queen who held the titles Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006
  • October 4Marina Weisband, German politician
  • October 8Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • October 9Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006
  • October 12Besian Idrizaj, Austrian footballer
  • October 15Mizuho Sakaguchi, Japanese woman footballer
  • October 16Seungho, Korean pop singer, member of MBLAQ
  • October 18
    • Zac Efron, American actor
    • Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • October 20Levy Li, Miss Malaysia Universe 2008
  • October 24Charlie White, American figure skater
  • October 27
    • Thelma Aoyama, Japanese singer
    • Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (year of birth disputed)
  • October 28Na Yeon Choi, South Korean female professional golfer
  • October 29
    • Jessica Dubé, Canadian figure skater
    • Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer


  • November 3
    • Elizabeth Smart, American kidnap survivor
    • Gemma Ward, Australian model
  • November 4
    • T.O.P, Korean rapper
    • Michelle Madrigal, Filipina actress
  • November 5Kevin Jonas, American singer/songwriter
  • November 6
    • Ana Ivanovic, Serbian tennis player
    • G.O (singer), Korean singer (MBLAQ)
  • November 7Rachele Brooke Smith, American actress and dancer
  • November 8Samantha Droke, American actress
  • November 11Yuya Tegoshi, Japanese singer (NEWS, Tegomass)
  • November 17Kat DeLuna, American singer
  • November 18Jake Abel, American Actor
  • November 23Snooki, American television personality
  • November 24Elena Satine, American film actress and singer
  • November 25Dolla, American Rapper (d. 2009)
  • November 28Karen Gillan, Scottish actress
  • November 30Dougie Poynter, English musician (McFly)


  • December 2Teairra Marí, American singer
  • December 3
    • Michael Angarano, American actor
    • Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast
  • December 4Orlando Brown, American actor, singer, and comedian
  • December 7Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
  • December 8Susanne Riesch, German alpine skier
  • December 10Gonzalo Higuaín, Argentine footballer
  • December 12
    • Lao Lishi, Chinese diver
    • Kate Todd, Canadian actress
  • December 18
    • Miki Ando, Japanese figure skater
    • Ayaka, Japanese singer
  • December 19Karim Benzema, French footballer
  • December 20
    • Michihiro Yasuda, Japanese football player
    • Alana Grace, American singer and actress
  • December 21Valerie Concepcion, Filipina actress
  • December 28Thomas Dekker, American actor
  • December 30Jake Cuenca, Spanish-Filipino actor and model
  • December 31
    • Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player
    • Seydou Doumbia, Ivorian football player
    • Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast



Liberace Colour Allan Warren



  • February 2Alistair MacLean, British writer (heart attack) (b. 1922)
  • February 3Donald Aronow, Creator of the Cigarette Boat (Assassinated) (b. 1927)
  • February 4Liberace, American pianist (b. 1919)
  • February 5William Collier, American actor (b. 1902)
  • February 10Robert O'Brien, racing driver (b. 1908)
  • February 14Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (b. 1904)
  • February 20Lev Russov, Russian painter (b. 1926)
  • February 22
    • David Susskind, American producer and host (b. 1920)
    • Andy Warhol, American artist, director, writer (b. 1928)
    • Glenway Wescott, American novelist (b. 1901)
  • February 24Jim Connors, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • February 25
    • James Coco, American actor (b. 1930)
    • John Collin, English actor (b. 1931)
  • February 27Joan Greenwood, English actress (b. 1921)
  • February 28Stephen Tennant, British aristocrat and playboy (b. 1906)
  • (Date unknown) – Lou Darvas, American artist and cartoonist (b. 1913)


Maria von Trapp 2

Maria von Trapp

  • March 2Randolph Scott, American actor (b. 1898)
  • March 3Danny Kaye, American singer, actor, and comedian (b. 1911)
  • March 7Waldo Salt, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • March 11Joe Gladwin, English actor (b. 1906)
  • March 12Woody Hayes, football coach at Ohio State (b. 1913)
  • March 13Gerald Moore, English pianist (b. 1899)
  • March 19Louis-Victor de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • March 21
    • Dean Paul Martin, American actor (b. 1951)
    • Robert Preston, American actor (b. 1918)
  • March 22Joan Shawlee, American actress (b. 1926)
  • March 26
    • Walter Abel, American actor (b. 1898)
    • Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • March 28
    • Maria von Trapp, Austrian singer (b. 1905)
    • Patrick Troughton, British actor (b. 1920)



Erskine Caldwell

Kent Taylor in Washington Melodrama trailer

Kent Taylor

  • April 1Henri Cochet, French tennis champion (b. 1901)
  • April 2
    • Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer (b. 1917)
    • Trevor Hockey, Welsh footballer (b. 1943)
  • April 3Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • April 4C. L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • April 11
    • Erskine Caldwell, American writer (b. 1903)
    • Kent Taylor, American actor (b. 1907)
  • April 15Masatoshi Nakayama, Japanese Karate Master (b. 1913)
  • April 17
    • Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (b. 1950)
    • Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1924)
  • April 19
    • Milt Kahl, Animator for the Disney Studio (b. 1909)
    • Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (b. 1908)
  • April 26John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • April 28Ben Linder, American engineer (b. 1959)


Rita Hayworth in Blood and Sand trailer

Rita Hayworth

  • May 3Dalida, French singer (b. 1933)
  • May 4
    • Paul Butterfield, American musician (b. 1942)
    • Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930)
  • May 6William J. Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
  • May 7Colin Blakely, Irish actor (b. 1930)
  • May 14Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)
  • May 17Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
  • May 19James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • May 21Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (b. 1930)
  • May 24Hermione Gingold, English actress (b. 1897)
  • May 27John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)


Astaire in Second Chorus 2

Fred Astaire

  • June 2
    • Sammy Kaye, American bandleader and songwriter (b. 1910)
    • Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (b. 1893)
  • June 3Will Sampson, American actor (b. 1933)
  • June 6Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor (b. 1922)
  • June 9Madge Kennedy, American actress (b. 1891)
  • June 10Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (suicide) (b. 1943)
  • June 11Ralph Guldahl, American golf champion (b. 1911)
  • June 13
    • Vera Caspary, American screenwriter, novelist, playwright (b. 1899)
    • Geraldine Page, American actor (b. 1924)
  • June 19Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • June 22
    • Fred Astaire, American actor and dancer (b. 1899)
    • John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (b. 1907)
    • Joseph Meyer, American songwriter (b. 1894)
  • June 24Jackie Gleason, American actor and comedian (b. 1916)


Aldrich Attack movie trailer screenshot2

Lee Marvin

  • July 2Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (b. 1943)
  • July 3Viola Dana, American actress (b. 1897)
  • July 10John Hammond, American record producer (b. 1910)
  • July 17
    • Kristjan Palusalu, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
    • Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • July 20Richard Egan, American actor (b. 1921)
  • July 22Jack Lescoulie, American actor (b. 1917)
  • July 26
    • Kenneth Muse, American animator (b. 1910)
    • Hugh Wheeler, English playwright and librettist (b. 1912)
  • July 28Jack Renshaw, Australian politician, former Premier of New South Wales (b. 1909)
  • July 31Joseph E. Levine, American film producer (b. 1905)


  • August 1Pola Negri, Polish born actress (b.1897)
  • August 6Ira C. Eaker, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (b. 1896)
  • August 11Clara Peller, American actress (b. 1902)
  • August 16Nick Vanos, American basketball player (b. 1963)
  • August 17
    • Clarence Brown, American film director (b. 1890)
    • Rudolf Hess, Nazi Deputy Führer (b. 1894)
  • August 19Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie) (b. 1910)
  • August 26Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • August 28John Huston, American film director and actor (b. 1906)
  • August 29Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)


Mary Astor in The Great Lie trailer

Mary Astor



Walter Houser Brattain

  • October 2
    • Madeleine Carroll, British actress (b. 1906)
    • Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
  • October 3
    • Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (b. 1910)
    • Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (b. 1947)
  • October 7Cedric Phatudi, Chief Minister of Lebowa bantustan (b. 1912)
  • October 8Spencer Gordon Bennett, American film producer (b. 1893)
  • October 9
    • Clare Booth Luce, American playwright (b. 1903)
    • William P. Murphy, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1892)
  • October 12
    • Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
    • Fahri Korutürk, Turkish diplomat, 6th President of Turkey (b. 1903)
  • October 13
    • Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
    • Kishore Kumar, Indian playback singer (b. 1929)
  • October 19
    • Jacqueline du Pré, British cellist (b. 1945)
    • Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • October 20Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • October 22Lino Ventura, Italian actor (b. 1919)
  • October 24Kelvin Martin, New York Criminal (b. 1964)
  • October 28André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
  • October 29Woody Herman, American jazz musician (b. 1913)
  • October 30Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, author (b. 1904)



Joop den Uyl 1975

Joop den Uyl

Date unknown[]

  • John Pierotti, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Huang Yao, Chinese artist (b. 1917)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsJ. Georg Bednorz, Karl Alexander Müller
  • ChemistryDonald J Cram, Jean-Marie Lehn, Charles J. Pedersen
  • MedicineSusumu Tonegawa
  • LiteratureJoseph Brodsky
  • PeaceOscar Arias Sanchez
  • Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred NobelRobert Solow

Right Livelihood Award[]

  • Johan Galtung, Chipko movement, Hans-Peter Dürr / Global Challenges Network, Institute for Food and Development Policy / Frances Moore-Lappé and Mordechai Vanunu

Templeton Prize[]

  • Rev. Professor Stanley L. Jaki


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People of the year 1987 at Familypedia

28 people were born in 1987

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Margaret Marie Bailey (1987)Page Bailey (1955)Catherine Feralin (1959)
Michael Bradley (1987)Robert Bradley (1958)Lindsay Maiden (bef1987)
Bianca Brandolini d'Adda (1987)Rodrigo Tiberto Brandolini d'Adda (1948-)Georgine de Faucigny-Lucinge et Coligny (1949-)
Ioan Constantin Brumer (1987-)Alexander Brumer (1953-)Charlotte Lucchesi Palli (1960-)
Jane Erin Carrey (1987)James Eugene Carrey (1962)Melissa Jaine Womer (1960)
Zory David (1987-)
Merrit Kathleen DenisonLaser Galaxy FantasicoAngie Kay Holdaway
Zachary David Alexander (Zac) Efron (1987)David A. Efron (1960)Starla Baskett (1949)
Hubert Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (1987-)Karl Josef Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (1935-)Isabelle Ceschi a Santa Croce (1949-)
Henry M. Fitzalan-Howard (1987-)Edward W. Fitzalan-Howard (1956-)Georgina S. Gore (1962-)
Navarone Anthony Garibaldi (1987)Marco Antonio Garcia (1954)Priscilla Ann Wagner (1945)
Elnaz Rezaei Ghalechi (1981-)
Maria Stella Lucchesi Palli (1987-)Pio Lucchesi Palli (1955-)Claudia Henrici (1956-)
Stephanie Mariele Mackay (1987-2019)Timothy John (Tim) Mackay (1950-)Katharine Linda Holmes (Kate) Patterson (1953-)
Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell (1987)Mark Mitchell (1954)Precious Garcia (1960)
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3 children were born to the 14 women born in 1987

124 people died in 1987

 FatherMotherAge at death
Kenneth Jerry Adair (1936-1987)Kinnie Adair (1909-1986)Ola Marie Estis (1914-1952)
Elsie Mabel U Adams (1897-1987)Joseph James Adams (1848-1937)Lavinia Rachel Warner (1858-1929)90
Dora Allred (1905-1987)Edsil Myron Allred (1860-1937)Alice Choules (1870-1955)
Harry William Anderson (1901-1987)Charles William Anderson (1877-1917)Anna Lalia Cooper (1882-1961)
Maren Andreasen (1905-1987)Andreas Andreasen (1864-)Ella Johanne Terkelsen (1868-)
Leo Apatow (1910-1987)Morris Apatow (1888-1965)Mary Apatow (1890-1979)
Rachel Walker Atkin (1896-1987)Joseph Thompson Atkin (1863-1938)Eleanor Walker (1870-1896)
Veronica Mary Baker (1909-1987)William Palmerston Baker (1877-1940)Ada Theresa Bateman (1880-1917)
Joseph Barak (1907-1987)Dennis Barak (1876-1941)Anna Band (1883-1931)
John Lewis Mervyn Binnie-Dawson (1930-1987)Mervyn Ronald Binnie (1905-1931)Helene Amy Young (living)
Edmund Bromage Blunt (1903-1987)Alfred Daniel Blunt (1873-1918)Ellen Wood (c1876-)
Edmée Boerescu (c1900-c1987)Cezar Boerescu (c1870-1955)Nomen nescio
Fergus Michael Claude Bowes-Lyon, 17th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1928-1987)Michael Claude Hamilton Bowes-Lyon (1893-1953)Elizabeth Margaret Cator (1899-1959)
Sargent Bradlee (1898-1987)Frederick Josiah Bradlee I (1866-1951)Elizabeth Whitwell Thomas (1868-1952)
Harriet Gladys Bragg (1914-1987)Clarence Edward Bragg (1888-1960)Lillian Sarah Fassett (1891-1982)
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4006 people lived in 1987

Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
Henry Abel Smith (1900-1993)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
Robert Fuller Abell (1919-2010)Clifford Abell (1875-1965)Jennie Ferne Loshbough (1886-1957)
Adam Abernathy (1940-2006)James Abernathy (1912-1979)Arlene McGlinchey (1916-2000)
Melissa Abicht (1939-2009)Arthur Abicht (1900-1980)Amanda Krieger (1899-1959)
Carter Abiko (1957-2001)Eita Abiko (1920-2000)Aina Fukuzawa (1920-1995)
Elanor Abrahams (1939-2004)
Lisa Abramowicz (1933-2000)Leonard Abramowicz (1910-1980)Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)
Hannah Abs (1930-2006)
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Events of the year 1987 at Familypedia

34 people were married in 1987.

 Joined with
John Francis Harcourt Baring, 7th Baron Ashburton (1928-)Susan Mary Renwick (1930-)+Sarah Cornelia Spencer-Churchill (1935-)
Lisa Michelle Bonet (1967)Leonard Albert Kravitz (1964)+ Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (1979)
Brandolino Brandolini d'Adda (1957-)Marie Angliviel de la Baumelle (1953-2013)
Emilio Carrega Bertolini (1956-)Penelope Hart Hurst (c1960-)
James Eugene Carrey (1962)Melissa Jaine Womer (1960)
Mary Elizabeth Conklin (1959-)Thomas Joaquin Darby (1960-)
Gabriella Daniel de Vargyas (1955-1994)Róbert Tasnádi (1955)
Thomas Joaquin Darby (1960-)Mary Elizabeth Conklin (1959-)
Gae ExtonChristopher Reeve (1952-2004)
Stephan von Zallinger zu Stillendorf (1961-)Andrea Ida Sippl (1965-)
Edward W. Fitzalan-Howard (1956-)Georgina S. Gore (1962-)
Tricia Ann GennusaDanny Keith Valentine
Demi Gene Guynes (1962)Frederick George Moore (1950-2022)+ Walter Bruce Willis (1955)+ Christopher Ashton Kutcher (1978)
Randolph Apperson Hearst (1915-2000)Catherine Wood Campbell (c1915-)+Maria Pachi (c1933)+Veronica de Uribe (c1940)
Dan Ionel (1963-)Cătălina Tănăsescu (1963-)
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There were 0 military battles in 1987.

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