1987 in History – What happened in year 1987

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1987 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1987.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1987 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
22 januaryAfter being convicted of receiving bribes, Pennsylvania Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer committed suicide during a televised press conference.
06 februaryMary Gaudron was appointed as the first female Justice of the High Court of Australia.
23 februaryLight from the supernova SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud reached the Earth.
04 marchU.S. President Ronald Reagan made a nationally televised address in which he accepted full responsibility for illegal actions in the Iran–Contra affair.
08 mayA British Army Special Air Service unit ambushed a ProvisionalIrish Republican Army unit in Loughgall, Northern Ireland, killing eightIRA members and a civilian.
22 mayHashimpura massacre took place on May 22, 1987 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India during Hindu-Muslim riots. In this massacre 42 Muslim youth from the Hashimpura mohalla were allegedly rounded up by 19 PAC personal who took them in truck near Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad where they were shot and their bodies were dumped in the water canals; however five of them survived even after being shot. In absence of sufficient evidences all 16 PAC personal were acquitted by Tis Hazari Court in 2015, while three of them were already dead.
28 mayWest German aviator Mathias Rust flew his Cessna 172 throughthe supposedly impregnable Soviet air defense system and landed in RedSquare, Moscow.
30 mayGoa became the 25th state of India. Goa is a state located in the south west region of India, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population.
31 mayDaman and Diu to remain as union territories after Goa becomes the 25th state of India. For over 450 years, the coastal exclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India by military conquest.
04 juneAmerican intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard pleaded guiltyto charges of spying for Israel.
11 juneDiane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant were elected as the first black Parliamentarians in Great Britain. Diana Abbott was the first black woman elected for House of Common. Bernie Grant was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament from Tottenham from 1987 to his death in 2000.
12 juneCold War-During a speech at Berlin's Branden burg Gate by the Berlin Wall, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall!'
17 juneWith the death of the last individual of the species, the dusky seaside sparrow became extinct. The dusky seaside sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens, was a non-migratory subspecies of the seaside sparrow, found in Florida in the natural salt marshes of Merritt Island and along the St. Johns River.
19 juneBasque separatist group ETA detonated a car bomb at theHipercor shopping centre in Barcelona, killing 21 people and injuring 45others.
30 juneThe Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Canadian one-dollarcoin, commonly known as the Loonie.
05 julyThe Black Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam madeits first suicide bombing against the Sri Lanka Army in Nelliady, SriLanka.
13 julyBette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, has been thrown out by Federal judge. He used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials.
14 julyOver 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain fell in a two-and-a-half-hourperiod in Montreal, causing severe flooding and over CA$220 million indamages.
29 julyIndian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan PresidentJ.R. Jayewardene signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in an ultimatelyunsuccessful attempt to resolve the ongoing Sri Lankan Civil War.
16 augustNorthwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed after takeoff in Detroit,Michigan, US, killing all of the crew and passengers except one.
13 septemberA radioactive item was scavenged from an abandoned hospital inGoiânia, Brazil, resulting in four deaths and serious contamination in249 others.
16 septemberThe Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed toprotect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number ofsubstances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion, opened forsignature.
02 octoberDenmark became the first country to legalise civil unionsbetween same-sex couples.
11 octoberSri Lankan Civil War-The Indian Peace Keeping Force beganOperation Pawan to take control of Jaffna from the Tamil Tigers toenforce their disarmament as a part of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.
15 octoberFiji becomes a republic marking the end of the islands' 113 year British Crown rule.
19 octoberIran–Iraq War-United States Navy forces destroyed twoIranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf in response to an Iranianmissile attack on a Kuwaiti oil tanker.
07 novemberZine El Abidine Ben Ali deposed and replaced Habib Bourguiba asPresident of Tunisia, declaring him medically unfit for the duties ofthe office.
07 novemberSingapore's first Mass Rapid Transit line was opened, startingwith train services between Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh stations.
09 novemberA Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb exploded during aRemembrance Sunday ceremony in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, killing atleast eleven people and injuring sixty-three others.
18 novemberIn London, an underground fire killed 31 people at King's CrossSt Pancras.


Famous birthdays in the year 1987:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 February Giuseppe Rossi / Footballer / Italy
01 SeptemberMats Zuccarello / Ice Hockey Player / Norway
01 DecemberBrett Williams / Footballer / United Kingdom
04 AprilMarcos Vellidis / Footballer / Greece
04 NovemberTim Breukers / Footballer / Netherlands
06 OctoberAkuila Uate / Rugby Player / Australia
07 January Stefan Babović / Footballer / Serbia
07 AprilMartín Cáceres / Footballer / Uruguay
08 SeptemberAlexandre Bilodeau / Skier / Canada
09 January Paolo Nutini / Singer / Scotland
11 AugustDrew Storen / Baseball Player / United States of America
12 March Chris Seitz / Footballer / United States of America
12 JuneAntonio Barragán / Footballer / Spain
13 January Steven Michaels / Rugby Player / Australia
14 March Robert Clark / Actor / United States of America
18 DecemberYuki Furukawa / Actor / Japan
25 JulyEran Zahavi / Footballer / Israel
27 March Samuel Francis / Sprinter / Nigeria
27 MayMatt Prior / Rugby Player / Australia
28 JulyYevhen Khacheridi / Footballer / Ukraine

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1987:

YearName / Profession / Country
31 March Humpy Koneru / Chess Player / India
12 MayAmrita Prakash / Actress / India
16 MaySonal Chauhan / Actress / India
01 NovemberIleana D"Cruz / Actress / India
05 AugustGenelia D"Souza / Actress / India
03 MarchShraddha Kapoor / Actress / India
07 FebruaryAnkita Sharma / Actress / India
23 MarchKangna Ranaut / Actress / India
12 AugustVanessa Watts / Cricketer / India
01 AugustTaapsee Pannu / Actress / India
30 AprilRohit Sharma / Cricketer / India
26 SeptemberAnjali Patil / Actress / India
05 AugustGenelia D'Souza / Actress / India
11 NovemberNachiket Dighe / Actor / India
21 JuneMukti Mohan / Actress / India
14 MayAdah Sharma / Actress / India
17 MayCharmy Kaur / Actress / India
02 JuneSonakshi Sinha / Actress / India
21 NovemberEesha Karavade / Chess Player / India
14 MayZarin Khan / Actress / India
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