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1987 Historical Event(s)
- January 22, 1987 – Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself during a televised press conference, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.
- January 29, 1987 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
- February 6, 1987 – Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed.
- May 22, 1987 – Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India.
- June 19, 1987 – Basque separatist group ETA commits one of its most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45.
- July 1, 1987 – The American radio station WFAN in New York, New York is launched as the world’s first all-sports radio station.
- July 5, 1987 – First instance of the LTTE using suicide attacks on Sri Lankan Army. The Black Tigers are born, and in the following years continue to use the tactic to deadly effect.
- August 14, 1987 – 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.
- September 13, 1987 – Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and causing some to die from radiation poisoning.
- November 18, 1987 – Iran-Contra Affair: the U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contra Affair.
Who Were Born On 1987?
- January 21, 1987 – Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
- January 30, 1987 – Renato Santos, Brazilian footballer
- January 31, 1987 – Kenny McKinley, American football player (d. 2010)
- April 6, 1987 – Levi Porter, English footballer
- May 12, 1987 – Kieron Pollard, West Indies Cricketer
- June 19, 1987 – Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
- June 28, 1987 – Bailey Tzuke, English singer-songwriter
- June 29, 1987 – Luke McLean, Australian-born Italian rugby player
- November 30, 1987 – Dougie Poynter, British singer and bassist (McFly)
- December 5, 1987 – Tommy Fraser, English footballer