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1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1987th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 987th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 87th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1980s decade.
January 2 - Chadian-Libyan conflict - 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 - 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to Boston 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 14 - Seoul National University student Park Jong-cheol dies during torture at the Security Investigation Office in Namyeong-dong.
January 15 - Hu Yaobang, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, is forced into retirement by political conservatives.
January 16 - León Febres Cordero, president of Ecuador, is kidnapped by followers of imprisoned general Frank Vargas, who successfully demand the latter's release.
January 20 - Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, is kidnapped in Beirut (released November 1991).
January 22 - Pennsylvania 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 28 - The U.S. State Department invalidates US passports for travel to or through Lebanon due to security concerns. The ban was lifted in 1997. 
January 29 - William 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.
March 6 - Zeebrugge disaster: Roll-on/roll-off cross-channel ferry MS capsizes off Herald of Free Enterprise Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium; 193 people die.
March 7 - 1987 Lieyu massacre: Republic of China Army execute 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees on Donggang beach, Lieyu, Kinmen off Mainland China.
March 9 - U2's album was released. The Joshua Tree
March 18 - Woodstock of physics: The marathon session of the American Physical Society's meeting features 51 presentations concerning the science of high-temperature superconductors.
March 20 - AZT 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 km 2) 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.
The World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) produces
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 until February 14, 2010, when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game has an attendance of 108,713 at AT&T Stadium. A hybrid solar eclipse was the second hybrid solar eclipse in less than one year, the first being on 1986 October 3. It was annular visible in southern Argentina, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan (part of the path of annularity crossed today's South Sudan), Ethiopia, Djibouti and northern Somalia and total visible in Atlantic Ocean, lasting just 7.57 seconds.
March 30 - The 59th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles, with winning Best Picture. Platoon March 31 - Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, conducts a 45-minute interview on Soviet television.
June 3 - The Vanuatu Labour Party is founded.
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 27 - A commercial HS 748 ( Philippine Airlines Flight 206) crashes near Baguio, Philippines, killing 50.
Iraqi warplanes drop mustard-gas bombs on the Iranian town of
Sardasht in two separate bombing rounds, on four residential areas. This is the first time a civilian town was targeted by chemical weapons. An accidental explosion at the Hohenfels Training Area in West Germany kills 3 U.S. troops.
June 29 - South Korean president Roh Tae-woo makes a speech promising a wide program of nationwide reforms, the result of the June Democracy Movement. June 30 - Canada introduces a one-dollar coin, nicknamed the " Loonie".
August 9 - Hoddle Street massacre in Australia: Julian Knight, 19, goes on a shooting rampage in the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, Victoria, killing 7 people and injuring 19 before surrendering to police.
August 14 - All the children held at Kai Lama, a rural property on Lake Eildon, Australia, run by the Santiniketan Park Association, are released after a police raid.
August 17 - Rudolf 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 23 - The Hirvepark meeting is organized as the first unsanctioned political meeting in Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, in commemoration of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. August 31 - Michael Jackson releases his seventh studio album, , in the United States. Bad
Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday
December December -
Fluoxetine, marketed as Prozac, is approved for use as an antidepressant in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration.
December 2 - is Hustler Magazine v. Falwell argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 7 - Pacific 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.
December 15 - Production I.G is founded by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Takayuki Goto.
December 20 - In history's worst peacetime sea disaster, the passenger ferry MV sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Doña Paz Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
December 21 - Turgut Özal of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (46th government).
December 22 - In Zimbabwe, the political parties ZANU and ZAPU reach an agreement that ends the violence in the Matabeleland region known as the Gukurahundi.
December 29 - Kylie Minogue rises to global fame with her single " I Should Be So Lucky". December 30 - Pope John Paul II issues the encyclical ( Sollicitudo rei socialis On Social Concern).
January 5 - Kristin Cavallari, American television personality, fashion designer and actress
January 8 - Freddie Stroma, English actor and model
January 10 - César Cielo, Brazilian swimmer
January 12 - Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (d. 2020)
January 13 - Jack Johnson, American ice hockey player
January 18 - Zane Holtz, Canadian actor and model
January 21 - Pablo Caballero González, Uruguayan footballer
January 22 - Shane Long, Irish footballer
January 28 - Misha Crosby, British actor and producer
January 29 - Alex Murrel, American singer and actress
February 3 - Johan Dahlberg, Swedish architect
February 4 - Lucie ?afá?ová, Czech tennis player
February 7 - Kerli, Estonian singer
Choi Siwon, South Korean recording artist Poli Genova, Bulgarian singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter
February 11 - Ellen van Dijk, Dutch road and track cycling world champion
February 12 - Gary LeRoi Gray, American actor
February 17 - Raffi Ahmad, Indonesian actor and comedian
February 18 - Carla Hernández, Mexican actress
February 26 - Johan Sjöstrand, Swedish handball player February 27 - Valeriy Andriytsev, Ukrainian wrestler
March 1 - Kesha, American singer
March 4 - Theódór Elmar Bjarnason, Icelandic footballer
March 5 - Anna Chakvetadze, Russian professional tennis player
March 7 - Hatem Ben Arfa, Tunisian-French footballer
March 9 - Bow Wow, African-American rapper
March 12 - Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani chess player
March 13 - Marco Andretti, American IRL driver
March 14 - Aravane Rezaï, Iranian-French tennis player
March 16 - Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russian freestyle skier
March 19 - AJ Lee, American professional wrestler
March 20 - João Alves de Assis Silva (Jô), Brazilian soccer player
March 21 - Yuri Ryazanov, Russian artistic gymnast (d. 2009)
March 22 - Alexander Shatilov, Israeli artistic gymnast
March 25 - Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
March 26 - YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter
March 28 - Jimmy Wong, American actor and musician
March 29 - Dénes Varga, Hungarian water polo player March 31 - Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
May 1 - Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
May 2 - Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
May 5 - Jessie Cave, English actress
May 6 - Moon Geun-young, Korean actress
May 7 - Asami Konno, Japanese singer 
May 10 - Eileen April Boylan, American film and television actress
May 17 - Ott Lepland, Estonian singer
May 18 - Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and singer
May 20 -
May 23 - Bray Wyatt, American professional wrestler
May 24 - Déborah François, Belgian actress
Tooji, Norwegian-Iranian singer, model and television host Brandi Cyrus, American actress, singer and DJ
May 28 - Jessica Rothe, American actress
June 9 - James Maynard, British mathematician
June 10 - He Chong, Chinese diver
June 13 - Gesaffelstein, French record producer
A-fu, Taiwanese singer and songwriter Daiana Menezes, Brazilian actress, model, and television host
June 26 - Samir Nasri, French footballer
June 27 - Ed Westwick, English actor
June 30 - Adi Alsaid, Mexican author
September 1 - Jay Armstrong Johnson, American actor, singer, and dancer
September 3 - James Neal, Canadian ice hockey player
September 4 - Maryna Linchuk, Belarusian model
September 6 - Anna Pavlova, Russian artistic gymnast
September 10 - Paul Goldschmidt, American baseball player
September 15 - Aly Cissokho, French footballer
September 16 - Travis Wall, American dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer
September 19 - Danielle Panabaker, American actress
September 20 - Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (d. 2020)
September 21 - Ryan Guzman, American actor
September 22 - Tom Felton, English actor and musician
September 23 - Skylar Astin, American actor, model and singer
September 24 - Spencer Treat Clark, American actor
September 26 - Jang Keun Suk, South Korean actor, singer and model
September 28 - Hilary Duff, American actress, businesswoman, singer, songwriter, producer, and writer
September 29 - Anaïs Demoustier, French actress September 30
October 2 - Christopher Larkin, Korean-American actor and musician
October 3 - Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican beauty queen (Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006, Miss Universe 2006)
October 8 - Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer
October 9 - Melissa Villaseñor, American actress and comedian
October 10 - Valentina Favazza, Italian voice actress
October 11 - Ariella Käslin, Swiss artistic gymnast
October 12 - Besian Idrizaj, Austrian footballer
October 14 - Jay Pharoah, American actor
October 20 - Levy Li, Miss Malaysia Universe 2008
October 23 - Miyuu Sawai, Japanese actress
October 24 - Charlie White, American figure skater
November 1 - Ileana D'Cruz, Indian actress
November 4 - T.O.P, Korean rapper
November 5 - Kevin Jonas, American actor and singer-songwriter
November 14 - Brian Gleeson, Irish actor
November 15 - Sergio Llull, Spanish basketball player
November 20 - Amelia Rose Blaire, American actress
November 22 - Mauro Nespoli, Italian archer
November 25 - Dolla, American rapper (d. 2009)
November 26 - Kat DeLuna, American singer
November 28 - Karen Gillan, Scottish actress November 30 - Christel Khalil, American actress
December 2 - Isaac Promise, Nigerian footballer (d. 2019)
December 4 - Orlando Brown, American actor, rapper, and singer
December 6 - Jack DeSena, American actor and voice actor
Chris Crocker, American Internet celebrity, blogger, songwriter, recording artist, pornographic film actor and former YouTuber
Aaron Carter, American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer Ashley Cheadle, Australian actress, surfer and singer
December 8 - Susanne Riesch, German alpine skier
December 9 - Hikaru Nakamura, American chess grandmaster
December 10 - Gonzalo Higuaín, Argentine footballer
December 11 - Miranda Tapsell, Australian actress
December 12 - Lao Lishi, Chinese diver
December 16 - Mame Biram Diouf, Senegalese footballer
December 25 - LJ Reyes, Filipino actress
December 27 - Lily Cole, British model
December 29 - Iain De Caestecker, Scottish actor December 31
January 2 - Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist and directeur sportif (b. 1922)
January 5 - Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian supercentenarian (b. 1875)
January 9 - Arthur Lake, American actor (b. 1905)
January 13 - Turgut Demira?, Turkish film producer, director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
January 14 - Douglas Sirk, German-born film director (b. 1897)
January 15 - Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
January 16 - Joyce Jameson, American actress (b. 1932)
January 22 - R. Budd Dwyer, American politician (b. 1939)
January 27 - Norman McLaren, Canadian animator and director (b. 1914)
January 28 - Galo Plaza, Ecuadorian statesman, 29th President of Ecuador (b. 1906) January 31 - Yves Allégret, French film director (b. 1905)
February 3 - Nobuhito, Prince Takamatsu, younger brother of Japanese Emperor Hirohito (b. 1905)
February 4 - Liberace, American pianist, singer and actor (b. 1919)
February 10 - Robert O'Brien, American racing driver (b. 1908)
February 11 - Mark Ashton, Irish gay rights activist (b. 1960)
February 14 - Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (b. 1904)
February 19 - Hugh Greene, British television executive (b. 1910)
February 20 - Lev Russov, Russian painter (b. 1926)
February 23 - Esmond Knight, English actor (b. 1906)
February 27 - Joan Greenwood, English actress (b. 1921) February 28 - Stephen Tennant, British aristocrat and playboy (b. 1906)
March 1 - Freddie Green, American swing jazz guitarist (b. 1911)
March 2 - Randolph Scott, American actor (b. 1898)
March 7 - Waldo Salt, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
March 10 - George Glamack, American basketball player (b. 1919)
March 11 - Joe Gladwin, English actor (b. 1906)
March 12 - Woody Hayes, football coach at The Ohio State University (b. 1913)
March 15 - W. Sterling Cole, American politician, first Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (b. 1904)
March 17 - Antonio Lopez, American fashion illustrator (b. 1943)
March 19 - Louis de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
March 22 - Joan Shawlee, American actress (b. 1926)
May 3 - Dalida, French rock musician (b. 1933)
May 6 - William J. Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
May 7 - Colin Blakely, Northern Irish actor (b. 1930)
May 9 - Thodoros Kefalopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1894)
May 14 - Rita Hayworth, American actress and dancer (b. 1918)
May 17 - Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
May 19 - James Tiptree, Jr., American author (b. 1915)
May 21 - Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (b. 1930)
May 24 - Hermione Gingold, English actress (b. 1897)
May 26 - Emiliana de Zubeldia, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1888)
May 31 - John Abraham, Indian film director (b. 1937)
July 2 - Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (b. 1943)
July 3 - Viola Dana, American actress (b. 1897)
July 4 - Abdul Halim, Indonesian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Indonesia (b. 1911)
July 8 - Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
July 10 - John Hammond, American record producer (b. 1910)
July 11 - Tom Waddell, American sportsman and competitor (b. 1937)
July 12 - Joseph Burns, Major League Baseball outfielder (b. 1889)
July 16 - Pierre Lardinois, Belgian politician (b. 1924)
July 20 - Richard Egan, American actor (b. 1921)
July 27 - Travis Jackson, American baseball player ( New York Giants) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1904)
July 28 - Jack Renshaw, Australian politician, former Premier of New South Wales (b. 1909) July 31 - Joseph E. Levine, American film producer (b. 1905)
August 1 - Pola Negri, Polish born actress (b. 1897)
August 2 - Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, 2nd President of Bangladesh (b. 1921)
August 5 - Anatoli Papanov, Soviet and Russian stage, film and voice actor (b. 1922)
August 10 - Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1893)
August 16 - Andrei Mironov, Soviet and Russian theatre and film actor (b. 1941)
August 21 - Bombolo, Italian character actor and comedian (b. 1931)
August 23 - Didier Pironi, French racing driver (b. 1952)
August 24 - Bayard Rustin, American civil rights activist (b. 1912)
August 25 - Fernando Ramos da Silva, Brazilian actor, known as Pixote (b. 1967)
August 26 - Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
August 28 - John Huston, American film director, screenwriter, and actor (b. 1906) August 29
September 1 - Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, and aircraft designer and manufacturer (b. 1896)
September 2 - Alfredo Oscar Saint Jean, President of Argentina (1982) (b. 1926)
September 3 - Morton Feldman, American composer (b. 1926)
September 13 - Mervyn LeRoy, American film producer and director (b. 1900)
September 15 - Trygve Dalseg, America Norwegian marketing agent (b. 1898)
September 17 - Vladimir Basov, Soviet actor, film director and screenwriter (b. 1923)
September 18 - Américo Tomás, 13th President of Portugal (b. 1894)
September 19 - Einar Gerhardsen, former Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
September 21 - Jaco Pastorius, American jazz bassist (b. 1951)
September 29 - Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company (b. 1917) September 30 - Alfred Bester, American author (b. 1913)
October 10 - Carlos Ancira, Mexican film actor (b. 1929)
October 11 - Jaime Pardo Leal, Colombian lawyer, union leader, and politician (b. 1941)
October 15 - Thomas Sankara, Burkinabe politician, 5th Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and 2nd President of Burkina Faso (b. 1949)
October 20 - Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
October 22 - Lino Ventura, Italian actor (b. 1919)
October 27 - Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (b. 1911)
October 28 - André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
October 29 - Woody Herman, American jazz musician (b. 1913) October 30 - Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, author (b. 1904)
November 1 - René Lévesque, Canadian politician, 23rd Premier of Quebec (b. 1922)
November 4 - Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American painter, draftsman, and printmaker (b. 1899)
November 7 - Arne Borg, Swedish Olympic swimmer (b. 1901)
November 12 - Cornelis Vreeswijk, Dutch-born Swedish singer-songwriter, poet and actor (b. 1937)
November 18 - Jacques Anquetil, French road racing cyclist (b. 1934)
November 23 - Antonio Sastre, Argentine footballer (b. 1911)
November 24 - Anton Pieck, Dutch painter, artist and graphic artist (b. 1895)
November 26 - Duncan Sandys, British politician (b. 1908) November 27 - Henri Fluchère, French literary critic (b. 1898)
December 1 - James Baldwin, African-American novelist, essayist, playwright and poet (b. 1924)
December 4 - Rouben Mamoulian, Armenian-American film director (b. 1897)
December 10 - Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born violinist (b. 1901)
December 13 - Josefina Passadori, Argentinian writer and poet (b. 1900)
December 14 - Tim Dinsdale, British aeronautical engineer and Loch Ness Monster seeker (b. 1924)
December 15 - Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist (b. 1898)
December 19 - Leo Jung, American rabbi (b. 1892)
December 23 - Harald Johnsson, Swedish politician (b. 1898)
December 25 - Ruf Bonner, Soviet Jewish exile (b. 1900)
December 27 - Priscilla Dean, American actress (b. 1896) December 29
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