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Major Events of 1987

1987 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXVII) was the 87th year of the 20th century. 1987 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1987.
News Events of 1987

DOW Jones Industrial Average closes for the first time above 2,000.

Stock Market crashes on Black Monday.

INF agreement between United States and USSR eliminates an entire class of nuclear weapons.

Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China in 1999.

President Reagan undergoes prostate surgery.

President Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Ronald Reagan

Canada introduces a one dollar coin - the "Loonie".

Aretha Franklin becomes first woman inducted into Rock and Roll hall of fame.

The Great Storm of 1987 hits the UK and France.

AZT approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for HIV/AIDS.

The Simpsons cartoon first appears (initially as a short on the Tracey Ullman Show).

Tracey Ullman

Mathias Rust evades Soviet air defenses and lands a light aircraft in Red Square, Moscow.

Michael Jackson releases his album "Bad".

Michael Jackson

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) opens its first branch in the People's Republic of China.

The British ferry, MS Herald of Free Enterprise, capsizes killing 193 passengers and crew.

First salvage of wreckage from RMS Titanic (sank in 1912).

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ends the Fairness Doctrine which had required TV and radio broadcasters to present controversial issues fairly.

Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during the Second World War.

Sports in 1987

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