News and Events of 1987

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.018 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Oscar Arias Sánchez (Costa Rica)

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  • William Buckley, American hostage in Lebanon, reported slain (Jan. 20).

  • Iraqi missiles kill 37 in attack on US frigate Stark in Persian Gulf (May 17); Iraqi president Hussein apologizes (May 18).

  • Prime Minister Thatcher wins rare third term in Britain (June 11).

  • Klaus Barbie, 73, Gestapo wartime chief in Lyon, sentenced to life by French court for war crimes (July 4).

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 242,288,918
Life expectancy: 74.9 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 55.5
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 49.4

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $4,692.30 billion
Federal spending:   $1003.91 billion
Federal debt:   $2346.1 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   113.6
Unemployment:   6.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.22


Super Bowl
NY Giants d. Denver (39-20)
World Series
Minnesota d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
NBA Championship
LA Lakers d. Boston (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Edmonton d. Philadelphia (4-3)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. S. Graf (7-5 6-3)
Men: Pat Cash d. I. Lendl (7-6 6-2 7-5)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Indiana d. Syracuse (74-73)
NCAA Football Champions
Miami-FL (12-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Summons to Memphis, Peter Taylor
Music: The Flight Into Egypt, John Harbison
Drama: Fences, August Wilson

Oscars awarded in 1987
Academy Award, Best Picture: Platoon, Arnold Kopelson, producer (Orion)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Joseph Brodsky (US)

1987 Emmy Awards

1987 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1987
Record of the Year: "Higher Love," Steve Winwood
Album of the Year: Graceland, Paul Simon (Warner Bros.)
Song of the Year: "That's What Friends Are For," Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, songwriters

Miss America: Kellye Cash (TN)

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  • Though African, Latin American and other genres of international music have been around for centuries, a group of small, London-based labels coin the term "world music," which helps record sellers find rack space for the eclectic music.
  • thirtysomething debuts on ABC and departs from typical dramas, featuring analytical, self-absorbed baby-boomer characters.


  • Moonstruck, Wall Street, The Last Emperor, Fatal Attraction



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Donald J. Cram, Charles J. Pedersen (both US), and Jean-Marie Lehn (France), for wide-ranging research that has included the creation of artificial molecules that can mimic vital chemical reactions of the processes of life

Physics: K. Alex Müller (Switzerland) and J. Georg Bednorz (Germany), for their discovery of high-temperature superconductors

Physiology or Medicine: Susumu Tonegawa (Japan), for his discoveries of how the body can suddenly marshal its immunological defenses against millions of different disease agents that it has never encountered before

  • Prozac released for use in US by Eli Lilly & Company. Background: Health & Nutrition
  • AZT wins FDA approval for use in the treatment of AIDS.
  • An international treaty signed in Montreal calls for a 50% reduction in the use of CFCs by the year 2000 (Sept. 16). Background: environmentalism
  • Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand make the first transatlantic hot-air balloon flight. 2,790 miles from Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine, to Ireland Virgin Atlantic Flyer (July 2–4). Background: Famous Firsts in Aviation


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