Sunday December 20, 1987: Zodiac, Events, Birthdays and Holidays

US date format: 12/20/1987, UK date format: 20/12/1987

December 20th, 1987 was the 354th day of the year 1987 in the Gregorian calendar, under the sign of Sagittarius. The day of the week was Sunday.

Famous birthdays on this day include Taliana Vargas and Yutaka Otsuka.

The number one song in US was Faith by George Michael. Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys was #1 song in the UK.

Bad Taste, directed by Peter Jackson, was one of the most viewed movie released in 1987 while A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson was one of the best selling book.

On TV people were watching Finders Keepers. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Andy Capp: The Game or Dragon Scroll.

The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened that day: find out below.

Events | Famous Birthdays | Famous Deaths | Zodiac | Calendar and Day of Week | Holidays and Observances | Lunar and Planetary phase | Movies | TV Series | Music charts | Magazine covers | Books | Videogames

You can also have a look at December 20 across the years or at December 1987 calendar.

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December 20, 1987 Events

What happened on December 20, 1987?

Historical Events

  • Nuts with Barbra Striesand premieres
  • Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die
  • Nancy Lopez / Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0).
  • History's worst peacetime sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Dona Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).

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See also

What happened on December 20 in history? Find out the list of December 20th major events

What was 1987 famous for? Discover everything about 1987


December 20, 1987 Famous Birthdays

Who was born on December 20, 1987?

Other December 20th famous birthdays

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How old am I?

If December 20, 1987 is your birthday you are 35 years old. Find out how old you are in years, months, weeks and days and how long until your next birthday on December 20.

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December 20, 1987 Famous Deaths

Other December 20th famous deaths

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December 20, 1987 Zodiac

Western Zodiac - Astrological Sign

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Sagittarius personality

Who should a Sagittarius marry?

Babies born in December are either Sagittarius or Capricorn. People born before December 21st are Sagittarius, while people born from December 22nd have the sign of Capricorn

Personality of December born

Chinese Zodiac

Rabbit chinese zodiac sign

Sign: Rabbit

Element: Fire

Rabbit personality

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December 20, 1987 Day of the Week and Calendar

What day of the week was December 20, 1987?

The day of the week was Sunday.

December 20th marks the 353rd day of the Gregorian calendar for the year 1987.

There are 11 days remaining until the end of the year. Calculate the number of days between two dates.


December 20, 1987 Holidays and Observances

What is special on December 20, 1987?


  • R.C. Saints - Saint Dominic of Silos
  • Also see December 20 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The first All Faiths Day was celebrated in 2003 in Canandaigua, New York.


  • International Human Solidarity Day
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Music charts

What was the number one song on December 20, 1987? Which were the top hits on December 20, 1987?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Faithyoutube
  2. - Is This Love
  3. - So Emotionalyoutube
  4. - Shake Your Love
  5. - Got My Mind Set On You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Always On My Mind
  2. - China In Your Hand
  3. - When I Fall In Love
  4. - Fairytale Of New York
  5. - The Way You Make Me Feelyoutube

Top #5 R&B songs

  1. - I Want To Be Your Man
  2. - My Forever Love
  3. - System of Survival
  4. - The Way You Make Me Feelyoutube
  5. - I Live For Your Love

Top #5 Latin songs

  2. - La luna sera la luna
  3. - Negra
  4. - SOY ASI

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Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Bad Taste

Bad Taste

Release year: 1987

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1987

Directed by: Dario Argento

Starring: Sebastiano Somma, Daria Nicolodi, Barbara Cupisti, Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, Carola Stagnaro, William McNamara, Ian Charleson, Cristina Giachino, Francesca Cassola, Antonella Vitale, György Gyõriványi

Country: Italy

Hell High

Hell High

Release year: 1987

Directed by: Douglas Grossman

Starring: Maureen Mooney, Christopher Stryker, Christopher Cousins, Millie Prezioso

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

Release year: 1987

Directed by: David DeCoteau

Starring: Andras Jones, Linnea Quigley, Robin Stille, Hal Havins

Quella villa in fondo al parco

Quella villa in fondo al parco

Release year: 1987

Directed by: Giuliano Carnimeo

Starring: David Warbeck, Janet Agren, Eva Grimaldi, Luisa Menon

Country: Italy

TV Series

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Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Release year: 1987

Directed by: Bryan Carberry

Anime san jushi

Anime san jushi

Release year: 1987

Directed by: Keiji Hayakawa

Worzel Gummidge Down Under

Worzel Gummidge Down Under

Release year: 1987

Just the Ten of Us

Just the Ten of Us

Release year: 1987

Country: United States of America

The Munsters Today

The Munsters Today

Release year: 1987

Country: United States of America

Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1987?


Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson

A Man Rides Through


Stephen R. Donaldson, a New York Times bestseller, introduced us to Mordant's richly imagined world in The Mirror of Her Dreams. This is the first volume of Mordant’s Need.

The Bonfire Of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe

The Bonfire Of The Vanities


Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has ever described New York Society so accurately and devastatingly as Edith Wharton" ("The National Review")" A page-turner

Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

Patriot Games


Tom Clancy is the #1 New York Times bestselling Jack Ryan author. This book includes his most recent blockbusters Command Authority, Threat Vector and a riveting story about the Ryan family.

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut



This fictional autobiography by Rabo Karabekian combines humor and bitter irony. At seventy-one years old, he wants to be left alone on Long Island with his secret family.

Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steel



A young Frenchwoman meets a brilliant American actor in wartime Paris. Their love is fairytale-like, but they end up in tragedy. Their three children are cruelly divided after they become orphaned.

Birth chart on this day

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Andy Capp: The Game

Andy Capp: The Game

Platform: Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Adventure

Dragon Scroll

Dragon Scroll

Platform: Family Computer

Genre: Action role-playing game

Publisher: Konami



Platform: Arcade, Famicom/NES, PlayChoice-10, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Microsoft Windows[1], MS-DOS

Genre: Run and gun

Publisher: Konami

Double Dragon

Double Dragon

Platform: Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayChoice-10, Master System, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, IBM PC, Atari ST, Amiga, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Game Boy, Mega Drive/Genesis, Lynx, Mobile

Genre: Beat 'em up

Publisher: Technōs Japan (Japan) Taito (North America) Tradewest (NES) Mastertronic (computers)[1] HAMSTER (PS4)

Alex Kidd BMX Trial

Alex Kidd BMX Trial

Platform: Sega Master System

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Sega


December 20, 1987 Lunar and Planetary phase

Lunar phase

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Sport Games on December 20, 1987

Sport Games on December 20, 1987


American Football
  • Cleveland Browns - Los Angeles Raiders : 24 - 17
  • Indianapolis Colts - San Diego Chargers : 20 - 7
  • Minnesota Vikings - Detroit Lions : 17 - 14
  • New England Patriots - Buffalo Bills : 13 - 7
  • New Orleans Saints - Cincinnati Bengals : 41 - 24
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