April 1987 calendar

April 1987

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1987.
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 on April 1987: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1987?


  • 02 Apr 1987 Mikado opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 03 Apr 1987 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualifying record of 212.809 mph at Talladega.
  • 04 Apr 1987 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
  • 05 Apr 1987 Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children and Tracey Ullman
  • 06 Apr 1987 Al Campanis appears on Niteline saying blacks may not be equiped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • 07 Apr 1987 Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on Nightline
  • 09 Apr 1987 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
  • 11 Apr 1987 Zoja Ivanova wins second female World Cup marathon (2:30:39).
  • 12 Apr 1987 Texaco files for bankruptcy.
  • 13 Apr 1987 1st 3 SD Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • 14 Apr 1987 Turkey asks to join European market.
  • 15 Apr 1987 Barbara Cook: A Concert... opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • 16 Apr 1987 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
  • 17 Apr 1987 Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate.
  • 18 Apr 1987 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air
  • 19 Apr 1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver.
  • 20 Apr 1987 US deports Karl Linnas, charged with German war crimes, to USSR.
  • 21 Apr 1987 Milwaukee Brewers lose, ending American League season-opening winning streak at 13 games.
  • 22 Apr 1987 Sri Lanka Air Force bombs Tamil rebels; 100s killed.
  • 23 Apr 1987 28 construction workers die when the L'Ambiance Plaza apartment building collapses while under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • 24 Apr 1987 Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City
  • 26 Apr 1987 Barbara Cook: A Concert... closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • 27 Apr 1987 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WWII
  • 28 Apr 1987 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte, North Carolina and Miami, Florida in 1988 and Minneapolis, Minnesota and Orlando, Florida in 1989.
  • 29 Apr 1987 Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US.
  • 30 Apr 1987 New York Islanders' Mike Bossy plays his final game.
  • 04 Apr 1987 Garuda Indonesia Flight 032 crashes at Medan Airport, killing 23.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1987?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Nowyoutube
  2. - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)youtube
  3. - (I Just) Died In Your Armsyoutube
  4. - Lean On Me
  5. - Don't Dream It's Overyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Everything I Own
  2. - La Isla Bonita
  3. - Respectable
  4. - Let It Be
  5. - Stand By Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1987?

Santorini by Alistair MacLean



Reissue of the gripping story of sabotage at Sea by the acclaimed master in suspense and action. A luxury yacht is on fire, and it's sinking

Love, Medicine & Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel

Love, Medicine & Miracles


The immune system's strongest stimulant is unconditional love. Love heals. Every day, miracles occur to extraordinary patients - those who love and have the courage of working with their doctors to help them recover.

Communion by Whitley Strieber



This is the beginning of an extraordinary true-life adventure. One man shares his riveting story with people from "elsewhere".

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic


While I was thinking here last night, Some Whatifs crawled into my ear. They danced and partied all night. And sang the same old Whatif song: What if I fail that test?

The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe by Jane Wagner

The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe


The Broadway play's text captures twenty years of American culture.