August 1987 calendar

August 1987

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1987?


  • 01 Aug 1987 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • 02 Aug 1987 25th Tennis Federation Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada
  • 03 Aug 1987 Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26
  • 04 Aug 1987 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
  • 07 Aug 1987 Javed Miandad scores 260 vs. England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
  • 08 Aug 1987 Pakistan all out 708 vs. England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • 09 Aug 1987 Les Miserables, opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • 10 Aug 1987 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • 11 Aug 1987 France and Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 13 Aug 1987 Cards outfield sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
  • 14 Aug 1987 Les Miserables, opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged Hungary
  • 15 Aug 1987 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA and Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • 16 Aug 1987 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • 17 Aug 1987 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • 18 Aug 1987 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • 19 Aug 1987 ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent Charles Glass escapes his Hizballah kidnappers in Beirut, Lebanon, after sixty-two days in captivity.
  • 21 Aug 1987 Clayton Lonetree, first US Marine court-martialed for spying, convicted.
  • 22 Aug 1987 Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda for the NES in North America.
  • 23 Aug 1987 15-years old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
  • 24 Aug 1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes.
  • 25 Aug 1987 Dow Jones Industrial Stock Average reaches record 2722.42
  • 26 Aug 1987 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games
  • 28 Aug 1987 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams and Willie McCovey with 522 HRs
  • 29 Aug 1987 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time
  • 30 Aug 1987 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • 31 Aug 1987 South Africa longest mine strike in history ends
  • 07 Aug 1987 Cold War: Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Shakedownyoutube
  2. - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking Foryoutube
  3. - Who's That Girlyoutube
  4. - La Bambayoutube
  5. - I Want Your Sexyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's A Sinyoutube
  2. - La Bambayoutube
  3. - Under The Boardwalk
  4. - I Just Can't Stop Loving You
  5. - Who's That Girlyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1987?

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?

Sphere by Michael Crichton



"Ingenious and beguiling."--Time"Crichton keeps us guessing at every turn in his best work since The Andromeda Strain."--Los Angeles Times"Sphere may be Crichton's best novel, but even if it ranked only second

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The Songlines


Bruce Chatwin, author of In Patagonia, travels to Outback Australia in search of the meaning of the Aborginals ancient "Dreaming tracks"