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 (2-1)
  • 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

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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd


Which were the most popular books released in August 1987?
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Heiress by Janet Dailey



In Heiress, two sisters meet at the funeral of one of the most prestigious men in the country, Dean Lawson, their father.

Communion by Whitley Strieber



Thus begins the most astonishing true-life odyssey ever recorded—one man's riveting account of his extraordinary experiences with visitors from “elsewhere” .

Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch Jr

Cultural Literacy


In this forceful manifesto, Hirsch argues that children in the U.S. are being deprived of the basic knowledge that would enable them to function in contemporary society.

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The Songlines


Bruce Chatwin-author of In Patagonia-ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aborginals' ancient "Dreaming-tracks."

The Great Depression Of 1990 by Ravi Batra

The Great Depression Of 1990


From Jacket Flap: Startling in its revelations, bold in its predictions, and overwhelmingly convincing in the evidence it offers, "The Great Depression of 1990" demonstrates that we are headed toward an