January 1987 calendar

January 1987

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1987?


  • 01 Jan 1987 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • 03 Jan 1987 Oh Coward! closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 04 Jan 1987 16 die in a train crash in Chase, Maryland
  • 05 Jan 1987 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • 06 Jan 1987 Astronomers at University of California see first sight of birth of a galaxy.
  • 07 Jan 1987 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at age 28 the youngest.
  • 08 Jan 1987 Dow Jones Industrial Index closes above 2,000 for first time (2,002.25).
  • 09 Jan 1987 Chinese / Vietnamese border fights, 1500 killed
  • 11 Jan 1987 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL New York Giants Stadium (beat Washington Redskins 17-0).
  • 13 Jan 1987 7 top New York Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • 14 Jan 1987 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 16 Jan 1987 León Febres Cordero, president of Ecuador, is kidnapped by followers of imprisoned general Frank Vargas, who successfully demand the latter's release.
  • 17 Jan 1987 US President Ronald Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran.
  • 18 Jan 1987 11th Soap Opera Digest Poll Awards - Days of Our Live wins
  • 19 Jan 1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's first Republican governor since 1874.
  • 20 Jan 1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 21 Jan 1987 BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to University of Mississippi.
  • 22 Jan 1987 Blizzard in New Jersey, as 334 attend the New Jersey Devils - Calgary Flames NHL game, New Jersey wins 7-5.
  • 23 Jan 1987 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points
  • 24 Jan 1987 61st Australian Women's Tennis: H Mandlikova beat M Navratilova (7-5, 7-6).
  • 25 Jan 1987 Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, New York Giants, QB
  • 26 Jan 1987 Hart Foundation beats British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title.
  • 27 Jan 1987 Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose and Doug Somers for AWA World Tag Team.
  • 28 Jan 1987 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 29 Jan 1987 Lisa files for separation from husband New York Met Darryl Strawberry
  • 31 Jan 1987 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Marlee Matlin win.
  • 03 Jan 1987 Varig Flight 797 crashes near Akouré in the Ivory Coast, resulting in 50 deaths.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Walk Like An Egyptian
  2. - Shake You Downyoutube
  3. - At This Moment (Live)
  4. - Everybody Have Fun Tonight
  5. - Notorious

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Reet Petite
  2. - Caravan Of Love
  3. - Jack Your Body
  4. - Is This Love
  5. - Cry Wolf


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1987?

A Taste For Death by P. D. James

A Taste For Death


The bloody scene of a double murder occurs in the small Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church. Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh is confronted with an interesting dilemma: How can an upper-crust Minister lie next to a neighboring derelict of …

The Golden Cup by Belva Plain

The Golden Cup


Henrietta Roth is an extraordinary woman who fights for her destiny in this spectacular return to Evergreen. Three turbulent generations are vividly brought to life against the backdrop of

Death Quest by L. Ron Hubbard

Death Quest


Kinky killers. Exploding speedboats. Paternity suits worth $2 billion It's love Voltarian style. . . Voltarian

Perfume by Patrick Suskind



Patrick Suskind's classic novel is an international bestseller. It provokes terrifying reflections on what happens when one man indulges in his greatest passion, his sense of smell.

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.