May 1987 calendar

May 1987

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1987?


  • 01 May 1987 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
  • 02 May 1987 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4.
  • 03 May 1987 Mikado closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 05 May 1987 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • 06 May 1987 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • 08 May 1987 Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race
  • 09 May 1987 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw
  • 10 May 1987 Jody Rosentha wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic.
  • 11 May 1987 Corazon Aquino is elected President in the Philippines.
  • 13 May 1987 Ajax wins 27th Europe Cup II.
  • 14 May 1987 Little Shop of Horrors is released in Germany
  • 15 May 1987 1st Energiya Launch
  • 16 May 1987 Bobro 400, a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, sets sail from New York, beginning an unsuccesful eight-week search for a dumping site.
  • 17 May 1987 Stardust closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • 19 May 1987 1st American Comedy Award
  • 20 May 1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF and Harley Race for trademark name king
  • 21 May 1987 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • 22 May 1987 30 killed in a Texas tornado.
  • 24 May 1987 Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
  • 26 May 1987 Cecilia Bolocco, age 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe.
  • 27 May 1987 Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on Nightline after PTL scandal
  • 28 May 1987 Mathias Rust, 19, W German pilot, makes unauthorized landing in the USSR
  • 29 May 1987 Twilight Zone director John Landis found innocent in death of actor Vic Morrow.
  • 30 May 1987 West German Mathias Rust lands airplane on Red Square
  • 31 May 1987 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • 09 May 1987 LOT Flight 5055 crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
  2. - With Or Without You
  3. - Looking For A New Love
  4. - You Keep Me Hangin' Onyoutube
  5. - Don't Dream It's Over

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - La Isla Bonita
  2. - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Nowyoutube
  3. - Let It Be
  4. - Can't Be With You Tonight
  5. - Respectable


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1987?

Guardians Of The West by David Eddings

Guardians Of The West


The sequel to THE BELGARIAD: Garion has killed the evil God Torak and fulfilled the prophecy. A new prophecy appears, however.

Flight Of The Intruder by Stephen Coonts

Flight Of The Intruder


FLIGHT OF THE INTRODER was a smash bestseller and spent more than six months on The New York Times Bestseller List. It became an instant classic.

Intimate Partners by Maggie Scarf

Intimate Partners


"Anyone interested in, embarking upon, or yearning to have an intimate relationship with someone should purchase, borrow, or steal Intimate Partners." -New WomanWhat happens in intimate attachments?

The Enigma Of Arrival by V. S. Naipaul

The Enigma Of Arrival


This is the story of one writer's journey from one place to the next, from the British colony in Trinidad to the ancient English countryside, and from one mental state to the next.

A Season On The Brink by John Feinstein

A Season On The Brink


John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink is still the best-selling novel in the genre, twenty-five years after it reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for sixteen weeks.