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1987


Jan
4
Punch-up in Piestany takes placePunch-up in Piestany takes place (1987)Top 10 Crazy Moments in Sports

18
Debut of the TV show Degrassi Junior High.The Degrassi television franchise had its debut on this day in 1987 on CBC.Top 10 Fictional Television Schools

21
Aretha Franklin becomes first female inductee into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American singer Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)Aretha Franklin Biography: Life and Career of the Soul Singer

31
Birthday of Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons is bornThe History of Mumford and Sons

Feb
1
Birthday of Glee's Heather MorrisBirthday of Heather Morris [Glee] (1987)Gleeks, Get Your Glee Facts and History Lesson

4
Death of LiberaceDeath of Liberace (1987)Top 10 Outrageous Male Music Fashion Icons

13
Release: Over the TopThe film Over the Top is released (1987)Top 10 Trends of the 1980s
Top 10 Movies So Bad They're Good

22
Release: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!) by Beastie Boys(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!) by Beastie Boys (1987)Top 10 Funniest Music Videos

22
Death of Andy Warhol Death: Andy Warhol (1987)Top Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Primer

25
Birthday of Eva Avila Birthday of Eva Avila (1987)Interview with Eva Avila

Mar
1
Birthday of KeshaAmerican singer Kesha is bornKesha: Biography and Origins of the Tik Tok Singer
Top 10 Hated Musical Artists

3
Release: The Bridge Is Over by Boogie Down ProductionsThe Bridge Is Over by Boogie Down Productions (1987)Top 10 Rap Diss Tracks

6
Release: DollsThe film Dolls is released (1987)Top 10 Scary Movie Dolls

6
Release: Lethal WeaponThe film Lethal Weapon is released (1987)Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Male Movie Cops

6
Release: Raising ArizonaThe film Raising Arizona is released (1987)Top 10 Coen Brothers Movies
Top 10 Movie Hillbillies

8
The TV series The A-Team airs its last episodeThe TV series The A-Team airs its last episode (1987)Top 10 Decade Defining Shows of the 1980s
Top 10 Live-Action TV Cars

9
The Joshua Tree is releasedThe Joshua Tree is released (1987)Top 10 Greatest U2 Songs

12
Release: Les Miserables premieres on BroadwayMusical 'Les Miserables' premieres on Broadway at The Broadway TheatreTop 10 Broadway Musicals

13
Release: Evil Dead II: Dead by DawnThe film Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn is released (1987)Top 10 Creative Horror Movie Weapons
Top 10 Evil Movie Laughs
Top 10 Movie Badasses

19
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves AIDS drug AZTThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AZT, a drug used in the treatment of AIDS and found to prolong the lives of patients (1987)AIDS: 30 Years of a Deadly Disease

21
Release: Release of With or Without You by U2Release of With or Without You by U2 (1987)Top 10 Sad Breakup Songs

29
Hulk Hogan fights Andre the Giant at WrestleMania IIIHulk Hogan fights Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III (1987)Top 10 Hulk Hogan Moments

Apr
1
Comic book debut of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.Comic book debut of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. This super-villain team arrived in X-Factor #15.Supervillain Origins: The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse

1
U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1 U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1 (1987)AIDS: 30 Years of a Deadly Disease

5
Fox Broadcasting Company launchesFox Broadcasting Company launched its first prime-time TV schedule (1987)Top 10 Fox Television Shows of All Time

5
Release: The TV series Married... with Children airs its first episodeThe TV series Married... with Children airs its first episode (1987)Top 10 Decade Defining Shows of the 1980s
Top 10 Married Sitcom Couples

10
Release: Silent Night, Deadly Night 2Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is released (1987)Top 10 Least Scary Horror Movies

11
Birthday of Lights Birthday of Lights (1987)Interview with LIGHTS: Songwriting and Goals
LIGHTS Discusses Her Personal Life, Charity
LIGHTS Discusses Fashion, Video Games
Interview With LIGHTS

12
The TV series 21 Jump Street airs its first episodeThe TV series 21 Jump Street airs its first episode (1987)Top 10 Best Movies Based on a TV Series

19
The Simpsons premieres on The Tracey Ullman Show The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987)The History of The Simpsons

May
1
Release: Castlevania for the NES is released in North AmericaThe game that gave birth to the Castlevania franchise, Castlevania is an action platform game that pits Simon Belmont against the Perils of Dracula's Castle to defeat Dracula himself.Top 10 Castlevania Games

11
Release: Girls Girls Girls is releasedGirls Girls Girls is released (1987)Another Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos

20
Release: Beverly Hills Cop IIThe film Beverly Hills Cop II is released (1987)Top 10 Coolest Movie Characters
Top 10 Eddie Murphy Moments
Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV

22
Release: Ernest Goes to CampThe film Ernest Goes to Camp is released (1987)Top 10 Movie Hillbillies

Jun
1
Release: George Michael's I Want Your Sex is releasedGeorge Michael's I Want Your Sex is released (1987).Top 10 Controversial Music Videos

3
Release: The UntouchablesThe film The Untouchables is released (1987)Top 10 Movie Portrayals of Real Life Gangsters
Top 10 Best Movies Based on a TV Series
Top 10 Action Packed Slow Motion Scenes
Top 10 Best Sean Connery Performances
Top 10 Worst Movie Accents

8
Release: MiseryThe Stephen King novel Misery is released (1987)Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations

12
Release: PredatorThe film Predator is released (1987)Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Evil Movie Laughs
Top 10 Movie Traps
Top 10 Sci-Fi Movie Duels

12
Release: The Witches of EastwickThe film The Witches of Eastwick is released (1987)Top 10 Movie Devils

22
Death of Andy Warhol Death: Andy Warhol (1987)Top Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Primer

24
Birthday of Lionel MessiBirthday of Lionel Messi (1987)Lionel Messi Biography: Barcelona, Argentina Football Star
Top 10 Football Players

24
Theatrical release of Spaceballs.Theatrical release of Spaceballs. The Mel Brooks parody film based on the likes of Star Wars and Star Trek.Top 10 4th Wall Breaks in Film
Top 10 Hilarious Movie Villains

26
Release: Full Metal JacketThe film Full Metal Jacket is released (1987)Top 10 Movie Suicides
Top 10 Stanley Kubrick Movies
Top 10 Memorable Movie Insults
Top 10 Last Words Before Death in Movies
Top 10 Improvised Movie Moments

29
Release: The Living DaylightsThe James Bond film The Living Daylights is released (1987)Top 10 Best Blockbuster Movie Franchises

Jul
6
Release: Grateful Dead album, In the Dark, is releasedGrateful Dead's highest charting album, In the Dark, is released. It went to the Billboard top ten.History of the Grateful Dead

7
Release: Eric B. and Rakim's debut, Paid in Full, is releasedEric B. and Rakim's debut album, "Paid in Full," is releasedTop 10 Greatest Rap Debut Albums

17
Release: Jaws: The RevengeJaws: The Revenge is released (1987)Top 10 Least Scary Horror Movies

17
Release: RoboCopThe film RoboCop is released (1987)Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Male Movie Cops
Top 10 Over the Top Movie Villain Deaths
Top 10 Superhero Movies Not Based on Comic Books

21
Release: Guns N Roses release Appetite For DestructionGuns N Roses release their debut album Appetite for Destruction which goes on to sell 35 million copies (1987)Guns N' Roses: History of the Hard Rock Band
Top 10 Guns N' Roses Songs
Top 10 Debut Rock Albums
Top 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s

24
Release: La BambaLa Bamba, the story of Ritchie Valens' life (1987)Top 10 Music Biopic Performances

24
Release: Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceThe film Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is released (1987)Batman VS. Superman
Top 10 Career Ruining Movies
Top 10 Hilarious Movie Superpowers

31
Release: The Lost BoysThe film The Lost Boys is released (1987)Top 10 Vampires in Movies and TV (REDUX)
Top 10 Movie Vampires

Aug
3
Release: Def Leppard album, Hysteria, is releasedDef Leppard's fourth album, 'Hysteria,' is releasedTop 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s

3
Release: Hysteria is releasedHysteria is released (1987).Top 10 Def Leppard Songs

3
Release: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley is releasedNever Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley is released (1987).Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

6
Release: Metroid is released in North America, Drawing inspiration from Ridley Scott's Alien, this game marked the debut of one of the most iconic Female Protagonists in Video Games: Samus Aran Top 10 Female Protagonists in Video Games

7
Sidney Crosby is bornSidney Patrick Crosby is born August 7, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grows up to be one of the most talented NHL players ever.Sidney Crosby: Biography of Pittsburgh Penguins Superstar

18
Release: Aerosmith album, Permanent Vacation, is releasedPermanent Vacation is released (1987)Top 10 Aerosmith Songs
Top 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s

19
The Hungerford massacre takes place.Michael Ryan kills 16 at a mass shooting in Britain.Top 10 Infamous Mass Shootings Outside the U.S.

21
Release: 'Dirty Dancing' is released.The film Dirty Dancing is released (1987)Top 10 Oscar-Winning Songs
Top 10 Classic Duets

21
Release: Dirty DancingThe film Dirty Dancing is released (1987)Top 10 Dance Scenes in Dance Movies
Top 10 Trends of the 1980s
Top 10 Career Defining Movies
Top 10 Movie Theme Songs

25
Birthday of Blake LivelyBirthday of Blake Lively (1987)Top 13 Hot Actresses of 2013
How To Dress Like Your Favorite Gossip Girl

31
Bad is releasedMichael Jackson releases his album Bad (1987)Top 10 Michael Jackson Songs
Top 10 Billboard Records

Sep
11
Release: Jethro Tull Album Crest of Knave is releasedJethro Tull Album Crest of Knave is released (1987).Top 10 WTF Moments in Heavy Metal

18
Release: Fatal AttractionThe film Fatal Attraction is released (1987)Top 10 Murderous Women in Film

18
The TV show DuckTales airs its first episodePremiere of Disney animated TV series, DuckTales (1987)Top 10 Disney Animated TV Series
Top 10 Cartoons of the 1980s
Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Show Theme Songs

22
Release: The TV series Full House airs its first episodeThe TV series Full House airs its first episode (1987)Top 10 TV MILFS
Top 10 TV Families
Top 10 Annoying TV Kids
Top 10 TV Bromances
Top 10 Annoying TV Characters

23
Release: Wings of DesireThe film Wings of Desire is released (1987)Top 10 Successful Foreign Films
Top 10 Movie Angels

25
Release: Theatrical release of The Princess Bride.Theatrical release of The Princess Bride. This cult classic is an American romantic comedy adventure film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman (1987)Top 10 Movie Sword Fights
Top 10 Movie Princesses
Top 10 Fantasy Duels

28
The TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation airs its first episodeThe TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation airs its first episode (1987)Top 10 Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Top 10 Annoying TV Characters

Oct
7
Release: Au Revoir les EnfantsThe film Au Revoir les Enfants is released (1987)Top 10 Successful Foreign Films

18
Birthday of Zac Efron Birthday of Zac Efron (1987)Zac Efron Biography: Life and Career of the Actor and Singer

19
Release: INXS album, Kick, is releasedINXS's best-selling album, 'Kick,' featuring 'Need You Tonight,' is releasedThe History of INXS

27
Release: Wings of DesireThe film Wings of Desire is released (1987)Top 10 Worst American Remakes of Foreign Movies

28
Birthday of Frank OceanAmerican singer-songwriter Frank Ocean is bornFrank Ocean: Bio and Origins of the R&B Singer

30
Release: Slumber Party Massacre IIThe film Slumber Party Massacre II is released (1987)Top 10 Creative Horror Movie Weapons

Nov
3
Birthday of Elizabeth Smart Top 10 kidnappings that shocked the United States.Top 10 Kidnappings That Shocked the U.S.

11
The TV series The Transformers airs its last episodeThe TV series The Transformers airs its last episode (1987)Top 10 Decade Defining Shows of the 1980s
Top 10 Movie Continuations of TV Series
Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Rivalries
Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Show Theme Songs

13
Release: Howling IIIThe film Howling III is released (1987)Top 10 Terrible Movie Dialogues

23
Birthday of Nicole "Snooki" PolizziA profile of the reality program Jersey Shore.Jersey Shore: A Reality TV Retrospective

25
Release: Plains, Trains and AutomobilesThe film Plains, Trains and Automobiles is released (1987)Top 10 Movie Rants

25
Release: Three Men and a BabyThe film Three Men and a Baby is released (1987)Top 10 Most Paused Movie Moments

Dec
8
First Intifada beginsFirst Intifada begins in West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel (1987). Top 10 Riots of the Past 100 Years

11
Release: Wall StreetThe film Wall Street is released (1987)Top 10 Greatest Business Movie Speeches

14
The TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs its first episodeThe TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs its first episode (1987)Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Show Theme Songs
Superhero Origins: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Top 10 Cartoons of the 1980s
Top 10 Television Cartoon Villains

17
Debut of the original Final Fantasy game.Debut of the original Final Fantasy game. Released for the NES, this fantasy role-playing video game was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and began the long running franchise.Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters

17
Release of Mega ManRelease of the video game Mega Man (1987) Top 10 Forgotten Video Game Mascots

18
Release: Eddie Murphy RawRelease of the stand-up comedy special Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)Top 10 Eddie Murphy Moments

23
Release: Good Morning, VietnamRelease of Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)Top 10 Robin Williams Performances

23
The TV series The Jetsons airs its last episodeThe TV series The Jetsons airs its last episode (1987)Top 10 Cartoon Dads from TV
Top 10 Cartoon Moms from TV

25
Empire of the SunThe film Empire of the Sun is released (1987)Top 10 Acting Debuts in Movies

25
The character Hilda Ogden leaves "Coronation Street."Actress Jean Alexander leaves her role as Hilda Ogden on "Coronation Street" after 23 years.Top 10 Coronation Street Trivia