|<< - 1986|
|World Series Champions:
|Superbowl XXI Champions:
New York Giants
Los Angeles Lakers
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
|U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ivan Lendl/Martina Navratilova
Pat Cash/Martina Navratilova
|NCAA Football Champions:
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
|The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Carol Alt, Christina Applegate, Kim Basinger, Naomi Campbell, Cher, Sybil Danning, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, Debbie Gibson, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Ireland, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Traci Lords, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Tatjana Patitz, Victoria Principal, Linnea Quigley, Stephanie Seymour, Jewel Shepard, Helen Slater, Heather Thomas, Christy Turlington
"I'm going to Disneyworld"
- Phil Simms after winning Superbowl XXI
"This is your brain... This is drugs... This is your brain on drugs"
"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
"Snap out of it!"
"Nobody puts 'Baby' in a corner"
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
|Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Kellye Cash (Memphis, TN)
Michelle Royer (Texas)
The Scandals, Deaths, Sad and Odd News:
On September 11, 1987, Dan Rather, upset at the evening news being delayed by a U.S. Open tennis match, walked off the set and when the match was over CBS was left with nothing but dead air for six minutes.
In 1987, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was tasked by his superiors to find a mole within the agency after the FBI's moles in the KGB were caught. In reality, he was the mole, working with the KGB since 1979.
Spokane, Washington's Keyboard Cat (real name: Fatso) died in 1987.
Gary Hart, Democrat,abandoned his 1988 campaign for U.S. president after details of his alleged affair with Donna Rice became public. Prior, he challenged reporters to "Follow me" around, and they did.
Actor Matthew Broderick killed 2 women due to careless driving in 1987 while on holiday in Ireland. He was ordered to pay $175 and served no time in prison.
Robert "Budd" Dwyer was a former Pennsylvania politician
who, on January 22, committed suicide by shooting himself in the
mouth with a handgun during a live televised press conference. It
inspired Filter's song Hey Man, Nice Shot.
Iran-Contra - Reagan security advisor Ollie North was part of a plan to help anti-communist Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua with funds from Iran which directly (or indirectly) got hostages out of Iran. Isreal may or may not have been involved as well. It was much more confusing than it sounds here.
1987 Pop Culture News:
When Billy Idol's cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' song "Mony Mony" reached #1 on the charts in 1987, it dethroned Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now", which was also a cover of a Tommy James and the Shondells song.
Alphonso Hayden Jr., a robbery suspect in Sacramento fled into a darkened movie theater to escape police. He became so engrossed in the movie, Robocop, that he failed to notice that police had evacuated all other patrons from the theatre. When the lights flipped on, the stunned man was taken into custody.
Eli Lilly & Company's Prozak was first sold to the public.
Actor and Personality Mr. T angered the residents of Lake Forest, by cutting down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. The incident was called The Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre. He was attempting to help his allergies.
Robert Downey Jr. buried the clothes that he wore in 1987's Less Than Zero in the backyard of his house in a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming 1992's Chaplin.
In 1987, there were only 22 California Condors left on the planet. All of them were caught to help preserve the species, and now there are several hundred birds, half of which are in the wild.
Steve Rothstein bought a lifetime unlimited first class American Airlines ticket for $250,000. He flew over 10,000 flights costing the company $21,000,000. They terminated his ticket in 2008.
1987 was the year that Red Bull started accelerating parties.
U2 opened for themselves at a few shows in 1987. They were introduced as "The Dalton Brothers from Galveston, Texas," and they played country music while disguised in wigs and costumes.
U2 filmed the video for their hit "Where the Streets Have No Name" on the roof of a liquor store in Los Angeles. Initially they expected a crowd of 30,000 people but managed to attract only over 1,000 people.
Italian TV host Enzo Tortora was convicted of drug trafficking in 1985. After being acquitted of all charges and then released in 1987, he returned to telelvsion and began the show by saying "Well then, where did we leave off?"
Chuck Lorre (creator of Two & A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg) also composed the theme song to the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.
A new word, "Borked" came into the political arena, meaning "railroaded through an interview, with no chance of being approved".
Don Mattingly hit six grand slams in 1987 to set the MLB single-season record. Those six were also the only grand slams he would ever hit in his 14 year career.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1987: $600,000
At the height of their popularity, in 1987, 22 percent of all mattress sales in the US were waterbed mattresses.
On November 22, two television stations in Chicago, IL, were hijacked within the course of three hours. The hijacker dressed to resemble Max Headroom, a fictional British artificial intelligence character from the mid 80's. To this day neither the hijacker nor any accomplices have been found.
In 1987, the year the live action He-Man movie was released, sales of He-Man toys dropped 98 per cent, falling from $400 million in 1986 to only $7 million.
Singer/songwriter Debbie 'Foolish Beat' Gibson vs Tiffany who sand Tommy James' I Think We're Alone Now.
(not really much of a feud, they barely knew each other)
After two and a half seasons, David and Maddie had sex on TV's Moonlighting, losing the sexual tension. Then, the audience stopped watching the show. Stars Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepard were barely speaking in real life at this point.
Watching Moonlighting, until about 1/2 way through the season.
appearances & 1987's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and
Spuds MacKenzie first appeared in Bud Light beer advertisements.
Robert Bork was rejected by the U.S. Senate as a Ronald Reagan Supreme Court Justice.
|The Bomb (Movie):
Ishtar starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
|The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Three Men and A Baby
2. Fatal Attraction
3. Beverly Hills Cop II
4. Good Morning, Vietnam
6. The Untouchables
7. The Secret Of My Success
9. Lethal Weapon
10. The Witches of Eastwick
|The Bomb (Television):
Shelly Long Quit the popular NBC TV Show Cheers
|1987 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Roseanne (ABC)
3. A Different World (NBC)
4. Cheers (NBC)
5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. Who's the Boss? ( ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Empty Nest (NBC)
10. Anything But Love (ABC)
The biggest Pop Artists of 1987 include:
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
The Number One Hits Of 1987:
|Popular Music in 1987 - # 1 Hits of 1987|