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1987 Trivia

<< - 1986
World Series Champions:
Minnesota Twins
Superbowl XXI Champions:
New York Giants
NBA Champions:
Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Edmonton Oilers
U.S. Open Golf:
Scott Simpson
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ivan Lendl/Martina Navratilova
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Pat Cash/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
Miami
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Indiana
Kentucky Derby:
Alysheba
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
"The Quotes"
"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."
- Michael Douglass, as Gordon Gekk, in 'Wall Street'

"Snap out of it!"
- Cher, in 'Moonstruck'

"Nobody puts 'Baby' in a corner"
- Patrick Swayze, in 'Dirty Dancing'

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
- Ronald Reagan requesting the elimination of the Berlin Wall

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Mikhail Gorbachev
Miss America:
Kellye Cash (Memphis, TN)
Miss USA:
Michelle Royer (Texas)

The Scandals, Deaths, Sad and Odd News:
Jim Bakker resigned as host of the PTL (Praise The Lord) Club in 1987, after a scandal involving former secretary Jessica Hahn.

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:
The mail truck most commonly used by the USPS was produced by Grumman and is called the Long Life Vehicle. Production began in 1987, and a new one hasn't been produced since 1994.

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.

The Feuds:
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.

The Habit:
Watching Moonlighting, until about 1/2 way through the season.

1st appearances & 1987's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Double Loves transforming plush animals, Jenga, Koosh ball, Pictionary(Pictionary was available in small markets since 1985)

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
5. Moonstruck
6. The Untouchables
7. The Secret Of My Success
8. Stakeout
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:
Alexander O'Neal, Anita Baker, Atlantic Starr, The Bangles, Billy Ocean, Bob Seger, Bon Jovi, Club Nouveau, Cutting Crew, Europe, Expose, Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Jackson, Genesis, George Michael, Heart, Herb Alpert, Huey Lewis & the News, Janet Jackson, The Jets, Jody Watley, John Cougar Melloncamp, Keith Sweat, Levert, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, LL Cool J, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Miami Sound Machine, Micheal Jackson, Michael McDonald, Mike + the Mechanics, Neal Alexander, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Cetera, Prince, Robbie Nevil, Robert Palmer, Starship, Stephanie Mills, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Tiffany, U2, Van Halen, The Whispers, Whitesnake, Whitney Houston

(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:
December 20, 1986 - January 16, 1987: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian

January 17, 1987 - January 23, 1987: Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down

January 24, 1987 - February 6, 1987: Billy Vera and the Beaters - At This Moment

February 7, 1987 - February 13, 1987: Madonna - Open Your Heart

February 14, 1987 - March 13, 1987: Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer

March 14, 1987 - March 20, 1987: Huey Lewis and the News - Jacob's Ladder

March 21, 1987 - April 3, 1987: Club Nouveau - Lean On Me

April 4, 1987 - April 17, 1987: Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

April 18, 1987 - May 1, 1987: Aretha Franklin and George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)

May 2, 1987 - May 15, 1987: Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died in Your Arms

May 16, 1987 - June 5, 1987: U2 - With or Without You

June 6, 1987 - June 12, 1987: Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

June 13, 1987 - June 19, 1987: Atlantic Starr - Always

June 20, 1987 - June 26, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Head to Toe

June 27, 1987 - July 10, 1987: Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

July 11, 1987 - July 31, 1987: Heart - Alone

August 1, 1987 - August 7, 1987: Bob Seger - Shakedown

August 8, 1987 - August 21, 1987: U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

August 22, 1987 - August 28, 1987: Madonna - Who's That Girl

August 29, 1987 - September 18, 1987: Los Lobos - La Bamba

September 19, 1987 - September 25, 1987: Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett - I Just Can't Stop Loving You

September 26, 1987 - October 9, 1987: Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have It All

October 10, 1987 - October 16, 1987: Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

October 17, 1987 - October 23, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Lost in Emotion

October 24, 1987 - November 6, 1987: Michael Jackson - Bad

November 7, 1987 - November 20, 1987: Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now

November 21, 1987 - November 27, 1987: Billy Idol - Mony Mony

November 28, 1987 - December 4, 1987: Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life

December 5, 1987 - December 11, 1987: Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place on Earth

December 12, 1987 - January 8, 1988: George Michael - Faith

Popular Music in 1987 - # 1 Hits of 1987