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What happen in 1987


  • Bill Gates, 32 year old founder of Microsoft becomes microcomuptings first billionaire
  • W.H.O reports that 8% of all pregnant Zairean women and 17% of Zairean blood donors are AIDS infected
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British PM this century to be elected three times
  • Black Monday world stock market share prices crash
  • A Yugoslavian baby boy is declared the world's five billionth inhabitant


  • I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany
  • Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • The Way it Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  • Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles
  • With or Without You by U2
  • I Want Your Sex by George Michael


TV and at the MOVIES
  • Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were Dirty Dancing
  • Glenn Close proved to be a Fatal Attraction for Michael Douglas
  • Wall Street taught us that 'Greed is Good'
  • South Africa's apartheid policy was shown to the world in 'Cry Freedom'
  • Jack Nicholson battled the Witches of Eastwick
  • Mel Gibson was a definite Lethal Weapon
  • Biology was proven wrong in My Two Dads


People who died in 1987
  • Rita Hayworth (b.1918) American film actress
  • Fred Astaire (b.1899) American actor
  • Danny Kaye (b.1913) American actor
  • John Huston (b.1906 ) American film director
  • Liberace (b.1919) American pianist
  • Jackie Gleason (b.1916) American actor
  • Andy Warhol (b.1928) American film-maker and artist
  • Lee Marvin (b.1924) American actor
  • Baroness Maria Von Trapp (b.1905) author of 'The Sound of Music'


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