1987…In the News

Local headlines

  • Waverly teachers went on strike Sept. 1 over a contract dispute and didn’t return to the classrooms until Sept. 21.
  • Alvin Pickett, founder of the Lansing Urban League, filed suite against the Lansing Elks Club. He contended he was denied membership in the club because he was black. (LSJ)
  • Lorenzo White led the MSU Spartans to a Big Ten football title and Rose Bowl appearance.
  • Eleven corrections officers at Southern Michigan Prison in Jackson were suspended following the death of a prisoner.

State headlines

  • Northwest Flight 255, carrying 155 passengers, crashed right after takeoff at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Cecilia Cichan, age 4, was the only survivor. Three Lansing-area residents were killed. (LSJ)
  • Pope John Paul II visited Detroit and celebrated mass with more than 90,000 people at the Pontiac Silverdome. (LSJ)
  • The UAW, Ford and GM signed job-protecting, three-year contracts following extensive bargaining and talks of striking. (LSJ)
  • Michigan celebrated its 150th birthday with Sesquicentennial festivities throughout the state.
  • Gov. Blanchard signed the 65 mph speed limit into law. (LSJ)
  • The Michigan House of Representatives voted to halt state-funded abortions. (LSJ)

National headlines

  • On Oct. 14, Jessica McClure fell into an abandoned well in Texas. She was freed two days later. (LSJ)
  • Iran-Contra affair hearings (expand)
  • The Dow Jones average dropped 508 points on Oct. 19, “Black Monday.”
  • Gary Hart’s sexual shenanigans with Donna Rice halted his presidential campaign. (LSJ)
  • Researchers made some progress on the battle against AIDS as the drug treatment AZT went on sale.
  • The United States celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Constitution. (LSJ)
  • Televangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker, of the PTL Network, resigned following several scandals. (LSJ)
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules Rotary Clubs must admit women.
  • The first heart-lung transplant takes place in Baltimore Maryland.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson launched his second campaign for U.S. president.

International headlines

  • Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev promoted openness or “Glasnost” (LSJ)
  • Floods and Bangladesh and earthquakes in Ecuador each killed more than 1,000 people. (LSJ)
  • A ferry sank in the Philipines, killing more than 1,600 Christmas travelers. (LSJ)
  • Oscar Arias, president of Nicaragua, won the Nobel Peach Prize for his efforts to get Central American countries to agree on peace plan. (LSJ)
  • On May 17 during the Iran-Iraq, a mistaken attack by an Iraqi fighter killed 37 sailors and injured 21 on the USS Stark. (LSJ and Wikipedia)
  • The United States and Canada signed the Free Trade Agreement.
  • Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wins a third term in Great Britain.
  • Construction of the Channel Tunnel begins.
  • INF agreement between US and USSR eliminates an entire class of nuclear weapons.

The World of Sports

  • Super Bowl: NY Giants d. Denver Broncos
  • World Series: Minnesota Twins d. St. Louis Cardinals
  • NBA Championship: LA Lakers d. Boston Celtics
  • Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers d. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Wimbledon: Martina Navratilova d. Stefi (check spelling) Graf and Pat Cash d. Ivan Lendl
  • NCAA Basketball Championship: Indiana d. Syracuse
  • NCAA Football Champions: Miami, FL

Arts & Entertainment

  • London-based record labels coin the term “world music.”
  • thirtysomething debuts on ABC.
  • Best Picture: The Last Emperor
  • Top grossing movie: Three Men and a Baby
  • Record of the Year: “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
  • Song of the Year: “That’s What Friends are For”
  • Aretha Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Les Miserables opened on Broadway.
  • Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show
  • Run DMC introduces revolutionary concept of mixing rock and rap

Notable people that passed away in 1987

  • Andy Warhol
  • Fred Astaire
  • Liberace
  • Henry Ford II
  • Jack Gleason
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Harold Washington (first black mayor of Chicago)
  • Alf Landon (former Kansas Governor who lost to FDR in the 1936 presidential race)
  • William Casey (CIA director)
  • Peter Tosh (reggae musician)
  • Rudolf Hess (Hitler deputy)
  • Clare Booth Luce (writer, Congresswoman, diplomat)
  • Hugh Duffy Daugherty (former MSU football coach)
  • Monsignor Jerome MacEachin (Father Mac founded St. John’s Student Parish and the school at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes (former Ohio State football coach)


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