1987…In the News
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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)