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1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar).

Events of 1987

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  • August 16 – The followers of the Harmonic Convergence claim it was observed around the world.
  • August 17Rudolf Hess is found dead in his cell in Spandau Prisonmarker. Hess, 93, is believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself with an electrical flex. He was the last remaining prisoner at the complex, which is soon demolished.




September

Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday




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Undated



Ongoing



Fictional

The following are references to year 1987 in fiction:

  • Music:


* 1987 , debut album by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, later known as The KLF.


  • Film:
* 13 Going on 30 (2004): The scenes where Jenna is thirteen take place on May 26, 1987.
* American Psycho (2000): According to director Mary Harron on the DVD commentary, the film is set around the end of 1987. Patrick Bateman is seen reading Zagat's Survey of this year as well.
* Fargo (1996): The film takes place in Minnesotamarker, 1987
* Adventureland (2009): The film takes place in Pittsburghmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, summer 1987.


  • Television:
* Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979): NASAmarker launches the last of Americamarker's deep-space probes, the Space Shuttle Ranger 3, which is piloted by Captain William "Buck" Rogers.
* Set in 1987: the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day," 2005 takes place on November 7.
* Space: 1999 episode "The Rules of Luton" we learn that a world war, likely World War III, began sometime in 1987. It was described as 'The war to end all wars'.


  • Computer/video games:


* Resident Evil: Michael Warren is elected mayor of Raccoon City.
* Shenmue (1999) – Story continues into 1987.
* Shenmue II (2001): The game is set in 1987
* Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is set in this year (as claimed by the newspaper, after beating a boss).
* Syphon Filter 3: Three levels take place in and around Kabulmarker, Afghanistanmarker during this year amidst the Soviet occupation, with Gabe Logan and Lian Xing pitted against Afghan rebels and Soviet troops.


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Mathematical interest

  • This was the last year until 2013 with four distinct digits.


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Right Livelihood Award



Templeton Prize



References

  1. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/60037602.html?dids=60037602:60037602&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Apr+19%2C+1990&author=NICK+B.+WILLIAMS+Jr.&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Will+Free+U.S.+Hostage%2C+Lebanon+Militants+Say+Mideast%3A+A+pro-Iranian+faction+signals+a+possible+breakthrough.+U.S.+diplomat+is+asked+to+%60coordinate.%27&pqatl=google
  2. And Baby Makes Five Billion: U.N. Hails a Yugoslav Infant – New York Times



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