1987 in history

1987 events chronologically

Jan 1 A value added tax is introduced in Greece for the first time
Jan 4 The 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people
Jan 20 Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon
Jan 22 Philippine security forces open fire on a crowd of 10,000–15,000 demonstrators at Malacañan Palace, Manila, killing 13
Jan 22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself during a televised press conference, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
Feb 2 After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines enacts a new constitution
Feb 6 Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed

Top 7 most famous people born in 1987

Jan 24 Luis Suárez a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker.
Apr 19 Maria Sharapova a Russian professional tennis player who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world 2 by the Women's Tennis Association and is the top Russian player. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 33 WTA singles titles, including five Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The WTA has ranked Sharapova world 1 in singles on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She became the world 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012 to July 8, 2012. She has been in nine Grand Slam finals with a record of 5–4 with her most recent Grand Slam coming at the 2014 French Open where she won her second French Open title and fifth Grand Slam title overall
May 15 Andy Murray a Scottish professional tennis player, ranked World 6. He has been ranked as British number 1 since 27 February 2006. He achieved a top-10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 16 April 2007, and was at a career peak of World 2 from 17 August 2009 to 13 September 2009, then again from 1 April 2013 to 21 April 2013 and 13 May 2013 to 18 August 2013
May 22 Novak Djokovic a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time
Jun 24 Lionel Messi an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team.
Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel a professional German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for Ferrari, being contracted to the end of 2017. He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won the championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 with Red Bull Racing. He is among the most successful F1 drivers of all time
Dec 17 Chelsea Manning a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after releasing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public. Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years' imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army. Manning is a trans woman who, in a statement the day after sentencing, said she had felt female since childhood, wanted to be known as Chelsea, and desired to begin hormone replacement therapy. From early life and through much of her Army life, Manning was known as Bradley; she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder while in the Army

Top 7 most famous people died in 1987

Feb 22 Andy Warhol an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist
Apr 11 Primo Levi an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man , his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic Table , linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named the best science book ever written
May 3 Dalida an Egyptian-Italian singer and actress who performed and recorded in more than 10 languages including: Arabic , Italian, Greek, German, French, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. In 1961 she acquired French citizenship upon marriage, while maintaining her original Egyptian and Italian ones
May 14 Rita Hayworth an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, and became known for her deep sultry voice and strawberry blonde hair
Jun 22 Fred Astaire an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films and several award winning television specials and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is best known as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre
Aug 17 Rudolf Hess a prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War He was taken prisoner and eventually was convicted of crimes against peace, serving a life sentence
Dec 1 James Baldwin an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son , explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time , No Name in the Street , and The Devil Finds Work