- What was happening in 1987

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1987 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1987? Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? For me, I was in the 12th grade, owned my first car(not an IROC-Z) and still didnt have a license, still fixing cars, and still playing Ice Hockey. Saw an IROC-Z up close for the first time.

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1987 Tidbits 1987 US Statistics
1987 Economic Information 1987 Sports History
1987 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1987 Entertainment
1987 Pulitzer Prizes 1987 Oscar Awards
1987 Emmy Awards 1987 Tony Awards
1987 Grammy Awards  

1987 TIDBITS...

~ Oliver North, Jr., tells Congressional inquiry higher officials approved his secret Iran-Contra (July 7–10).

~ Reagan says Iran arms-Contra policy went astray and accepts responsibility (Aug. 12).

~ Senate, 58-42, rejects Robert H. Bork as US Supreme Court Justice (Oct. 23).

1987 US Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 242,288,918
Life expectancy: 74.9 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 55.5
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 49.4

1987 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $4,692.30 billion
Federal spending:   $1003.91 billion
Federal debt:   $2346.1 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   113.6
Unemployment:   7.0%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.22


In 1987...

MLB Baseball - The Minnesota Twins won the World Series beating the ST. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3.

NBA Basketball - The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics for the Championship 4 games to 2.

College Basketball - Indiana beat Syracuse 74-73 for the NCAA title.

Boxing - Mike Tyson beats James "Bonecrusher" Smith in a Heavyweight unification bout by a unanimous decision.

NFL Football - The New York Giants beat the Denver Broncos 39-20 for the Super Bowl title.

PGA Golf - Larry Mize won the Masters Golf Tournament.

NHL Hockey - The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Tennis - Pat Cash and Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon.

The top 20 TV Shows of 1987 The Top Movies of 1987

The Top Books of 1987

1 The Cosby Show 1 Beverly Hills Cop 2 1 Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
2 A Different World 2 Fatal Attraction 2 Toni Morrison, Beloved
3 Cheers 3 Good Morning Vietnam
4 The Golden Girls 4 Lethal Weapon
5 Growing Pains 5 Three men and a baby
6 Who's the Boss 6 The Untouchables
7 Nightcourt 7
8 60 Minutes 8
9 Murder she wrote 9
10 ALF 10
11 The wonder years 11
12 Moonlighting 12
13 L.A. Law 13
14 Matlock 14
15 Amen 15
16 NFL Monday Night Football
17 Family Ties
18 CBS Sunday Night Football
19 In the Heat of the Night
20 My two dads

1987 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: Paul Simon, "Graceland"
Album of the Year: U2, Joshua Tree

1987 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Summons to Memphis, Peter Taylor
Music: The Flight Into Egypt, John Harbison
Drama: Fences, August Wilson

1987 Oscars
Best Picture Broadcast News, James L. Brooks, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Actor in a Leading Role Michael Douglas, Wall Street
Actress in a Leading Role Cher, Moonstruck
Actor in a Supporting Role Albert Brooks, Broadcast News
Actress in a Supporting Role Norma Aleandro, Gaby—A True Story
Directing Bernardo Bertolucci, The Last Emperor


1987 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series thirtysomething (ABC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Richard Kiley, A Year in the Life
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Larry Drake, L.A. Law
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Shirley Knight, thirtysomething: “The Parents Are Coming”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Mark Tinker, St. Elsewhere: “Weigh In, Way Out”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Paul Haggis and Marshall Herskovitz, thirtysomething: “Business as Usual” (“Michael's Father's Death”)
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special AT&T Presents: Inherit the Wind (NBC)
Outstanding Comedy Series The Wonder Years (ABC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Michael J. Fox, Family Ties
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Beatrice Arthur, The Golden Girls
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series John Larroquette, Night Court
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Beah Richards, Frank's Place: “The Bridge”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Gregory Hoblit, Hooperman: Pilot
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Hugh Wilson, Frank's Place: “The Bridge”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration (CBS)


1987 Tony Awards
Play Fences
Musical Les Misérables
Revival All My Sons
Actor—Play James Earl Jones, Fences
Actress—Play Linda Lavin, Broadway Bound
Featured Actor—Play John Randolph, Broadway Bound
Featured Actress—Play Mary Alice, Fences
Actor—Musical Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
Actress—Musical Maryann Plunkett, Me and My Girl
Featured Actor—Musical Michael Maguire, Les Misérables
Featured Actress—Musical Frances Ruffelle, Les Misérables
Director—Play Lloyd Richards, Fences
Directors—Musical Trevor Nunn and John Caird, Les Misérables
Book—Musical Les Misérables, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Score Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg, music; Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil, lyrics
Scenic Designer John Napier, Les Misérables
Costume Designer John Napier, Starlight Express
Choreographer Gillian Gregory, Me and My Girl
Lighting Designer David Hersey, Les Misérables
Special Awards George Abbott
Jackie Mason
San Francisco Mime Troupe


1987 Grammy Awards

Record of the Year “Graceland,” Paul Simon
Album of the Year Joshua Tree, U2 (Island)
Song of the Year “Somewhere Out There,” James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, songwriters
Best New Artist Jody Watley
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Bring on the Night, Sting
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “(I've Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) “Minute by Minute,” Larry Carlton
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal The Joshua Tree, U2
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) Jazz From Hell, Frank Zappa
Best Rhythm and Blues Song “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers, songwriter
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male “Just to See Her,” Smokey Robinson
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female Aretha, Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) “Chicago Song,” David Sanborn
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male “What Is This Thing Called Love,” Bobby McFerrin