From top left, clockwise: the MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes after leaving the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, killing 193; Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing everyone except a little girl; the King's Cross fire kills 31 people after a fire under an escalator flashes-over; the MV Doña Paz sinks after colliding with an oil tanker, drowning almost 4,400 passengers and crew; Typhoon Nina strikes the Philippines; LOT Polish Airlines Flight 5055 crashes outside of Warsaw, taking the lives of all aboard; the USS Stark is struck by Iraqi Exocet missiles in the Persian Gulf; U.S. President Ronald Reagan gives a famous speech, demanding that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tears down the Berlin Wall.
Millennium: 2nd millennium
1987 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1987
Ab urbe condita2740
Armenian calendar1436
Assyrian calendar6737
Baháʼí calendar143–144
Balinese saka calendar1908–1909
Bengali calendar1394
Berber calendar2937
British Regnal year35 Eliz. 2 – 36 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2531
Burmese calendar1349
Byzantine calendar7495–7496
Chinese calendar丙寅年 (Fire Tiger)
4683 or 4623
    — to —
丁卯年 (Fire Rabbit)
4684 or 4624
Coptic calendar1703–1704
Discordian calendar3153
Ethiopian calendar1979–1980
Hebrew calendar5747–5748
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2043–2044
 - Shaka Samvat1908–1909
 - Kali Yuga5087–5088
Holocene calendar11987
Igbo calendar987–988
Iranian calendar1365–1366
Islamic calendar1407–1408
Japanese calendarShōwa 62
Javanese calendar1919–1920
Juche calendar76
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4320
Minguo calendarROC 76
Nanakshahi calendar519
Thai solar calendar2530
Tibetan calendar阳火虎年
(male Fire-Tiger)
2113 or 1732 or 960
    — to —
(female Fire-Rabbit)
2114 or 1733 or 961
Unix time536457600 – 567993599

1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1987th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 987th year of the 2nd millennium, the 87th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1980s decade.





MS Herald of Free Enterprise before its capsizing on March 6.







Performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Index during Black Monday


October 16: aftermath of the Great Storm of 1987.


November 18: King's Cross St Pancras tube station catches fire.


Births and deaths

Main pages: Category:1987 births and Deaths in 1987

Nobel Prizes


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