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January 3rd
In the United States, Motown singer Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 5th
In The United States, President Ronald Reagan under went prostate surgery and caused worries about his health.
January 13th
New York mafiosi Anthony Salerno and Carmine Peruccia were sentenced for 100 years in prison for racketeering.
January 16th
In Ecuador, President Leon Cordero was kidnapped by followers of the imprisoned General Frank Vargas, who successfully demanded his release.
January 20th
In Lebanon, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite, was kidnapped in Beirut. He would be released on November 18th 1991.
January 29th
In the United States, William J. Casey ended his term as a director of CIA.
February 11th
In the United States, the US performed nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site.
February 12th
In Utah, USA, a 'Unabomber' bomb exploded in Salt Lake City.
February 20th
In Utah, a second 'Unabomber' bomb exploded at the Salt Lake City computer store and injured the owner.
February 23rd
Supernova 1987A was observed, the first 'naked-eye' supernova since 1604.
February 26th
In the United States, in Iran-Contra scandal, the Tower Commission rebuked American President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
March 6th
The 'Herald Of Free Enterprise' disaster. As the car-ferry left the port of Zeebrugge, its car-loading deck doors were open. The ferry took in water and capsized. The disaster killed 180 people.
April 2nd
Legendary American jazz drummer Buddy Rich died.
April 13th
Portugal and China signed an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.
April 27th
In the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice declared the former United Nations Secretary-General and at present Austrian President Kurt Waldheim an "undesirable alien".
May 6th
In the United States, the ex-CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) director William J. Casey died. Casey had finished his term of office on January 29th.
May 11th
In the United States, the first heart-lung transplant took place in Baltimore, Maryland.
May 11th
In France, Klaus Barbie the 'Butcher Of Lyon', went on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
May 14th
In Fiji, Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka executed a bloodless coup on the island of Fiji, and was declared a republic.
May 17th
In the Middle-East, during the Iran-Iraq War, the American battleship USS Stark (FFG-31) was struck by two exocet missiles from an Iraqi F-1 Mirage fighter, while on patrol in the Persian Gulf. The attack killed 37 crew and injured 21.
May 28th
In Russia, a 19-year-old West German pilot, Mathias Rust, evaded Soviet air defences and landed his private plane in Red Square in Moscow. He was immediately arrested and was later released on Wednesday, August 3rd 1988.
In the United States, Congressional hearings opened over reports of illegal diversion of US funds from sales of arms to Iran, to support anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua, South America.
June 11th
In Britain, Margaret Thatcher won her third general election and remained the British Prime Minister for a third term as the Conservative Party beat Neil Kinnock's Labour Party.
July 1st
The Single European Act was passed by the European Union.
July 3rd
In Soviet Union, Vladimir Nikolayev was sentenced to death for cannibalism.
July 4th
In France, a court in Lyons sentenced Klaus Barbie the 'Butcher Of Lyon' to life in prison.
July 22nd
In Britain, the Palestine cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali was shot in London. He died of his wounds on August 28th.
July 31st
In Saudi Arabia, 400 Iranian pilgrims were killed when pilgrims clashed with Saudi Arabian security forces in Mecca.
In the United States, National Security Council member Oliver North defended his actions as his 'patriotic duty', during the Iran-Contra hearings.
August 16th
In the United States, Northwest Airlines flight 255 crashed on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. All but one of the 156 passengers were killed. The survivor was a 4-year old girl, Cecelia Cichan.
August 17th
In West Berlin, leading Nazi official Rudolf Hess died. Hess was found hanged in his cell in Spandau Prison. Hess had spent over 40 years in prison for his involvement with the Nazis.
August 19th
In Britain, gunman Michael Robert Ryan killed 16 with an assault rifle Hungerford. Trapped and surrounded by the police Ryan turned the gun on himself.
September 2nd
In Russia, the trial of 19-year-old German pilot, Mathias Rust, began in Moscow. Rust flew his Cessna airplane through Soviet airspace undetected and landed it in Red Square, Moscow, on May 28th.
7th - 21st
In the United States, the World's first conference on artificial life was held at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
15th - 16th
In Britain, the 'Great Storm' battered southern England. The hurricane's epicentre hit the seaside town of Brighton, and hurricane force winds hit much of the South of England. 23 people were killed.
October 19th
'Black Monday'. World stockmarket prices crashed, which caused global panic, as stock exchanges from New York, London and Toyko fell dramatically fearing a world recession would be the result.
October 23rd
In Britain, the champion English jockey Lester Piggott was convicted of tax evasion and was jailed for 3 years.
November 8th
In Northern Ireland, the IRA detonated a bomb at Enniskillen during a Remembrance Day service. The terrorist attack killed 11 people.
November 18th
In Britain, London's Underground station King's Cross was engulfed in fire started by a discarded cigarette. The cigarette ignited rubbish that had collected under the station's escalator. The fire killed 31 people.
November 25th
In Asia, the category 5 typhoon 'Nina' smashed the Philippines. The storm caused winds of up to 165 mph. 1,036 people were killed.
December 1st
NASA announced the names of four companies who were awarded contracts to help build Space Station Freedom: Boeing Aerospace, General Electric's Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas and the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell.
December 1st
In Europe, the link under the English Channel, the Channel Tunnel, between Britain and France commenced.
December 2nd
NASA astronaut Donn Eisele died. Eisele was Command Module pilot for Apollo 7, 11th October 1968, and served as back-up CM pilot for Apollo 10.
December 8th
In the Middle-East, the first Intifada began. Palestinian uprising (Intifada) exploded against Israel.
December 8th
In the United States, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in Washington, D.C.. The treaty signed between the United States and the Soviet Union was to eliminate European targeted nuclear weapons.
December 17th
In Czechoslovakia, Gustáv Husák resigned as the leader of the General Secretary of the Communist Party.
December 21st
The ferry Doña Paz collided with the oil tanker Vector I. 1,500 people were confirmed killed, although it was suspected closer to 4,000 due to unregistered passengers.

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