1987: Top Songs, Movies, TV Shows, Sporting Events, World Events And More

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Well, we made it! Through the 60’s, the 70’s and now it’s time to party! The decade started out with the U.S. defeating the Russians in hockey for the first time ever for Gold at the Olympics in Lake Placid NY. It was the decade that this thing called a ‘computer’ would begin to find its way into homes, music television would show you the music, cable and satellite TV would begin to find their way into people’s homes. Video games would become more or a regular thing in our homes, cell phones as big as bricks entered our lives, wireless telephones would find their way into our lives and push-button phones began to replace the rotary phone. The space shuttle program implemented by former President Richard Nixon became a reality, the 1985 Super Bowl champs, the Chicago Bears were the most interesting sports characters of the decade and had their own video to prove it. It was a decade of celebs coming together for good causes with U.S.A For Africa’s “We Are The World”, Band-Aid’s “Do They Know Its Christmas”, Farm-Aid and more.

Check out everything that was from this decade, year by year – from the sporting events to world events, the top TV shows, songs, movies and more.

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1. Walk Like An Egyptian » Bangles
2. Alone » Heart
3. Shake You Down » Gregory Abbott
4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) » Whitney Houston
5. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now » Starship
6. C’est La Vie » Robbie Nevil
7. Here I Go Again » Whitesnake
8. The Way It Is » Bruce Hornsby & The Range
9. Shakedown » Bob Seger
10. Livin’ On A Prayer » Bon Jovi

Album of the Year: Joshua Tree, U2
Best New Artist: Jody Watley
Best Pop Duo or Group: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Best Pop Female Vocal: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
Best Pop Male Vocal: Bring on the Night, Sting
Best Rock Duo or Group: The Joshua Tree, U2
Best Rock Solo: Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen
Record of the Year: “Graceland,” Paul Simon
Song of the Year: “Somewhere Out There”

1 Three Men and a Baby BV $167,780,960
2 Fatal Attraction Par. $156,645,693
3 Beverly Hills Cop II Par. $153,665,036
4 Good Morning, Vietnam BV $123,922,370
5 Moonstruck MGM $80,640,528
6 The Untouchables Par. $76,270,454
7 The Secret of My Success Uni.
8 Stakeout BV $65,673,233
9 Lethal Weapon WB $65,207,127
10 The Witches of Eastwick WB

Winners in CAPS
Best Picture:
“THE LAST EMPEROR”, “Broadcast News”, “Fatal Attraction”, “Hope and Glory”, “Moonstruck”
MICHAEL DOUGLAS in “Wall Street”, William Hurt in “Broadcast News”, Marcello Mastroianni in “Dark Eyes”, Jack Nicholson in “Ironweed”, Robin Williams in “Good Morning, Vietnam”
CHER in “Moonstruck”, Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction”, Holly Hunter in “Broadcast News”, Sally Kirkland in “Anna”, Meryl Streep in “Ironweed”
Supporting Actor:
SEAN CONNERY in “The Untouchables”, Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News”, Morgan Freeman in “Street Smart”, Vincent Gardenia in “Moonstruck”, Denzel Washington in “Cry Freedom”
Supporting Actress:
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS in “Moonstruck”, Norma Aleandro in “Gaby – a True Story”, Anne Archer in “Fatal Attraction”, Anne Ramsey in “Throw Momma From the Train”, Ann Sothern in “The Whales of August”
BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI for “The Last Emperor”, John Boorman for “Hope and Glory”, Lasse Hallstrom for “My Life as a Dog”, Norman Jewison for “Moonstruck”, Adrian Lyne for “Fatal Attraction”

The Cosby Show / A Different World / Cheers / Growing Pains
Night Court / The Golden Girls / Who’s the Boss?
60 Minutes / Murder She Wrote / The Wonder Years

Best Drama – thirtysomething
Best Actor – Richard Kiley, A Year in the Life
Best Actress – Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey
Supporting Actor – Larry Drake, L.A. Law
Supporting Actress – Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething

Best Comedy – The Wonder Years
Best Actor – Michael J. Fox, Family Ties
Best Actress – Beatrice Arthur, The Golden Girls
Supporting Actor – John Larroquette, Night Court
Supporting Actress – Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls
Best Variety – Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Kentucky Derby Winner: Alysheba – Trainer: J. Van Berg – Jockey: C. McCarron

Football Super Bowl XXII: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR & John Elway, Denver, QB
Pro MVP: Lawrence Taylor, NY Giants, LB

College Football: #1 Miami-Fl
Heisman Trophy: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
Rose Bowl: Michigan St. 20, USC 17
Orange Bowl: Miami-FL 20, Oklahoma 14
Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
Sugar Bowl: Syracuse 16 – Auburn 16

NBA Championship: Boston Celtics Vs. L.A. Lakers
Winner: Boston. in 6
Boston Coach: K.C. Jones
L.A. Coach: Pat Riley
MVP: Magic Johnson, G Average Points Per Game, 25.9
NCAA Champions: Indiana 30W -4L, Coach: Bobby Knight

World Series
Minnesota Twins Vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Winner: St. Louis in 7
Minnesota Coach: Tom Kelly
St. Louis Coach: Whitey Herzog

National League
MVP: Andre Dawson, Chi Cubs (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Benito Santiago, San Diego (P)

American League
MVP: George Bell, Tor (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Mark McGwire, Oakland (1B)

Evangelist Jim Baker Admits To Making Payments To Cover sexual Infidelity

Iraqi Missile Hits SS “Stark” In Persian Gulf And Kills 37

19 Year Old German Flies Small Plane Into Moscow Square

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Is Replaced By Alan Greenspan

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Is Re-elected For Third Time

Oliver North Takes Fifth Amendment In Contra Investigation

Dow Suffers Worst One Day Fall In History, 508 Points called Black Monday

Gary Hart withdraws from Presidential race when sexual indiscretion is exposed

Dow tops 1,700

B.B. King and Muddy Waters inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame

338 of 452 are convicted in Mafia trial in Palermo, Italy

Died; Fred Astaire , Jackie Gleason, Liberace, Rita Hayworth

Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

50,000 gather at “Graceland”, on the 10th anniversary of Elvis’s death

Mark McGwire (Oakland, Al) sets a rookie record of 49 Home Runs.

Spuds Mackenzie and Max Headroom are in.

One time use disposable cameras are new.

Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters’ “At This Moment”

Ad: For $22,000 you can buy a BMW or the hollow felling of something just as good. (BMW)

Michael Jordan (Chicago) averages 37.1 ppg, the first since Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points.

Playtex, in TV ads for the “Cross Your Heart” bra, is the first to use live lingerie models.

Quote: “I came here to tell the truth – the good, the bad, and the ugly.” (Oliver North)

Forty states and hundreds of cities restrict smoking in public buildings and restaurants following the surgeon general’s directives on passive smoking.

“Baby M” custody is awarded to the father. (mother was contracted to have the baby and give it up, then changed her mind)

Sixty percent of US kitchens now have microwave ovens and forty percent of the food dollars are spent eating out.

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush

Population: 242,288,918
Life expectancy: 74.9 years


Federal spending: $1,003,000.000
Federal debt: $2,346,100,000
Inflation: 3.6%
Consumer Price Index: 113.6
Unemployment: 7%

Cost of a new home: $127,200.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $26,061.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.95
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.78
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.28