January 1st, 1987

January 1st, 1987, fell on a Thursday. It was day 1 of 1987. The decade was the 1980s.

33 years, 10 months and 27 days have passed since January 1st, 1987.


On This Date

Events that occurred on January 1st, 1987:

  • Vehicle registration plates in Ireland switch to the new YY–CC–SSSSSS format.
  • The halfpenny coin is abolished in Ireland.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1987:

  • United States: Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
  • United Kingdom: Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "The Golden Child" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is January 1st, 1987 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1987. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before.

In America, the song Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Golden Child is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently wearing sweater dresses, short skirts, small shoulder pads, animal print, long full wool coats and bulky sweaters. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, sweatshirts, Nike Air Jordan shoes and denim. Because it's 1987, the radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Los Lobos, Rick Astley, Whitney Houston, the Pet Shop Boys, Bon Jovi, U2 and Madonna.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Cheers", "Punky Brewster", "Charles in Charge" and "Matlock". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Mario Bros.", "Tetris", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" and "The Legend of Zelda". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Muppet Babies", "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Jem and the Holograms" and "ALF".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Lite-Brite", "Speak & Spell", "Commodore 64" and "Popples".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 1st, 1987.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • 1987 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1987 included The Bangles, Heart, Gregory Abbott, Whitney Houston, Starship, Robbie Nevil, Whitesnake, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Bob Seger, U2, Los Lobos and Bon Jovi.

  • Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Mikhail Gorbachev was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1987 after he oversaw a number of political reforms in the Soviet Union.

  • 1987 in movies.

    Movies released in 1987 included Beverly Hills Cop II, Fatal Attraction, The Untouchables, Three Men and a Baby, Lethal Weapon, Predator, RoboCop, Dirty Dancing, Hellraiser, Spaceballs, The Untouchables, The Princess Bride and Full Metal Jacket.

  • Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram - "Somewhere Out There"

    "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram would go on to win a Grammy for 1987's Song of the Year.

  • The Last Emperor

    "The Last Emperor" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1987.

  • Late 1980s fashion.

    During this period, the mini skirt became extremely popular. Shoulder pads became increasingly smaller. Popular clothing included reversible inside-out coats, bright-colored shoes with thin heels, berets, lacy gloves, rugby sweatshirts, sweater dresses, jumpsuits, capri leggings, bike shorts and skirts worn with leggings. Colors included neon hues, plum, gold, and bright wines.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 33 years, 10 months and 27 days have passed since January 1st, 1987.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1987.
  • Leap Year: 1987 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1987, will be 33 years of age.
  • People born in 1987 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 536457600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1987:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1987, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1987 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1987 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
  • ALF - About an alien called ALF.
  • The Equalizer - About a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
  • The Golden Girls - Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power - Animated TV series.
  • ThunderCats - Animated series based on a group of half-human half-cat aliens.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
  • Murder, She Wrote - Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
  • Miami Vice - Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
  • Punky Brewster - Series about a child that has been abandoned by her parents.

1987 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1987.

  • ALF
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • The Flintstone Kids
  • Pingu
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Growing Pains
  • The Care Bears
  • ThunderCats
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • The Transformers
  • Muppet Babies
  • Heathcliff
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

1987 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1987:

  • Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
  • Popples
  • Fluppy Dogs
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
  • Pogo ball / Lolo ball
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 1st of January:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January:

  • New Year's Day

Weather

Weather information for January 1st, 1987:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 8.7 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 31.9 degrees Fahrenheit. -0.06 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8.22 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 10.92cm.

US President

Who was the US President on January 1st, 1987?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1987?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Garret FitzGerald was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1987 was probably conceived around the 24th of March, 1986. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1987 is the 11th of October, 1987. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • The Legend of Zelda - An adventure game that was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • Boulder Dash - Arcade game developed by Data East.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • Mario Bros. - Arcade game developed by Nintendo.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1987.

  • 12,385 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,070,064,000 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,248,408,000 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1987, earth has travelled approximately 552,153,024,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 178,344,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 92,025,504 steps. That's about 40,900 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,840,768 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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