May 4, 1987

May 4, 1987, was a Monday. It was 37 years and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on May 4, 1987?

  • Soccer: Everton win the First Division title after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.

Born on May 4, 1987

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 4, 1987:

  • United States: "I Just Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew
  • United Kingdom: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 4, 1987

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
  • Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley
  • Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
  • La Isla Bonita - Madonna
  • Sign 'O' The Times - Prince
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Police Academy 4

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Police Academy 4" was at the top of the box office on May 4, 1987.


This date was 13,531 days ago. Approximately 451 months have passed. It was the 124th day of 1987, in week 19. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 37 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 150 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to May 4, 1987

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Monday, May 4, 1987. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer of 1987 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "I Just Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew is at the top of the singles charts, while "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Police Academy 4 is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Fred Astaire, Scott La Rock, Lee Marvin, and James Baldwin would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Facts of Life", and "MacGyver". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Duck Hunt", "Boulder Dash", and "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Muppet Babies", "The Cosby Show", "Thomas the Tank Engine", and "ALF". Popular toys at the moment include Dungeons & Dragons, Screwball Scramble, the Commodore 64, and Pound Puppies.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 4, 1987.

  • Eurovision 1987.

    Eurovision 1987

    The 1987 Eurovision song contest was held in Brussels, Belgium. Ireland won the contest with the song "Hold Me Now" by Johnny Logan.
  • 1987 in music.

    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.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1987?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1987?

    The best NBA players in 1987 were Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Akeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird.
  • Late 1980s fashion.

    Late 1980s fashion

    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.
  • 1987 in movies.

    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.
  • Best soccer players in the world.

    Best soccer players in the world

    In 1987, the best soccer players were Ruud Gullit, Diego Maradona, Paulo Futre, Emilio Butragueño, Míchel, Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Marco van Basten, Gianluca Vialli and Bryan Robson.
  • The Last Emperor.

    The Last Emperor

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

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev was named Time Person of the Year in 1987 after he oversaw a number of political reforms in the Soviet Union.
  • Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram - "Somewhere Out There"

    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.
  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds

    Waterbeds became a huge fad during the late 1980s. Although they were invented in the 1970s, they didn't reach their heyday until the 1980s. In 1986 and 1987, nearly a quarter of all beds sold were filled with water.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System

    During the second half of the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System became one of the most popular video game consoles in the world. Releases for the NES included Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 4, 1987.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 4, 1987.

  • April 5, 1987:
    • The first episode of "Married... with Children" is aired.
    • Soccer: Arsenal win the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
  • April 19, 1987: The Simpsons make their first-ever appearance on the The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • May 2, 1987: The song "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is released by Whitney Houston.
  • This date: May 4, 1987
  • May 8, 1987: 8 IRA volunteers and a civilian are killed in an SAS ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • May 9, 1987: 183 people are killed when LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kosciuszko crashes in Warsaw, Poland.
  • May 15, 1987:
    • The former bodyguard of Lady Diana, Barry Mannakee, is killed in a road accident.
    • Fox Television Network fires talk show host Joan Rivers and her husband, Edgar Rosenberg.
  • May 16, 1987: Coventry City win the FA Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 after Extra Time.
  • May 17, 1987: 37 US personnel are killed after an Iraqi fighter jet fires two Exocet missiles at the American frigate USS Stark.
  • May 20, 1987: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) is released.
  • May 22, 1987:
    • The first-ever Rugby World Cup begins in New Zealand and Australia.
    • Hashimpura massacre: 50 Muslim men are killed by the police near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, India.
    • The comedy film "Ernest Goes to Camp" is released.
  • May 27, 1987: Football: Porto win the European Cup after defeating Bayern Munich 2-1.
  • June 2, 1987: Whitney Houston releases her album "Whitney".
  • June 3, 1987: Mob film The Untouchables (1987) is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 4, 1987, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1987 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 4, 1987 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1987

Television shows that people were watching in May 1987:

TV shows from May 1987.

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

Cars in 1987

1987 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW 5 Series, the Cadillac Brougham, the Chevrolet Corsica, the Dodge Dynasty, the Mazda Étude, and the Mercury Tracer.

Cars in 1987.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on May 4, 1987

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1987:

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace

The New Adventures of Jonny Quest
The New Adventures of Jonny Quest
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters
The Flintstone Kids
The Flintstone Kids

Popular toys and games in 1987

Toys and games that were popular in 1987:

Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Fluppy Dogs
Fluppy Dogs
Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1987.

Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Contra 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Paperboy 1986
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

Were you born on May 4, 1987?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1987.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 4, 1993, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 4.

Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian President Deceased
Born on May 4, 1928
He turned 59 on this day in 1987.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Actress Deceased
Born on May 4, 1929
She turned 58 on this day in 1987.

Mike Dirnt

Mike Dirnt

Green Day
Born on May 4, 1972
He turned 15 on this day in 1987.

Lance Bass

Lance Bass

Born on May 4, 1979
He turned 8 on this day in 1987.



National holidays and famous events that fall on May 4:


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 4, 1987.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 4, 1987 was most likely conceived around August 11, 1986.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 4, 1987 is close to January 25, 1988.

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Stats for May 4, 1987


Here are some interesting statistics about May 4, 1987:

  • 13,531 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,933 weeks have passed.
  • 1,169,078,400 seconds have passed since May 4, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,363,924,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 603,244,454,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 194,846,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 100,540,742 steps. That's roughly 44,685 miles.
  • 14,028,941 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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