May 8th, 1987

May 8th, 1987, fell on a Friday. It was day 128 of 1987. The decade was the 1980s.

33 years, 11 months and 15 days have passed since May 8th, 1987.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 8th, 1987:

  • 8 IRA volunteers and a civilian are killed in an SAS ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1987:

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

Movie Box Office

Which movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "The Secret of My Success" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is May 8th, 1987 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1987 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Secret of My Success 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Knots Landing", "Only Fools and Horses", "The Cosby Show" and "The Equalizer". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Tetris", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" and "Contra".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Transformers", "Thomas the Tank Engine", "ThunderCats" and "21 Jump Street". Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)", "Fluppy Dogs" 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 May 8th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Last Emperor

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

  • Who were the best football players in 1987?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eurovision 1987

    The 1987 Eurovision song contest is held in Brussels, Belgium. Ireland win the contest with the song "Hold Me Now" by Johnny Logan.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 33 years, 11 months and 15 days have passed since May 8th, 1987.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1987.
  • Leap Year: 1987 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 8th, 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 547426800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 8th, 1987:

  • April 19th, 1987: The Simpsons make their first-ever appearance on the The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • May 2nd, 1987: The song "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is released by Whitney Houston.
  • May 4th, 1987: Soccer: Everton win the First Division title after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
  • This date: May 8th, 1987
  • May 9th, 1987: 183 people are killed when LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kosciuszko crashes in Warsaw, Poland.
  • May 15th, 1987: The former bodyguard of Lady Diana, Barry Mannakee, is killed in a road accident.
  • May 16th, 1987: Coventry City win the FA Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 after Extra Time.
  • May 20th, 1987: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) is released.
  • May 27th, 1987: Football: Porto win the European Cup after defeating Bayern Munich 2-1.
  • June 2nd, 1987: Whitney Houston releases her album "Whitney".
  • June 3rd, 1987: Mob film The Untouchables (1987) is released.
  • June 5th, 1987: The movie Harry and the Hendersons (1987) is released in cinemas.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 8th, 1987, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1987 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8th, 1987 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would have been watching around this time.

  • 21 Jump Street - TV series starring Johnny Depp.
  • Married... with Children - Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
  • ALF - About an alien called ALF.
  • MacGyver - TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
  • 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.

1987 - Kid's TV

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

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Married... with Children
  • 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
  • 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

Video Games

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

  • Contra - A run and gun action game that was developed by Konami.
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - Sequel to the original Zelda game.
  • 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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 8th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of May:

  • Victory in Europe Day (France)

Weather

Weather information for May 8th, 1987:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 18.1 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 49.1 degrees Fahrenheit. 9.5 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 12.22 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on May 8th, 1987?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1987?

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

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 8th, 1987 was probably conceived around the 29th of July, 1986. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 8th, 1987 is the 15th of February, 1988. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about May 8th, 1987.

  • 12,404 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,071,705,600 seconds have passed since the May 8th, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,250,323,200 times.
  • Since May 8th, 1987, earth has travelled approximately 553,000,089,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 178,617,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 92,166,682 steps. That's about 40,963 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,860,467 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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