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May 20th, 1987.

May 20th, 1987, was a Wednesday. It was day 140 of 1987. The decade was the 1980s.

33 years, 11 months and 30 days have passed since May 20th, 1987.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 20th, 1987?

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) is released.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1987.

  • United States: With Or Without You - U2
  • United Kingdom: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Ishtar" was at the top of the box office on May 20th, 1987.

Take me back to May 20th, 1987!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 20th, 1987 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1987 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song With Or Without You by U2 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 Ishtar 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 "Magnum, P.I.", "Family Ties", "'Allo 'Allo!" and "Punky Brewster". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Mario Bros.", "Boulder Dash", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" and "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "The Transformers", "The Care Bears" and "Married... with Children".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Water Ring Toss, Speak & Spell and the Commodore 64.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 20th, 1987.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • 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 as the 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.

  • 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 the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 33 years, 11 months and 30 days have passed since May 20th, 1987.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 of 1987.
  • Leap Year: 1987 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 20th, 1987, will be 33 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1987 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 548463600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 20th, 1987.

  • 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.
  • May 8th, 1987: 8 IRA volunteers and a civilian are killed in an SAS ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 20th, 1987
  • 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.
  • June 10th, 1987: Poltergeist III (1988) is released.
  • June 11th, 1987: UK politics: Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher secures a third term after defeating the Labour Party in the 1987 United Kingdom general election.
  • June 12th, 1987: The film Predator (1987) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 14th, 1987: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1987 NBA Finals after they defeat the Boston Celtics 4-2.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 20th, 1987, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 20th, 1987 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • 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 - Sitcom 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 20th, 1987.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1987.

Toys and games that were 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)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

1987 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

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Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 20th of May.

  • May 20th, 1946: Cher (Singer) turned 41 on this day in 1987.
  • May 20th, 1972: Busta Rhymes (Rapper) turned 15 on this day in 1987.
  • May 20th, 1981: Iker Casillas (Spanish soccer player) turned 6 on this day in 1987.
  • May 20th, 1982: Petr Cech (Czech soccer player) turned 5 on this day in 1987.

Weather on May 20th, 1987.

Historical weather information for May 20th, 1987.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 16.1 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 59.1 degrees Fahrenheit. 15.06 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 9.94 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 20th, 1987.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1987.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 20th, 1987.

  • A total of 12,418 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,774 weeks have passed.
  • 1,072,915,200 seconds have passed since the May 20th, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,251,734,400 times.
  • Since May 20th, 1987, the earth has travelled approximately 553,624,243,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 178,819,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 92,270,707 steps. That's about 41,009 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,874,982 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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