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August 5th, 1987.

August 5th, 1987, was a Wednesday. It was day 217 of 1987. The decade was the Eighties.

35 years and 12 days have passed since August 5th, 1987.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on August 5th, 1987?

  • Two motorists are killed in Northern Ireland when actor Matthew Broderick crosses into the wrong lane and causes a head-on collision.
Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 5th, 1987.

  • United States: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
  • United Kingdom: La Bamba - Los Lobos

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 5th, 1987.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Shakedown (From "Beverly Hills Cop II") - Bob Seger
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
  • Alone - Heart
  • I Want Your Sex (From "Beverly Hills Cop II") - George Michael
  • Rhythm Is Gonna Get You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
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Robocop

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Robocop" was at the top of the Box Office on August 5th, 1987.

Take me back to August 5th, 1987!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 5th, 1987, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, La Bamba by Los Lobos is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Robocop 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Lee Marvin, James Baldwin, Heather O'Rourke and Andy Gibb would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "Kate & Allie", "Married... with Children" and "21 Jump Street". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Mario Bros.", "Boulder Dash" and "Double Dragon".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "She-Ra: Princess of Power", "The Care Bears" and "Pingu". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony (figures) and the Nintendo Entertainment System.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 5th, 1987.

  • The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable.

    The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable.

    In the late 1980s, a new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" started to become fashionable.

  • 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.

  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds.

    In the late 1980s, waterbeds reached their height in popularity. 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. 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 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 September, 1980 and August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 35 years and 12 days have passed since August 5th, 1987.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 of 1987.
  • Leap Year: 1987 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 5th, 1987 will be 35 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1987 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 555116400.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 5th, 1987.

  • July 11th, 1987: David Bowie headlines at Slane.
  • July 13th, 1987: Australian singer Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion".
  • July 17th, 1987: RoboCop (1987) is released in movie theaters.
  • July 17th, 1987: 10 teenagers lose their lives after the Guadalupe River bursts its banks in Comfort, Texas.
  • July 18th, 1987: The best-selling soundtrack album "Dirty Dancing" is released.
  • July 21st, 1987: Guns N' Roses release their album "Appetite for Destruction", which contains the single "Welcome to the Jungle".
  • July 22nd, 1987: Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali is critically wounded after being shot in the face on Ives Street in London.
  • July 28th, 1987: Rap group Public Enemy release their song "Rebel Without a Pause".
  • July 29th, 1987: Britain and France agree to build the Channel Tunnel.
  • July 30th, 1987: Soccer: Brian McClair joins Manchester United.
  • August 1st, 1987: Boxing: Mike Tyson defeats Tony Tucker at the Las Vegas Hilton in Paradise, Nevada.
  • August 3rd, 1987: Def Leppard release their album "Hysteria".
  • This date: August 5th, 1987
  • August 7th, 1987: Masters of the Universe (1987) is released.
  • August 13th, 1987: Rap group N.W.A. release their debut single "Panic Zone".
  • August 14th, 1987: The Monster Squad (1987) is released.
  • August 14th, 1987: No Way Out (1987), starring Kevin Costner, is released in movie theaters.
  • August 14th, 1987: Joan Rivers' husband Edgar Rosenberg commits suicide at the age of 61.
  • August 15th, 1987: Soccer: Peter Beardsley and John Barnes make their debut for Liverpool.
  • August 15th, 1987: The video game "Metroid" is released for the NES in North America.
  • August 16th, 1987: 156 people are killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
  • August 17th, 1987: Prominent Nazi politican Rudolf Hess commits suicide at the age of 93.
  • August 19th, 1987: Hungerford massacre: 27-year-old Michael Ryan murders 16 people in a mass shooting in Hungerford, Berkshire.
  • August 21st, 1987: The movie Dirty Dancing (1987) is released.
  • August 29th, 1987: Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali passes away one month after he was shot in the face by an unknown assassin on Ives Street in London.
  • August 29th, 1987: Actor Lee Marvin dies from a heart attack at the age of 63.
  • August 31st, 1987: Michael Jackson releases the album "Bad".
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 5th, 1987, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1987 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 5th, 1987 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

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Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1987.

TV shows from August, 1987.

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.

Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Matlock
Matlock
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

The Transformers
The Transformers
Animated series about an ongoing war between shape-shifting robots.

Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

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 August 5th, 1987.

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

Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street

Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace

ALF
ALF

The New Adventures of Jonny Quest
The New Adventures of Jonny Quest

Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies

Popples
Popples

The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters

SilverHawks
SilverHawks

The Flintstone Kids
The Flintstone Kids

Pingu
Pingu

Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms

Growing Pains
Growing Pains

The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears

She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra: Princess of Power

ThunderCats
ThunderCats

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

The Transformers
The Transformers

Snorks
Snorks

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1987.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1987.

Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)

Popples
Popples

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

Transformers
Transformers

Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies

Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)

The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64

Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1987.

Punch-Out!! 1987
Punch-Out!!
"Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" was a boxing game that was published for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Beat-em up game.

Contra 1987
Contra
A run and gun action game that was developed by Konami.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Sequel to the original Zelda game.

Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Arcade game developed by Data East.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Arcade game developed by Nintendo.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

1987 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

A nostalgic video that emulates what television was like back in 1987.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 5th, 1993 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 5th.

Neil Armstrong

American astronaut. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1930
He turned 57 on this day in 1987.

Louis Walsh

X Factor judge / Talent manager.
Born on August 5th, 1952
He turned 35 on this day in 1987.

MCA

Beastie Boys member. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1964
He turned 23 on this day in 1987.

Colin McRae

Scottish rally driver. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1968
He turned 19 on this day in 1987.

Weather details

Weather on August 5th, 1987.

Historical weather information for August 5th, 1987.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 15.7 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 67.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 19.56 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 14.61 degrees Celsius.
USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 5th, 1987.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 5th, 1987.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 5th, 1987 was most likely conceived around November 12th, 1986.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 5th, 1987 is close to April 27th, 1988.

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Stats for August 5th, 1987

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 5th, 1987.

  • A total of 12,796 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,828 weeks have passed.
  • 1,105,574,400 seconds have passed since the August 5th, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,289,836,800 times.
  • Since August 5th, 1987, the Earth has travelled approximately 570,476,390,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 184,262,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 95,079,398 steps. That's about 42,258 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,266,893 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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