September 11, 1987

September 11, 1987, was a Friday. It was 36 years, 9 months, and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on September 11, 1987?

  • "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel wins Video of the Year at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • The horror movie Hellraiser (1987) is released.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 11, 1987:

  • United States: "La Bamba" by Los Lobos
  • United Kingdom: "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 11, 1987

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

  • La Bamba - Los Lobos
  • I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson With Siedah Garrett
  • Who's That Girl - Madonna
  • Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson
  • Didn't We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
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Top movie at the box office

The movie "Stakeout" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date occurred 13,436 days ago. Approximately 448 months have passed. It was the 254th day of 1987, in week 37. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on September 11, 1987, are now 36 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 149 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to September 11, 1987

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The date is September 11, 1987, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. In the United States, Labor Day of 1987 has recently come and passed. To many, this means that the summer is officially over. In America, the song "La Bamba" by Los Lobos is at the top of the singles charts, while "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Stakeout is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Knots Landing", "Cheers", "Kate & Allie", and "Married... with Children".

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 James Baldwin, Heather O'Rourke, Andy Gibb, and Judith Barsi would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Tetris", "Boulder Dash", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", and "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Smurfs", "Muppet Babies", and "The Flintstone Kids". Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, My Little Pony (figures), Mr Frosty, and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 11, 1987.

  • Dirty Dancing is showing at movie theaters.

    Dirty Dancing is showing at movie theaters

    The romantic drama "Dirty Dancing" was playing in movie theaters in August and September of 1987. The film starred Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances "Baby" Houseman.
  • The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable.

    The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable

    A new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" became fashionable in the late 1980s.
  • 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around September 11, 1987.

  • August 13, 1987: Rap group N.W.A. release their debut single "Panic Zone".
  • August 14, 1987:
    • The Monster Squad (1987) is released.
    • No Way Out (1987), starring Kevin Costner, is released in movie theaters.
    • Joan Rivers' husband Edgar Rosenberg commits suicide at the age of 61.
  • August 15, 1987:
    • Soccer: Peter Beardsley and John Barnes make their debut for Liverpool.
    • The video game "Metroid" is released for the NES in North America.
  • August 16, 1987: 156 people are killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
  • August 17, 1987: Prominent Nazi politican Rudolf Hess commits suicide at the age of 93.
  • August 19, 1987: Hungerford massacre: 27-year-old Michael Ryan murders 16 people in a mass shooting in Hungerford, Berkshire.
  • August 21, 1987: The movie Dirty Dancing (1987) is released.
  • August 27, 1987: Hip-Hop DJ Scott La Rock is shot dead at the age of 25.
  • August 29, 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.
    • Actor Lee Marvin dies from a heart attack at the age of 63.
  • August 31, 1987: Michael Jackson releases the album "Bad".
  • September 7, 1987: The first episode of the tabloid talk show "Geraldo" is aired on TV.
  • September 9, 1987: 25 Liverpool fans are extradited to Belgium to stand trial on charges relating to the Heysel stadium disaster.
  • This date: September 11, 1987
  • September 15, 1987: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders Steven Walter Tuomi at the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee.
  • September 18, 1987:
    • Fatal Attraction (1987) is released.
    • The first episode of the animated series "DuckTales" airs on TV.
  • September 22, 1987:
    • The first episode of "Full House" is aired on television.
    • Irish puppet duo Zig and Zag make their debut on RTÉ's "Dempsey's Den".
  • September 23, 1987: Soccer: Barcelona sack manager Terry Venables.
  • September 25, 1987: The Princess Bride (1987) is released in cinemas.
  • September 27, 1987: Golf: Europe wins the 1987 Ryder Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
  • September 28, 1987: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" begins airing on television.
  • October 11, 1987: A major search for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland is called off.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 11, 1987, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 11, 1987 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on September 11, 1987

TV audiences were watching the following shows on September 11, 1987:

TV shows from September 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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in September 1987

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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
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

Toys in 1987

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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 September 1987.

Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
Metroid 1987
Punch-Out!! 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.

Were you born on September 11, 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 September 11, 1993, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 11.

Tom Landry

Tom Landry

NFL coach Deceased
Born on September 11, 1924
He turned 63 on this day in 1987.



Born on September 11, 1965
He turned 22 on this day in 1987.



Born on September 11, 1977
He turned 10 on this day in 1987.



National holidays and famous events that fall on September 11:


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on September 11, 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 September 11, 1987 was most likely conceived around December 19, 1986.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 11, 1987 is close to June 3, 1988.

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Stats for September 11, 1987


Here are some interesting statistics about September 11, 1987:

  • 13,436 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,919 weeks have passed.
  • 1,160,870,400 seconds have passed since September 11, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,354,348,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 599,009,126,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 193,478,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 99,834,854 steps. That's roughly 44,371 miles.
  • 13,930,445 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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