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December 4th, 1987.

December 4th, 1987, was a Friday. It was day 338 of 1987. The decade was the 1980s.

34 years, 5 months and 16 days have passed since December 4th, 1987.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on December 4th, 1987?

  • Pop star Madonna files for divorce from actor Sean Penn after two years of marriage.
Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 4th, 1987.

  • United States: Heaven Is A Place On My Earth - Belinda Carlisle
  • United Kingdom: China In Your Hand - T'Pau

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 4th, 1987.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
  • Mony Mony - Billy Idol
  • Should've Known Better - Richard Marx
  • Faith - George Michael
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Three Men and a Baby

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Three Men and a Baby" was at the top of the box office on December 4th, 1987.

Take me back to December 4th, 1987!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 4th, 1987 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1987 has began. In America, the song Heaven Is A Place On My Earth by Belinda Carlisle is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, China In Your Hand by T'Pau is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Three Men and a Baby 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 Heather O'Rourke, Andy Gibb, Judith Barsi and Roy Orbison would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Facts of Life", "Cagney & Lacey", "The Cosby Show" and "Married... with Children".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Metroid" and "Street Fighter". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest", "ALF", "Married... with Children" and "Fireman Sam". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Cabbage Patch Kids, Pound Puppies, Laser Tag and Popples.

News

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 December 4th, 1987.

  • Madonna files for divorce.

    Madonna files for divorce.

    On December 4th, 1987, pop star Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn after two years of marriage.

  • "It must have been love... But it's over now"

    "It must have been love... But it's over now"

    In December of 1987, Swedish pop duo Roxette released the song "It Must Have Been Love". However, it didn't become a massive hit until 1990, when the ballad was used in the soundtrack for the film Pretty Woman.

  • 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.

  • 34 years, 5 months and 16 days have passed since December 4th, 1987.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 49 of 1987.
  • Leap Year: 1987 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 4th, 1987, will be 34 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1987 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 565574400.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 4th, 1987.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 4th, 1987, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 4th, 1987 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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 on this date.

TV shows from December, 1987.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.

Full House
Full House
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.

My Two Dads
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.

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.

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.

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 December 4th, 1987.

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

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Full House
Full House

Beverly Hills Teens
Beverly Hills Teens

DuckTales
DuckTales

BraveStarr
BraveStarr

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

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.

Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball

Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)

Jenga
Jenga

Micro Machines
Micro Machines

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

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
A platform game that was developed by Capcom.

Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Graphic adventure game.

Platoon 1987
Platoon
Action game that was based on the film of the same name.

Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Released for the NES.

Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
The first game in the Street Fighter series.

Metroid 1987
Metroid
Action-adventure game that was released for the NES.

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 check out December 4th, 1993 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Jeff Bridges

Actor.
Born on December 4th, 1949
He turned 38 on this day in 1987.

Jay-Z

Rapper.
Born on December 4th, 1969
He turned 18 on this day in 1987.

Tyra Banks

Model.
Born on December 4th, 1973
She turned 14 on this day in 1987.

Jin

BTS member.
Born on December 4th, 1992
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Millie Court

Love Island contestant.
Born on December 4th, 1996
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Weather details

Weather on December 4th, 1987.

Historical weather information for December 4th, 1987.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 7.4 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 32.3 degrees Fahrenheit. 0.17 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 6.6cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 5 degrees Celsius.
USA

US President.

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

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 4th, 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 December 4th, 1987 was most likely conceived around March 13th, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 4th, 1987 is close to August 26th, 1988.

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Stats for December 4th, 1987

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 4th, 1987.

  • A total of 12,587 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,798 weeks have passed.
  • 1,087,513,200 seconds have passed since the December 4th, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,268,765,400 times.
  • Since December 4th, 1987, the earth has travelled approximately 561,156,811,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 181,252,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 93,526,135 steps. That's about 41,567 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,050,158 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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