December 4, 1987

December 4, 1987, was a Friday. It was 36 years, 5 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on December 4, 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 charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 4, 1987:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 4, 1987

These were the top five songs on 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 4, 1987.


This date was 13,326 days ago. Approximately 444 months have passed. It was the 338th day of 1987, in week 49. The decade was the eighties. There were only 27 days left in the year. People born on this day are currently 36 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 148 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to December 4, 1987

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, December 4, 1987. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1987 has begun. In America, the song "Heaven Is A Place On My Earth" by Belinda Carlisle is at the top of the singles charts, while "China In Your Hand" by T'Pau is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Three Men and a Baby is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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 Heather O'Rourke, Andy Gibb, Judith Barsi, and Anne Ramsey would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Knots Landing", "Cagney & Lacey", and "Kate & Allie". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link", "Top Gun", "Maniac Mansion ", and "Mega Man".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Thomas the Tank Engine", "ThunderCats", "DuckTales", and "Full House". Popular toys at the moment include the Commodore 64, Pogo ball / Lolo ball, Jenga, and Koosh Ball.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 4, 1987.

  • Christmas 1987 has begun.

    Christmas 1987 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 1987 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • 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

    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?

Notable events that happened close to December 4, 1987.

  • November 6, 1987: Reggie Miller plays his first game in the NBA.
  • November 7, 1987: Scottie Pippen makes his NBA debut for the Chicago Bulls.
  • November 8, 1987: 12 people are killed by a Provisional IRA bomb at a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
  • November 13, 1987: The Running Man (1987) is released in cinemas.
  • November 15, 1987: Workers in Brasov, Romania, rebel against Nicolae Ceausescu's communist regime.
  • November 18, 1987: 31 people die after a fire breaks out at the King's Cross tube station in London.
  • November 21, 1987: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are married.
  • November 25, 1987: 3 Men and a Baby (1987) is released in movie theaters.
  • November 28, 1987:
    • Mexican singer Victor Yturbe is shot and killed outside of his home in Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico.
    • 159 people are killed when South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean.
  • November 29, 1987:
    • Beaumont Hospital opens in Dublin.
    • 115 people are killed when Korean Air Flight 858 is blown up by North Korean agents.
  • December 1, 1987: American novelist James Baldwin passes away.
  • December 2, 1987: The song "It Must Have Been Love" is released by Roxette.
  • This date: December 4, 1987
  • December 8, 1987: US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announce that will be reducing the size of their nuclear arsenals.
  • December 9, 1987: Palestine: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • December 11, 1987: The American drama film "Wall Street" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 16, 1987:
    • Soccer: Steve Bruce signs for Manchester United.
    • Pop star Madonna reverses her decision to divorce actor Sean Penn by withdrawing her divorce papers.
  • December 18, 1987: Final Fantasy is released on the NES.
  • December 20, 1987: 4,000 people are killed when the ferry "Doña Paz" sinks in the Philippines.
  • December 23, 1987: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) is released.
  • December 29, 1987: Kylie Minogue releases the single "I Should Be So Lucky".
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 4, 1987, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • 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 4, 1987 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1987

Television shows that people were watching in December 1987:

TV shows from December 1987.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
My Two Dads
My Two Dads
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

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 4, 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

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

Popular toys and games in 1987

Toys and games that were popular in 1987:

Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
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)
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 1987.

Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
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

Were you born on December 4, 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 December 4, 1993, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

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

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein

Born on December 4, 1964
He turned 23 on this day in 1987.



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

Fat Pat

Fat Pat

Rapper Deceased
Born on December 4, 1970
He turned 17 on this day in 1987.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

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



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

Millie Court

Millie Court

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


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 4, 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 December 4, 1987 was most likely conceived around March 13, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 4, 1987 is close to August 26, 1988.

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Stats for December 4, 1987


Here are some interesting statistics about December 4, 1987:

  • 13,326 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,903 weeks have passed.
  • 1,151,362,800 seconds have passed since December 4, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,343,256,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 594,103,204,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 191,893,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 99,017,201 steps. That's roughly 44,008 miles.
  • 13,816,354 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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