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December 24, 1987 Christmas Eve

December 24, 1987, was a Thursday. It was 35 years, 11 months, and 4 days ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Capricorn.

Song charts

Popular songs

On December 24, 1987, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Faith" by George Michael
  • United Kingdom: "Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 24, 1987

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Faith - George Michael
  • Is This Love - Whitesnake
  • So Emotional - Whitney Houston
  • Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
  • Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
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Eddie Murphy Raw

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Eddie Murphy Raw".

Facts

Christmas Eve 1987 was 13,123 days ago. Approximately 437 months have passed. It was the 358th day of 1987, in week 52. The decade was the eighties. The start of 1988 was just 7 days away. People born on this day are currently 35 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 146 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to December 24, 1987

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, December 24, 1987. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's Christmas Eve of 1987. The big day is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are filed with people trying to do some last-minute shopping.

In America, the song "Faith" by George Michael is at the top of the singles charts, while "Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Eddie Murphy Raw 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 "'Allo 'Allo!", "Punky Brewster", "Murder, She Wrote", and "MacGyver". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Mario Bros.", "Duck Hunt", "Boulder Dash", and "Final Fantasy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Adventures of the Gummi Bears", "The Care Bears", "Jem and the Holograms", and "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest".

Popular toys at the moment include Operation, My Little Pony (figures), Laser Tag, and Micro Machines.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 24, 1987.

  • Christmas Eve 1987.

    Christmas Eve 1987

    Christmas Day of 1987 was just one day away. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were buying last-minute presents for their loved ones, and stores were packed with shoppers. By this stage, many people had arrived home for the holiday season.
  • 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

    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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 24, 1987.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to December 24, 1987.

  • 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.
  • December 4, 1987: Pop star Madonna files for divorce from actor Sean Penn after two years of marriage.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 24, 1987
  • December 29, 1987: Kylie Minogue releases the single "I Should Be So Lucky".
  • January 5, 1988: Former NBA player Pete Maravich dies from an undetected heart defect at the age of 40.
  • January 10, 1988: NFL legend Walter Payton plays his final game.
  • January 16, 1988: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders 14-year-old James Edward Doxtator.
  • January 17, 1988: The first episode of Australian soap opera Home and Away is aired.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24, 1987, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 24, 1987 falls under the Goose.
  • 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

In December 1987, TV audiences were watching the following series:

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
Matlock
Matlock
MacGyver
MacGyver
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Moonlighting
Moonlighting
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
Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Cheers
Cheers
Family Ties
Family Ties
Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life

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 24, 1987

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Full House
Full House

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
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

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The 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 December 1987.

Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Platoon
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
Metroid 1987
Metroid
Punch-Out!! 1987
Punch-Out!!
Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Contra 1987
Contra
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Boulder Dash 1985
Boulder Dash
Tetris 1984
Tetris
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Mario Bros. 1983
Mario Bros.
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

1987 - TV stations, commercials and shows

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

Were you born on December 24, 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 24, 1993, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 24.

King John

King John

King of England Deceased
Born on December 24, 1167
He was not alive on this date.

Dean Corll

Dean Corll

Serial killer Deceased
Born on December 24, 1939
He was not alive on this date.

Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci

Physician-scientist and immunologist
Born on December 24, 1940
He turned 47 on this day in 1987.

Lemmy

Lemmy

English singer Deceased
Born on December 24, 1945
He turned 42 on this day in 1987.

Clarence Gilyard

Clarence Gilyard

Actor Deceased
Born on December 24, 1955
He turned 32 on this day in 1987.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

American fashion designer Deceased
Born on December 24, 1962
She turned 25 on this day in 1987.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

Singer
Born on December 24, 1971
He turned 16 on this day in 1987.

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

Media personality
Born on December 24, 1974
He turned 13 on this day in 1987.

Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson

Singer
Born on December 24, 1991
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on December 24:

  • Christmas Eve
USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 24, 1987.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 24, 1987 was most likely conceived around April 2, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24, 1987 is close to September 15, 1988.

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Stats for December 24, 1987

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about December 24, 1987:

  • 13,123 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,874 weeks have passed.
  • 1,133,827,200 seconds have passed since December 24, 1987.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,322,798,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 585,054,835,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 188,971,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 97,509,139 steps. That's roughly 43,337 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,605,926 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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