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How many years ago was 1987?

1987 was 37 years ago.

37 years have passed between March 1st, 1987, and March 1st, 2024. It was 13,515 days ago.

How long ago was 1987?

To put into perspective how long ago 1987 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1987 are now 50–56 years old.
  • Three decades have passed since then.
  • Although the Internet existed in 1987, most people didn't even know what it was.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Cellphones were very uncommon.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • The Soviet Union still existed.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 55 inches since 1987.
  • There have been roughly 1,924 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Dr. Dre, R. Kelly, and Bruce Willis were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott, "At This Moment" by Billy Vera, "Open Your Heart" by Madonna, "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Jacob's Ladder" by Huey Lewis & the News, and "Lean On Me" by Club Nouveau.
  • Films such as "The Golden Child", "Critical Condition", "Platoon", "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors", "Lethal Weapon", and "Blind Date" were playing at movie theaters in 1987.
  • The Game Boy wasn't released yet.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 167 billion miles through space since 1987.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • There was no such thing as "texting."
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • Video games such as "Contra", "Punch-Out!!", "Mega Man", "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link", "Final Fantasy", and "Street Fighter" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 93 centimeters since 1987.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 74–111 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 148 seasons of weather.
  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "21 Jump Street", "Married... with Children", "Full House", and "My Two Dads" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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