1987 in history

1987 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1987, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1987.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1987 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1987 in Britain too.

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1987

  • The Chuckle Brothers graced our screens for the first time in ChuckleVision. It ran for 21 series - good for audio

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was launched as a cartoon - good for audio

  • Full House, Going Live!, Going for Gold, 21 Jump Street and Inspector Morse were new on TV. Alf was first shown in the UK and Ireland, and Through The Keyhole launched as a spin-off.

  • 3 Men And a Baby, Robocop, Dirty Dancing, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Married with Children, Lethal Weapon, Fatal Attraction and Beverly Hills Cop II were released.

  • The first The Simpsons cartoon short was shown on The Tracey Ullman Show.

  • The first British IKEA opened in Warrington.

  • A General Election was won by Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives, beating Neil Kinnock's Labour albeit with a reduced majority.

  • Disposable contact lenses were invented.

  • It was the Great Storm: hurricane-force winds battered much of south-east England, killing 23 people and causing extensive damage to property. Weatherman Michael Fish was famously miss-quoted as saying "don't worry".

  • Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Bike shorts started to become fashionable.

  • Black Monday saw the stock market plunge.

1987 in Ireland

  • The Irish National Lottery was launched.

  • RTÉ introduced its Aertel teletext service.

  • Roddy Doyle published his first novel, The Commitments.

  • Charles Haughey replaced Garret FitzGerald as an Taoiseach.

  • Car number plates were changed to show the county.


While these facts about 1987 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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Tedious about the author bit

Radio producer and travel historian. I write about travel patterns, urban development, heavy machinery and lists.

I love the places people pass through along their journey, and societies that have been shaped by our need to get around.

Producer experienced with entertainment and talk shows with an attitude described as "amusingly surly".

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