Day 17: Hop on the internet and search for the biggest news stories in the year you were born.Infoplease is a great resource for this. Think about how these news stories, or even statistics, may have shaped your childhood or who you are today. For example, the year I was born, it was discovered that 98% of American households had at least one television set. I could write about how television influenced my generation, and continues to do so today, either positively or negatively.
OK so for 1987, I got:
- William Buckley, American hostage in Lebanon, reported slain (Jan. 20).
- Iraqi missiles kill 37 in attack on US frigate Stark in Persian Gulf (May 17); Iraqi president Hussein apologizes (May 18).
- Prime Minister Thatcher wins rare third term in Britain (June 11).
- Klaus Barbie, 73, Gestapo wartime chief in Lyon, sentenced to life by French court for war crimes (July 4).
- US Supreme Court rules Rotary Clubs must admit women (May 4).
- US Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., retires (June 26).
- Oliver North, Jr., tells Congressional inquiry higher officials approved his secret Iran-Contra operations (July 7–10).
- Admiral John M. Poindexter, former National Security Adviser, testifies he authorized use of Iran arms sale profits to aid Contras (July 15–22).
- George P. Shultz testifies he was deceived repeatedly on Iran-Contra affair (July 23–24).
- Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger tells inquiry of official deception and intrigue (July 31, Aug. 3).
- Reagan says Iran arms-Contra policy went astray and accepts responsibility (Aug. 12).
- Senate, 58-42, rejects Robert H. Bork as US Supreme Court Justice (Oct. 23).
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $4,692.30 billion
- Federal spending: $1003.91 billion
- Federal debt: $2346.1 billion
- Median Household Income
- (current dollars): $26,061
- Consumer Price Index: 113.6
- Unemployment: 6.2%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22
- Super Bowl: NY Giants d. Denver (39-20)
- World Series: Minnesota d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
- NBA Championship: LA Lakers d. Boston (4-2)
- Stanley Cup: Edmonton d. Philadelphia (4-3)
- Wimbledon: Women: Martina Navratilova d. S. Graf (7-5 6-3); Men: Pat Cash d. I. Lendl (7-6 6-2 7-5)
- Kentucky Derby Champion: Alysheba
- NCAA Basketball Championship: Indiana d. Syracuse (74-73)
- NCAA Football Champions: Miami-FL (12-0-0)
- Though African, Latin American and other genres of international music have been around for centuries, a group of small, London-based labels coin the term “world music,” which helps record sellers find rack space for the eclectic music.
- thirtysomething debuts on ABC and departs from typical dramas, featuring analytical, self-absorbed baby-boomer characters.
- Moonstruck, Wall Street, The Last Emperor, Fatal Attraction
- Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
- Toni Morrison, Beloved
- Prozac released for use in US by Eli Lilly & Company. Background: Health & Nutrition
- AZT wins FDA approval for use in the treatment of AIDS.
- An international treaty signed in Montreal calls for a 50% reduction in the use of CFCs by the year 2000 (Sept. 16). Background: environmentalism
- Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand make the first transatlantic hot-air balloon flight. 2,790 miles from Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine, to Ireland Virgin Atlantic Flyer (July 2–4). Background: Famous Firsts in Aviation