1987 - What Shaped Us

We progressed through high school right in the middle of the 1980s. President Reagan was in his second term, but things weren’t going completely smoothly. In 1987, we became more and more familiar with something that came to be known as the Iran-Contra Affair. This wasn’t the only major news event of our high school years, however. We had watched in shock as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded moments after launching. That same year had also brought the Chernobyl disaster and the identification of Mad Cow Disease. Advances in science led to the first use of DNA evidence in convicting a criminal. And in our graduation year, President Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall (although this event wouldn’t happen right away). We witnessed the arrival of the first Macintosh personal computer, the launch of Windows 1.0, and the FDA’s approval of the anti-AIDS drug AZT. On the music and entertainment front, Live Aid had dominated MTV’s airwaves in the summer of 1985, and Aretha Franklin became the first female to join the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in 1987. And a now-famous TV family made an inconspicuous debut in the spring of our graduation year: The Simpsons first appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show.

Popular Grad Names for 1987

Boys:

Scott
Joseph
Eric
Jason
Tim

Girls:

Michelle
Melissa
Julie
Amy
Sandra

Boys:

Scott
Joseph
Eric
Jason
Tim

Girls:

Michelle
Melissa
Julie
Amy
Sandra

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Platoon

Oscar for Best Actor:

Paul Newman

Oscar for Best Actress:

Marlee Matlin

Top-rated TV shows:

The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Cheers

Oscar for Best Picture:

Platoon

Oscar for Best Actor:

Paul Newman

Oscar for Best Actress:

Marlee Matlin

Top-rated TV shows:

The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Cheers

Cost of Living Stats for 1987

Average new house:

$92,000

Average annual income:

$24,350

Gallon of gas:

89 cents

Average new house:

$92,000

Average annual income:

$24,350

Gallon of gas:

89 cents

Celebrities Born in 1987

 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1987

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Graceland
(Paul Simon)

Song of the Year:

"That’s What Friends Are For"
(Dionne Warwick & Friends)

Album of the Year:

Graceland
(Paul Simon)

Song of the Year:

"That’s What Friends Are For"
(Dionne Warwick & Friends)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Walk Like an Egyptian"
(The Bangles)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Slippery When Wet
(Bon Jovi)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Stop to Love"
(Luther Vandross)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Just Like the First Time
(Freddie Jackson)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Walk Like an Egyptian"
(The Bangles)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Slippery When Wet
(Bon Jovi)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Stop to Love"
(Luther Vandross)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Just Like the First Time
(Freddie Jackson)

1987 Super Bowl

New York Giants

39

Denver Broncos

20

New York Giants

39

Denver Broncos

20

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