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Rick Houghton

A Look Back at 1987

Warrington see the opening of the first Ikea store. Terry Waite disappears in Beirut whilst negotiating the release of hostages. After just 3 months in the marines, Prince Edwards leaves. We see the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise and the worst fire in the history of the London Underground killed 31 people at King’s Cross..

Meanwhile weather forecasters failed to predict the worst night of storms for over 280 years.  It was the 50th anniversary of 999 calls in the UK. and construction of the Channel Tunnel began.



The first House Music track got to number one in this year with Steve 'Silk' Hurley's 'Jack Your Body' reaching the top in January but it wasn't until September for the next one when MARRS 'Pump up the Volume' hit the top. Stock, Aitkin and Waterman's popularity continued to grow with Bananarama, Sinitta and Rick Astley all appearing in the charts. Joss Stone and Paolo Nutini were both born in 1987.


Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenburg all had a baby when Three Men and a Baby became the biggest movie of the year closely followed by Fatal Attraction and Good Morning, Vietnam. Sandra Bullock, Courtney cox and Brad Pitt all made their movie debuts.



Hilda leave Corrie with a Christmas Day special attracting over 26 million viewers and hitting the screens for the first time this year were French and Saunders, LA Law, The New Statesman, Strike It Lucky, Inspector Morse, A.L.F, Going Live with Philip Schofield and Sarah Greene plus Trevor and Simon.




Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Joss Stone, Amy McDonald, footballers Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Joe Hart and Cesc Fabregas, tennis players Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, and F1 driver Sebastian Vettel.