1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (dominical letter D) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1987th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 987th year of the 2nd millennium, the 87th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1980s decade.
January 1 – Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, changes its name to Iqaluit.
January 2 – Chadian–Libyan conflict – Battle of Fada: The Chadian army destroys a Libyan armoured brigade.
January 3 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 4 – 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to Boston collides with Conrail engines at Chase, Maryland, killing 16.
January 5 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan undergoes prostate surgery, causing speculation about his physical fitness to continue in office.
January 8 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes for the first time above 2,000, gaining 8.30 to close at 2,002.25.
January 13 – New York mafiosi Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno and Carmine Peruccia are sentenced to 100 years in prison for racketeering.
January 15 – Hu Yaobang, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, is forced into retirement by political conservatives.
January 16 – León Febres Cordero, president of Ecuador, is kidnapped by followers of imprisoned general Frank Vargas, who successfully demand the latter's release.
January 20 – Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, is kidnapped in Beirut (released November 1991).
January 22 – Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself with a revolver during a televised press conference after being found guilty on charges of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.
January 29 – William J. Casey ends his term as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
January 31 – The last Ohrbach's department store closes in New York City after 64 years of operation.
British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The new Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect. This new constitution adds Spanish and Arabic as optional languages of the Philippines.
February 20 – A second Unabomber bomb explodes at a Salt Lake City computer store, injuring the owner.
February 23 – SN 1987A, the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604, is observed.
Beginning of the Phosphorite War protest movement in Estonian SSR.
St. Kitts and Nevis recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
February 26 – Iran–Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his National Security Council staff.
February 27 – Antigua and Barbuda recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
March 2 – American Motors is acquired by the Chrysler Corporation.
March 4 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses the American people on the Iran–Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had 'deteriorated' into an arms-for-hostages deal.
March 6 – Zeebrugge disaster: Roll-on/roll-off cross-channel ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes off Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium; 193 people die.
March 7 – 1987 Lieyu massacre: Republic of China Army execute 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees on Donggang beach, Lieyu, Kinmen off Mainland China.
March 9 – The Irish rock band U2 releases their studio album The Joshua Tree.
March 18 – Woodstock of physics: The marathon session of the American Physical Society’s meeting features 51 presentations concerning the science of high-temperature superconductors.
March 20 – AZT is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
March 23 – The Bold & the Beautiful debuts on CBS.
March 24 – Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and French Prime Minister and future President of France, Jacques Chirac, sign the agreement to construct the 4,800 acres (19 km2) Euro Disney Resort (now called Disneyland Paris) and to develop the Val d'Europe area of the new town Marne-la-Vallée in Paris, France.
March 29 – The World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) produces WrestleMania III from the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The event is particularly notable for the record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America until February 14, 2010, when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game has an attendance of 108,713 at AT&T Stadium.
March 30 – The 59th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles, with Platoon winning Best Picture
March 31 – Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, conducts a 45-minute interview on Soviet television.
April 3 – Showboat Casino Hotel first opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
April 7 – Whitesnake release their seventh album, 1987.
April 13 – The governments of the Portuguese Republic and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau will be returned to China in 1999.
April 19 – The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
April 21 – In Colombo, Sri Lanka, The Central Bus Station Bombing kills 113 civilians.
April 27 – The United States Department of Justice declares incumbent Austrian president Kurt Waldheim an "undesirable alien".
April 30 – Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the Provincial Premiers agree on principle to the Meech Lake Accord which would bring Quebec into the constitution.
May 9 – A Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-62 airliner, operated by LOT Polish Airlines, crashes into a forest just outside Warsaw, killing all 183 people on board.
May 11 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
May 14 – Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka executes a bloodless coup in Fiji.
May 17 – USS Stark is hit by two Iraqi-owned Exocet AM39 air-to-surface missiles killing 47 sailors.
The Hashimpura massacre occurs in Meerut, India.
The first ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park, Auckland.
May 27 – In one of the densest concentrations of humanity in history, a crowd of 800,000+ packed shoulder-to-shoulder onto the Golden Gate Bridge and its approaches for its 50th Anniversary celebration.
May 28 – Eighteen-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet air defenses and lands a private plane on Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained (released on August 3, 1988).
June 3 – The Vanuatu Labour Party is founded.
June 8 – The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act is passed, the first of its kind in the world.
June 11 – The Conservative Party of the United Kingdom, led by Margaret Thatcher, is re-elected for a third term at the 1987 general election.
June 12 – During a visit to Berlin, Germany, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
June 15 – Rock musician Roger Waters releases his second solo album since splitting from his former band, Pink Floyd, entitled Radio K.A.O.S.
June 17 – With the death of the last individual, the dusky seaside sparrow becomes extinct.
Teddy Seymour is officially designated the first black man to sail around the world, when he completes his solo sailing circumnavigation in Frederiksted, St. Croix, of the United States Virgin Islands.
Edwards v. Aguillard: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that a Louisiana law requiring that creation science be taught in public schools whenever evolution is taught is unconstitutional.
June 27 – A commercial HS 748 (Philippine Airlines Flight 206) crashes near Baguio City, Philippines, killing 50.
Iraqi warplanes drop mustard-gas bombs on the Iranian town of Sardasht in two separate bombing rounds, on four residential areas. This is the first time a civilian town was targeted by chemical weapons.
An accidental explosion at the Hohenfels Training Area in West Germany kills 3 U.S. troops.
June 29 – South Korean president Roh Tae-woo makes a speech promising a wide program of nationwide reforms, the result of the June Democracy Movement.
June 30 – Canada introduces a one-dollar coin, nicknamed the "Loonie".
The Single European Act is passed by the European Community.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan nominates former Solicitor General Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. The nomination is later rejected by the Senate.
In the Soviet Union, Vladimir Nikolayev is sentenced to death for cannibalism.
Greater Manchester Police recover the body of 16-year-old Pauline Reade from Saddleworth Moor, after her killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley help them in their search, almost exactly 24 years since Pauline was last seen alive.
July 4 – A court in Lyon sentences former Gestapo boss Klaus Barbie to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity.
Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke's government is re-elected for a third term.
World population is estimated to have reached five billion people, according to the United Nations.
July 12 – Konami releases the video game Metal Gear in Japan for the MSX2.
July 16 – Death of Pierre Lardinois, Belgian politician (b. 1924)
July 17 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 2,500 mark for the first time, at 2,510.04.
July 22 – Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali is shot in London; he dies August 28.
The East Lancashire Railway, a heritage railway in the North West of England, is opened between Bury and Ramsbottom.
United States Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, Jr. dies in a rodeo accident at a California ranch.
Four hundred pilgrims killed in clashes between demonstrating Iranian pilgrims and Saudi Arabian security forces in Mecca.
Docklands Light Railway in London, the first driverless railway in Great Britain, is formally opened by Elizabeth II.
An F4-rated tornado devastates eastern Edmonton, Alberta; hardest hit are an industrial park and a trailer park. 27 people are killed and hundreds injured, with hundreds more left homeless and jobless.
The World Commission on Environment and Development, also known as the Brundtland Commission, publishes its report, Our Common Future.
The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to "fairly" present controversial issues.
August 7 – The Colombian frigate Caldas enters Venezuelan waters near the Los Monjes Archipelago, sparking the Caldas frigate crisis between both nations.
August 9 – Hoddle Street massacre in Australia: Julian Knight, 19, goes on a shooting rampage in the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, Victoria, killing 7 people and injuring 19 before surrendering to police.
August 14 – All the children held at Kai Lama, a rural property on Lake Eildon, Australia, run by the Santiniketan Park Association, are released after a police raid.
Northwest Airlines Flight 255 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-82) crashes on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan just west of Detroit killing all but one (4-year old Cecelia Cichan) of the 156 people on board.
The followers of the Harmonic Convergence claim it was observed around the world.
August 17 – Rudolf Hess is found dead in his cell in Spandau Prison. Hess, 93, is believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself with an electrical flex. He was the last remaining prisoner at the complex, which is soon demolished.
Hungerford massacre: Sixteen people die in the first British mass shooting carried out by Michael Ryan.
ABC News' chief Middle East correspondent Charles Glass escapes his Hezbollah kidnappers in Beirut, Lebanon, after 62 days in captivity.
The Order of the Garter is opened to women.
August 22 – North American release of The Legend of Zelda
August 23 – The Hirvepark meeting is organized as the first unsanctioned political meeting in Estonian SSR, in commemoration of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
August 31 – Michael Jackson releases his hit album Bad.
September 2 – In Moscow, the trial begins for 19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, who flew his Cessna airplane into Red Square in May.
September 3 – In a coup d'état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza is deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.
September 7 – Rock band Pink Floyd release their album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, their first since the departure of Roger Waters.
September 7 – 21 – The world's first conference on artificial life is held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
September 13 – Scavengers open an old radiation source abandoned in a hospital in Goiânia, causing the worst radiation accident ever in an urban area.
September 15 – Pope John Paul II arrives in Los Angeles for a two-day papal visit, his first one ever to the city, where he made an arrival day speech to local leaders of the U.S. entertainment industry.
September 17 – At a small rally in New York City's Harlem district, televangelist Pat Robertson announces his candidacy for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
September 17 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco for his first ever papal tour here, including a speech to several AIDS sufferers.
September 22 – The series Full House airs its first episode, "Our Very First Show".
September 28 – The second Star Trek TV series The Next Generation premieres in syndication.
October 3 – The Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement is reached but still requires ratification. This agreement would be a precursor to NAFTA.
October 7 – Sikh nationalists declares the independence of Khalistan from India.
October 11 – The first National Coming Out Day is held in celebration of the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
October 14–16 – The United States is caught up in a drama that unfolds on television as a young child named Jessica McClure falls down a well in Midland, Texas, and is later rescued.
October 15–16 – Great Storm of 1987: Hurricane-force winds hit much of southern England, killing 23 people.
Black Monday: Stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world.
US warships destroy two Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf.
Two commuter trains collide head-on on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia; 102 are killed.
October 22 – The pilot of a British Aerospace BAE Harrier GR5 registered ZD325 accidentally ejects from his aircraft. The jet continues to fly until it runs out of fuel and crashes into the Irish Sea.
Champion English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years after being convicted of tax evasion.
On a vote of 58–42, the United States Senate rejects President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.
October 26 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average goes down 156.83 points.
November 1 – InterCity 125 breaks world diesel powered train speed record reaching 238 km/h (147.88 mph).
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali assumes the Presidency of Tunisia.
Lynne Cox swims between the Diomede Islands from the American Little Diomede Island to the Soviet Big Diomede Island.
November 8 – Enniskillen bombing: Twelve people are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb at a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen.
November 12 – The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Mainland China opens in Beijing, near Tiananmen Square.
In Brașov, Romania, workers rebel against the communist regime led by Nicolae Ceaușescu.
European release of The Legend of Zelda
November 16 – The Parlatino Treaty of Institutionalization is signed.
November 17 – A tsunami hits the Gulf of Alaska.
The King's Cross fire on the London Underground kills 31 people and injures a further 100.
Iran–Contra affair: U.S. Senate and House panels release reports charging President Ronald Reagan with 'ultimate responsibility' for the affair.
November 22 – Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion – unknown perpetrators hijack the signal of WGN-TV for about 20 seconds, and WTTW for about 90 seconds, and displays a strange video of a man in a Max Headroom mask.
Category 5 Typhoon Nina smashes the Philippines with 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) winds and a devastating storm surge, causing destruction and 1,036 deaths.
Omega Delta Phi was established at Texas Tech University by seven men of vision.
November 28 – South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean off Mauritius, due to a fire in the cargo hold; the 159 passengers and crew perish.
Korean Air Flight 858 is blown up over the Andaman Sea, killing 115 crew and passengers. North Korean agents are responsible for the bombing.
NASA announces the names of 4 companies awarded contracts to help build Space Station Freedom: Boeing Aerospace, General Electric's Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas, and the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell.
Queensland: Following a week of turmoil from his National Party of Australia colleagues, Joh Bjelke-Petersen resigns as Premier of Queensland. He is replaced by Mike Ahern, the only premier never to contest an election as premier.
December 2 – Hustler Magazine v. Falwell is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 7 – Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-supervisor on the flight, then shoots both pilots.
Israeli–Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Queen Street massacre: In Melbourne, Australia, 22-year-old Frank Vitkovic kills 8 and injures another 5 in a Post Office building before committing suicide by jumping from the eleventh floor.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C. by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Alianza Lima air disaster: A Peruvian Navy Fokker F27 crashes near Ventanilla, Peru, killing 43.
General Rahimuddin Khan retires from the Pakistan Army, along with the cabinet of the country's military dictatorship.
Microsoft releases Windows 2.0.
Gustáv Husák resigns as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
Mega Man is released in Japan.
Square Co., Ltd. releases Final Fantasy in Japan for the Famicom.
The Perl programming language is created by Larry Wall.
December 20 – In history's worst peacetime sea disaster, the passenger ferry MV Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
December 21 – Turgut Özal of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (46th government).
December 30 – Pope John Paul II issues the encyclical Sollicitudo rei socialis (On Social Concern).
Birth rates begin to fall in the Soviet Union as the country's government began to collapse.
The Pendolino train makes its debut in Italy.
Tinker Hatfield designs the Nike Air Max.
Shoko Asahara founds the Aum Shinrikyo cult.
Thomas Knoll and John Knoll develop the first version of Photoshop.
Maglite introduces the 2AAA Mini Maglite flashlight, targeted for medical and industrial applications.
Barry Minkow's ZZZZ Best fraud unravels.
Varroa destructor, an invasive parasite of honeybees, is found in the U.S.
The first Starbucks Coffee stores outside Seattle are opened in Vancouver and Chicago.
BiCE Ristorante opens in New York, New York.
Fluoxetine, marketed as Prozac, is approved for use as an antidepressant in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration in December 1987.
Meryl Davis, American figure skater
Shelley Hennig, American actress
Lauren Storm, American actress
Kristin Cavallari, American reality television star
Jason Mitchell, American actor
Ndamukong Suh, American football player
Zhang Lin, Chinese swimmer
Lyndsy Fonseca, American actress
Sirusho, Armenian singer
January 8 – Freddie Stroma, English actor
Lucas Leiva, Brazilian football player
Paolo Nutini, British singer
January 10 – César Cielo, Brazilian swimmer
Danuta Kozák, Hungarian sprint canoer
Jamie Vardy, English footballer
January 12 – Naya Rivera, American actress
January 13 – Jack Johnson, American hockey player
Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league footballer
Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopian long-distance runner
Kelly Kelly, American professional wrestler
Michael Seater, Canadian actor
January 16 – Jake Epstein, Canadian actor
Zane Holtz, Canadian actor
Stefan Filipović, Montenegrin pop singer
January 20 – Evan Peters, American actor
January 23 – The Avener, French deep house producer
Ruth Bradley, Irish television and film actress
Luis Suárez, Uruguayan football player
Andrew J. Ferchland, American actor
Sebastian Giovinco, Italian football player
Lily Donaldson, British model
Katy Rose, American singer-songwriter
Kylie Sparks, American actress
Hannah Teter, American snowboarder
Misha Crosby, British actor
Katie Nolan, American sport personality and TV host
Ksenia Kahnovich, Russian model
Alex Murrel, American singer and actress
Lance Franklin, Australian rules footballer
Phil Lester, English video blogger and radio personality
Arda Turan, Turkish footballer
January 31 – Marcus Mumford, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Mumford & Sons)
Heather Morris, American actress and dancer
Giuseppe Rossi, Italian-American football player
Ronda Rousey, American martial arts expert and actress
Gerard Piqué, Barcelona and Spanish footballer
Victoria Song, Chinese pop singer (f(x)) and model
Martin Spanjers, American actor
Athena Imperial, Miss Philippines Earth 2011 winner
February 3 – Johan Dahlberg, Swedish architect
February 4 – Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
Darren Criss, American singer and actor
Richard Rawson, English rapper and songwriter
Donald Sanford, American-Israeli Olympic sprinter
Kerli Kõiv, Estonian singer
Monika Brodka, Polish singer
February 8 – Carolina Kostner, Italian figure skater
Rose Leslie, Scottish actress
Michael B. Jordan, American actor
Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
Choi Siwon, South Korean recording artist
Poli Genova, Bulgarian singer
February 11 – Ellen van Dijk, Dutch road and track cycling world champion
Eljero Elia, Dutch footballer
Rau'shee Warren, American boxer
February 14 – Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan footballer
February 15 – Alex Rodman, English footballer
Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (d. 2008)
Ryan Follesé, American singer; lead singer of pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae
February 20 – Miles Teller, American actor
Ashley Greene, American actress
Tuppence Middleton, English actress
Ellen Page, Canadian actress
Han Hyo-joo, South Korean actress
Sergio Romero, Argentine footballer
February 24 – Tina Desai, Indian actress and model
Natalie Dreyfuss, American actress
Andrew Poje, Canadian figure skater
Eva Avila, Canadian singer-songwriter
February 26 – Johan Sjöstrand, Swedish handball player
Valeriy Andriytsev, Ukrainian wrestler
Scott Davies, English footballer
March 1 – Kesha, American singer
Siddharth Bhardwaj, Indian VJ, model and actor
Elnur Hüseynov, Azerbaijani singer
March 4 – Tamzin Merchant, English actress
March 5 – Anna Chakvetadze, Russian professional tennis player
Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghanaian-German footballer
Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
March 7 – Hatem Ben Arfa, Tunisian-French footballer
March 8 – Devon Graye, American actor
March 9 – Bow Wow, African-American rapper
Martellus Bennett, American football player
Liu Shishi, Chinese actress
Emeli Sandé, Scottish recording artist and songwriter
March 11 – Ngonidzashe Makusha, Zimbabwean sprinter and long jumper
Jessica Hardy, American swimmer
Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani chess player
Chris Stark, English radio DJ
March 13 – Marco Andretti, American IRL driver
Robert Clark, American actor
Aravane Rezaï, Iranian-French tennis player
March 16 – Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russian freestyle skier
March 17 – Robert Kardashian Jr., American television personality, model, and talent manager
March 18 – Rebecca Soni, American swimmer
AJ Lee, American professional wrestler
Josie Loren, American actress
March 20 – João Alves de Assis Silva (Jô), Brazilian soccer player
March 21 – Yuri Ryazanov, Russian artistic gymnast (d. 2009)
Ike Davis, American baseball player
Alexander Shatilov, Israeli artistic gymnast
March 23 – Alan Toovey, Australian Rules Football Premiership player
March 24 – Josh Zeid, American baseball player
March 25 – Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
March 26 – YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter
Polina Gagarina, Russian singer, songwriter, actress, and model
Buster Posey, American baseball player
March 28 – Kagney Linn Karter, American pornographic actress
March 29 – Dénes Varga, Hungarian water polo player
March 31 – Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
Mackenzie Davis, Canadian actress.
Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player
April 2 – Molly Smitten-Downes, British singer-songwriter
April 3 – Park Jung-min, South Korean singer (SS501)
Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress
Océane Zhu, Chinese actress
April 6 – Hilary Rhoda, American model
April 8 – Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
Jesse McCartney, American singer and actor
Jazmine Sullivan, American recording artist
Pengiran Anak Sarah, wife of the Crown Prince of Brunei, Al-Muhtadee Billah
Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano
Shay Mitchell, Canadian actress and model
Jamie Renée Smith, American actress
Joss Stone, English musician
Lights Poxleitner, Canadian musician
Michelle Phan, American make-up demonstrator
Brendon Urie, American musician
Brooklyn Decker, American fashion model and actress
Mike Manning, American actor
Iyaz, British Virgin Islands singer
Samira Wiley, American actress and model
April 16 – Aaron Lennon, English footballer
April 17 – Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Canadian actress
April 18 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, English supermodel
Courtland Mead, American actor
Joe Hart, English footballer
Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player
Oksana Akinshina, Russian actress
John Patrick Amedori, American actor and musician
Anna Rossinelli, Swiss singer-songwriter
Sophie Rundle, English television and film actress
Lenira Santos, Cape Verdean sprinter
Anastasia Prikhodko, Ukrainian folk rock and traditional pop singer
April 22 – John Obi Mikel, Nigerian footballer
April 24 – Varun Dhawan, Indian Bollywood actor
William Moseley, English actor
Anne Suzuki, Japanese actress
Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Canadian actress
April 28 – Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Indian film actress and model
Sara Errani, Italian tennis player
Alicia Morton, American actress and singer
Matt Di Angelo, English actor
Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
Pat McAfee, American football player
Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer
Cesc Fàbregas, Spanish football player
Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
Zbigniew Bartman, Polish volleyball player
May 5 – Jessie Cave, English actress
May 6 – Moon Geun-young, Korean actress
Aidy Bryant, American actress and comedian
Asami Konno, Japanese singer
Anissa Kate, French pornographic actress
Allie Haze, American pornographic actress
Eileen April Boylan, American actress
Albulena Haxhiu, Kosovo Albanian politician
Enikő Mihalik, Hungarian model
Hunter Parrish, American actor
Candice King, American actress and singer
Misha Gabriel, American dancer
May 15 – Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player
May 16 – Can Bonomo, Turkish-Jewish singer
May 17 – Ott Lepland, Estonian singer
May 20 – Fra Fee, Northern Irish actor and singer
May 22 – Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player
May 23 – Bray Wyatt , American professional wrestler
May 25 – Nico Hillenbrand, German footballer
May 26 – Tooji, Norwegian-Iranian singer, model and television host
Alessandra Torresani, American actress
Ak'Sent, American female rapper
Noah Reid, Canadian actor and musician
May 30 – Curtis Williams, American actor
Shaun Fleming, American actor and musician
Meredith Hagner, American actress
June 2 – Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
Lalaine, American actress and singer
Masami Nagasawa, Japanese actress
Michelle Keegan, British actress
Mollie King, British singer
Tori Praver, American model and swimwear designer
Luisa Zissman, British TV personality
June 5 – Charlie Clements, British actor
June 6 – Luo Zilin, Miss Universe China 2011 4th runner-up and model
June 9 – Rheagan Wallace, American actress
June 10 – He Chong, Chinese diver
Dappy, English rapper
Didrik Solli-Tangen, Norwegian singer
Rie Tanaka, Japanese gymnast
June 12 – Abbey Lee Kershaw, Australian model
June 14 – Cameron Russell, American model
Kelly Blatz, American actor and singer
Diana DeGarmo, American singer and Broadway actress
Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer
Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
Rebecca Breeds, Australian actress
June 18 – Zsuzsanna Tomori, Hungarian handball player
June 19 – Miho Fukuhara, Japanese singer
June 20 – Daiana Menezes, Brazilian actress, model, and television host
June 21 – Kim Ryeowook, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
June 22 – Lee Min-ho, South Korean actor and model
June 23 – Haley Strode, American actress
Lionel Messi, Argentine football player
Josh Lillis, English footballer
June 26 – Samir Nasri, French footballer
June 27 – Ed Westwick, English actor
July 2 – Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)
Chris Hunter, American actor
Chad Broskey, American actor
Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver
Ji Chang-wook, South Korean actor
Safiq Rahim, Malaysian footballer
Kate Nash, British singer-songwriter
Matt O'Leary, American actor
Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model
Julianna Guill, American actress
Veronica Wagner, Swedish artistic gymnast
July 9 – Rebecca Sugar, American animator and creator of Steven Universe.
July 11 – Maximilian Müller, German field hockey player
July 14 – Dan Reynolds, American singer and musician
July 13 – Eva Rivas, Russian-Armenian singer
AnnaLynne McCord, American actress
Evelina Sašenko, Lithuanian jazz singer of Polish-Ukrainian descent
July 17 – Jeremih, American recording artist and producer
July 19 – Yan Gomes, Brazilian baseball player
July 23 – Marta Pihan-Kulesza, Polish artistic gymnast
July 24 – Mara Wilson, American actress
Alan Dawa Dolma (better known as "Alan"), Chinese singer
Gor Sujyan, Armenian rock singer, lead singer of Dorians
Michael Welch, American actor
July 26 – Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress and dancer
July 27 – Marek Hamšík, Slovak football player
Sumire, Japanese fashion model (d. 2009)
Pedro, Spanish footballer
July 29 – Alice Dellal, Brazilian-born British model
Michael Bradley, American soccer player
August 2 – Jessie Daniels, American actress, songwriter, and Christian musician
Kim Hyung-jun, South Korean singer, DJ (SS501)
Aidil Zafuan, Malaysian footballer
Jon Lilygreen, Welsh singer
Philip Younghusband, British-Filipino footballer
Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress, model, and host
Lexi Belle, American porn actress
Aditya Narayan, Bollywood actor and singer
Charley Chase, American pornographic actress
Joran van der Sloot, Dutch murder suspect
Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
Ryan Lavarnway, American baseball player
August 8 – Katie Leung, Scottish actress
August 10 – Ari Boyland, New Zealand actor
James Buckley, English actor
Tim Tebow, American football player
August 15 – Sean McAllister, English footballer
August 16 – Okieriete Onaodowan, Nigerian actor, known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the 2015 musical Hamilton
August 18 – Mika Boorem, American actress
August 19 – Nico Hülkenberg, German racing driver
Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast
Tulus, Indonesian singer
Cody Kasch, American actor
Kim Kibum, South Korean singer and actor (Super Junior)
August 24 – Anže Kopitar, Slovene ice hockey player
Stacey Farber, Canadian actress
Liu Yifei, Chinese actress
Blake Lively, American actress
Amy Macdonald, Scottish singer and songwriter
Rona Nishliu, Albanian Kosovar singer, radio presenter and humanitarian
Justin Upton, American baseball player
August 30 – Johanna Braddy, American film actress
Scott Moir, Canadian figure skater
Spencer Smith, American musician
September 3 – James Neal, Canadian ice hockey player
September 4 – Maryna Linchuk, Belarusian model
September 6 – Anna Pavlova, Russian artistic gymnast
Evan Rachel Wood, American actress and singer
Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player
September 8 – Wiz Khalifa, American rapper
Afrojack, Dutch DJ and music producer
Clayton Snyder, American actor
Milan Stanković, Serbian pop-folk singer
Susianna Kentikian, German-Armenian boxer
Tyler Hoechlin, American actor
Elizabeth Henstridge, English actress
September 13 – G.NA, Canadian singer
Anthony Padilla, Internet comedian
Daren Kagasoff, American actor
September 19 – Danielle Panabaker, American actress
Jack Lawless, American actress
Sarah Natochenny, American Voice Artist
September 22 – Tom Felton, English actor
September 23 – Skylar Astin, American actor
Matthew Connolly, English footballer
Brit Morgan, American film and television actress
September 25 – Monica Niculescu, Romanian tennis player
September 26 – Jang Keun Suk, South Korean actor, singer and model
September 28 – Hilary Duff, American actress and singer
Kyle Riabko, Canadian pop singer, guitarist
David Del Rio, American actor
Ramy Ashour, Egyptian squash player
Aida Garifullina, Russian operatic soprano
Elanne Kong, Hong Kong actress and singer
Denise Laurel, Filipina actress and singer
October 1 – Matthew Daddario, American actor
Christopher Larkin, American actor
Phil Kessel, American professional ice hockey forward
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., American stock car driver
October 3 – Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican beauty queen who held the titles Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006
October 4 – Marina Weisband, German politician
October 6 – Samuel, American musician
October 8 – Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer
October 11 – Ariella Kaslin, Swiss artistic gymnast
October 12 – Besian Idrizaj, Austrian footballer
October 15 – Mizuho Sakaguchi, Japanese woman footballer
October 16 – Seungho, South Korean pop singer (MBLAQ)
October 17 – Bea Alonzo, Filipino actress
Zac Efron, American actor
Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
October 20 – Levy Li, Miss Malaysia Universe 2008
October 22 – Donny Montell, Lithuanian singer-songwriter
October 23 – Miyuu Sawai, Japanese actress
October 24 – Charlie White, American figure skater
Thelma Aoyama, Japanese singer
Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (year of birth disputed)
Na Yeon Choi, South Korean female professional golfer
Frank Ocean, American singer and rapper
Jessica Dubé, Canadian figure skater
Tove Lo, Swedish singer-songwriter
Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
Bruce Irvin, American football player
Ileana D'Cruz, Indian actress
Ty Lawson, American basketball player
Colin Kaepernick, American National Football League player, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Seager, American baseball player
Elizabeth Smart, American kidnap survivor
Gemma Ward, Australian model
Tim Douwsma, Dutch singer
T.O.P, Korean rapper
November 5 – Kevin Jonas, American singer-songwriter
Ana Ivanovic, Serbian tennis player
G.O, South Korean singer (MBLAQ)
November 7 – Rachele Brooke Smith, American actress and dancer
Samantha Droke, American actress
Maryjun Takahashi, Japanese model and actress
Mohd Faiz Subri, Malaysian footballer
November 11 – Yuya Tegoshi, Japanese singer (NEWS, Tegomass)
November 12 – Jason Day, Australian golfer
November 17 – Kat DeLuna, American singer
November 18 – Jake Abel, American actor
November 22 – Mauro Nespoli, Italian archer
Kasia Struss, Polish model
Snooki, American television personality
November 24 – Elena Satine, American film actress and singer
November 25 – Dolla, American rapper (d. 2009)
November 28 – Karen Gillan, Scottish actress
Christel Khalil, American actress
Dougie Poynter, English musician (McFly)
Ian Hecox, Internet comedian
December 2 – Teairra Marí, American singer
Michael Angarano, American actor
Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast
Dree Hemingway, American model and actress
Orlando Brown, American actor, singer, and comedian
December 6 – Jack DeSena, American actor
December 7 – Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
December 8 – Susanne Riesch, German alpine skier
December 9 – Hikaru Nakamura, Japanese chess grandmaster
December 10 – Gonzalo Higuaín, Argentine footballer
Lao Lishi, Chinese diver
Kate Todd, Canadian actress
December 13 – Rachel Anne Daquis, Filipino volleyball player
December 14 – Aletta Ocean, Hungarian porn actress
Hallee Hirsh, American actress
Michael Lohan Jr., American actor
Miki Ando, Japanese figure skater
Ayaka, Japanese singer
Yuki Furukawa, Japanese actor
Karim Benzema, French footballer
Ronan Farrow, American activist
Michihiro Yasuda, Japanese football player
Alana Grace, American singer and actress
Ryza Cenon, Filipino actress
Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress
December 22 – Lisa Andreas, English singer of Cypriot descent
LJ Reyes, Filipino actress
Demaryius Thomas, American football player
December 27 – Lily Cole, British model
Taylor Ball, American actor
Thomas Dekker, American actor
Hannah Tointon, English actress
Adam Gregory, American actor
December 29 – Iain De Caestecker, Scottish actor
Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player
Seydou Doumbia, Ivorian football player
Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast
January 6 – Harry D. Payne, American architect (b. 1891)
January 9 – Arthur Lake, American actor, Dagwood Bumstead in Blondie (b. 1905)
January 10 – Hakan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (b. 1900)
January 14 – Douglas Sirk, German-born film director, Hollywood melodramas Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life (b. 1897)
January 15 – Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer. Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (b. 1904)
Joyce Jameson, American actress, 'Skippy' in The Andy Griffith Show, and 'The Blonde' in The Apartment (b. 1932)
Joseph Urner, American sculptor, painter and etcher born in Frederick, Maryland (b. 1898)
January 19 – Gerald Brenan, British writer and Hispanist (b. 1894)
January 21 – Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
January 22 – Budd Dwyer, American politician (b. 1939)
January 25 – Nahuel Moreno, Argentine Trotskyist leader (b. 1924)
Allan V. Cox, American geologist (b. 1926)
Norman McLaren, Canadian animator and director, Best Documentary Oscar winner Neighbours (b. 1914)
January 29 – Emvin Cremona, Maltese artist (b. 1919)
January 31 – Yves Allégret, French film director, Oscar nomination for The Proud and the Beautiful screenplay. Husband of Simone Signoret (b. 1905)
Alistair MacLean, British writer (b. 1922)
Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian football goalkeeper (b. 1927)
February 3 – Donald Aronow, creator of the Cigarette Boat (b. 1927)
February 4 – Liberace, American pianist (b. 1919)
William Collier, Jr., American actor, Cimarron, Little Caesar (b. 1902)
Otto Wöhler, serving during World War I and World War II (b. 1894)
Robert O'Brien, American racing driver (b. 1908)
Hans Rosenthal, German radio editor, director, and radio and television host (b. 1925)
February 14 – Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (b. 1904)
February 20 – Lev Russov, Russian painter (b. 1926)
David Susskind, American producer and host (b. 1920)
Andy Warhol, American artist, director, writer (b. 1928)
Glenway Wescott, American novelist (b. 1901)
February 24 – Jim Connors, American radio personality (b. 1940)
James Coco, American actor, the unemployed actor in Only When I Laugh, and Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha (b. 1930)
Elisabeth Coit, American architect (b. 1897)
Florence Cayford, Labour politician in London (b. 1897)
John Collin, English actor, Detective Sergeant Haggar in Z-Cars (b. 1931)
Edgar Nixon, African-American civil rights leader (b. 1899)
February 27 – Joan Greenwood, English actress (b. 1921)
February 28 – Stephen Tennant, British aristocrat and playboy (b. 1906)
March 2 – Randolph Scott, American actor (b. 1898)
March 3 – Danny Kaye, American singer, actor, and comedian (b. 1911)
March 7 – Waldo Salt, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
March 11 – Joe Gladwin, English actor (b. 1906)
March 12 – Woody Hayes, football coach at Ohio State (b. 1913)
Bernhard Grzimek, German zoo director and zoologist (b. 1909)
Gerald Moore, English pianist (b. 1899)
March 15 – W. Sterling Cole, American politician, first Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (b. 1904)
March 19 – Louis-Victor de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
Dean Paul Martin, American actor (b. 1951)
Robert Preston, American actor (b. 1918)
March 22 – Joan Shawlee, American actress (b. 1926)
Walter Abel, American actor (b. 1898)
Georg Muche, German painter, printmaker, architect, author, and teacher (b. 1895)
Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
Maria von Trapp, Austrian singer (b. 1905)
Patrick Troughton, British actor (b. 1920)
Alphonse Alley, Beninese military officer, former Head of State of Dahomey (b. 1930)
April 1 – Henri Cochet, French tennis champion (b. 1901)
Wang Renmei, Chinese actress and singer (b. 1914)
Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer (b. 1917)
Trevor Hockey, Welsh footballer (b. 1943)
April 3 – Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
April 4 – C. L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
Erskine Caldwell, American writer (b. 1903)
Kent Taylor, American actor (b. 1907)
Dennis Allen (b. 1951), Australian criminal and drug dealer, eldest son of Kath Pettingill
April 15 – Masatoshi Nakayama, Japanese Karate Master (b. 1913)
Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (b. 1950)
Cornelius Van Til, Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist (b. 1895)
Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1923)
Hugh Brannum, American actor (b. 1910)
Milt Kahl, Animator for the Disney Studio (b. 1909)
Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (b. 1908)
Antonio Quarantotto, Italian freestyle swimmer (b. 1897)
Maxwell D. Taylor, American general and diplomat (b. 1901)
April 24 – Josephine Bell, English physician and writer (b. 1897)
April 26 – John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
April 28 – Ben Linder, American engineer (b. 1959)
May 1 – Paul Geidel, longest serving American prison inmate (b. 1894)
May 3 – Dalida, French singer (b. 1933)
Paul Butterfield, American musician (b. 1942)
Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930)
May 6 – William J. Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
May 7 – Colin Blakely, Irish actor (b. 1930)
May 8 – James Plimsoll, Australian public servant (b. 1917)
May 9 – Thodoros Kefalopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1894)
May 14 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)
May 17 – Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
May 19 – James Tiptree, Jr., American author (b. 1915)
May 21 – Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (b. 1930)
May 24 – Hermione Gingold, English actress (b. 1897)
May 26 – Emiliana de Zubeldia, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1888)
May 27 – John Howard Northrop, American biochemist (b. 1891)
June 1 – Errol Barrow, 1st Prime Minister of Barbados (b. 1920)
Sammy Kaye, American bandleader and songwriter (b. 1910)
Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (b. 1893)
June 3 – Will Sampson, American actor (b. 1933)
June 6 – Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor (b. 1922)
June 9 – Madge Kennedy, American actress (b. 1891)
Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (suicide) (b. 1943)
Gordon Fox Rule, Anglo-Brazilian First World War flying ace (b. 1898)
June 11 – Ralph Guldahl, American golf champion (b. 1911)
Vera Caspary, American screenwriter, novelist, playwright (b. 1899)
Geraldine Page, American actress (b. 1924)
June 20 – Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist and naturalist (b. 1896)
Fred Astaire, American actor and dancer (b. 1899)
John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (b. 1907)
Joseph Meyer, American songwriter (b. 1894)
Mow Pang Tzu, Republic of China air force general (b. 1904)
June 24 – Jackie Gleason, American actor and comedian (b. 1916)
Oluf Berntsen, Danish fencer (b. 1891)
Gerhard Wagner, German naval officer, and the last Rear Admiral of the Federal Navy (b. 1898)
June 30 – Federico Mompou, Spanish composer and pianist (b. 1893)
July 2 – Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (b. 1943)
July 3 – Viola Dana, American actress (b. 1897)
July 4 – Edward Addison, electrical engineering (b. 1898)
July 10 – John Hammond, American record producer (b. 1910)
July 12 – Joseph Burns, Major League Baseball outfielder (b. 1889)
July 15 – Alfie Bass, British actor (b. 1916)
Kristjan Palusalu, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
July 20 – Richard Egan, American actor (b. 1921)
Jack Lescoulie, American actor (b. 1917)
Don McMahon, American baseball player (b. 1930)
Kenneth Muse, American animator (b. 1910)
Hugh Wheeler, English playwright and librettist (b. 1912)
July 27 – Travis Jackson, American baseball player (New York Giants) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1904)
July 28 – Jack Renshaw, Australian politician, former Premier of New South Wales (b. 1909)
July 31 – Joseph E. Levine, American film producer (b. 1905)
August 1 – Pola Negri, Polish born actress (b. 1897)
August 4 – Ellen Liiger, Estonian actress (b. 1918)
Léon Noël, French diplomat, politician and historian (b. 1888)
Ira C. Eaker, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (b. 1896)
August 8 – Juan Antonio Yanes, Venezuelan professional baseball pioneer (b. 1902)
August 9 – Terrence Michael Walsh, Australian singer, known as Johnny Dole (b. 1953)
August 10 – Prince Yamashina Takehiko (b. 1898)
August 11 – Clara Peller, American actress (b. 1902)
August 16 – Nick Vanos, American basketball player (b. 1963)
Clarence Brown, American film director (b. 1890)
Rudolf Hess, Nazi Deputy Führer (b. 1894)
Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie) (b. 1910)
Bruno Vogel, German pacifist and writer. (b. 1898)
Harold Sherman, American author, lecturer and psychical researcher. (b. 1898)
August 26 – Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
August 28 – John Huston, American film director and actor (b. 1906)
August 29 – Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)
September 1 – Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, and aircraft designer and manufacturer (b. 1896)
September 3 – Rusty Wescoatt, American actor (b. 1911)
Bill Bowes, British cricketer (b. 1908)
Richard Marquand, Welsh film director (b. 1937)
Lorne Greene, Canadian actor (b. 1915)
Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1944)
J. Lawton Collins, American general (b. 1896)
John Qualen, Canadian actor (b. 1899)
September 13 – Mervyn LeRoy, American film producer and director (b. 1900)
September 15 – Trygve Dalseg, America Norwegian marketing agent (b. 1898)
September 16 – Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
September 17 – Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
September 19 – Einar Gerhardsen, former Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
Michael Stewart, American playwright and librettist for the stage (b. 1924)
Holly Glynn, former unidentified decedent (b. 1966)
September 21 – Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (b. 1951)
Dan Rowan, American comedian (b. 1922)
Hédi Váradi, Hungarian actress (b. 1929)
Bob Fosse, American theater choreographer and director (b. 1927)
Erland Van Lidth De Jeude, Dutch-born wrestler, opera singer and actor (b. 1953)
Mary Astor, American actress (b. 1906)
Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist (b. 1912)
Emlyn Williams, British actor (b. 1905)
September 29 – Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company (b. 1917)
September 30 – Herbert Sobel, US Army officer, made famous by Band of Brothers (b. 1912)
Madeleine Carroll, British actress (b. 1906)
Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (b. 1910)
Hans Gál, composer, teacher and author (b. 1890)
Oskar Theodor, Israeli entomologist (b. 1898)
Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (b. 1947)
October 7 – Cedric Phatudi, Chief Minister of Lebowa bantustan (b. 1912)
October 8 – Spencer Gordon Bennet, American film producer (b. 1893)
Clare Boothe Luce, American playwright (b. 1903)
William P. Murphy, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1892)
Alf Landon, American politician (b. 1887)
Fahri Korutürk, Turkish diplomat, 6th President of Turkey (b. 1903)
Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
Kishore Kumar, Indian playback singer (b. 1929)
October 15 – Donald Wandrei, American writer (b. 1908)
Jacqueline du Pré, British cellist (b. 1945)
Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
October 20 – Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
October 22 – Lino Ventura, Italian actor (b. 1919)
October 23 – John Wittig, Danish actor (b. 1921)
October 24 – Kelvin Martin, New York criminal (b. 1964)
October 28 – André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
October 29 – Woody Herman, American jazz musician (b. 1913)
October 30 – Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, author (b. 1904)
November 1 – René Lévesque, Canadian politician and premier of Quebec (b. 1922)
Eamonn Andrews, Television and Radio Presenter (b. 1922)
Georges Franju, French filmmaker (b. 1912)
Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
Jean Rivier, French composer of classical music (b. 1896)
November 7 – Arne Borg, Swedish Olympic swimmer (b. 1901)
November 8 – Matilde Cantos, Spanish feminist (b. 1898)
Seyni Kountché, 2nd President of Niger (b. 1931)
Jackie Vernon, American comic (b. 1924)
November 16 – Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
November 21 – Ivan Jandl, Czech actor (b. 1937)
November 24 – Anton Pieck, Dutch painter, artist and graphic artist (b. 1895)
November 26 – Duncan Sandys, British politician (b. 1908)
November 27 – Henri Fluchère, chairman of the Société Française Shakespeare and a notable literary critic (b. 1898)
November 30 – James Baldwin, American writer (b. 1924)
December 1 – Punch Imlach, Canadian NHL coach (b. 1918)
Luis Federico Leloir, French-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
December 3 – Pierre Mollaret, American neurologist (b. 1898)
December 4 – Rouben Mamoulian, Armenian-American film director (b. 1898)
December 10 – Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born violinist (b. 1901)
December 14 – Tim Dinsdale, British aeronautical engineer and Loch Ness Monster seeker (b. 1924)
December 15 – Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist (b. 1898)
December 19 – Leo Jung, American rabbi (b. 1892)
Ralph Nelson, American actor (b. 1916)
Robert Paige, American actor (b. 1911)
Joe Sherman, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1890)
December 22 – Alice Terry, American actress (b. 1899)
December 23 – Harald Johnsson, Swedish politician (b. 1898)
December 24 – Joop den Uyl, Dutch politician and journalist, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1973–1977) (b. 1919)
December 25 – Ruf Bonner, Soviet Jewish exilee (b. 1900)
December 27 – Priscilla Dean, American actress (b. 1896)
December 29 – Patrick Bissell, American dancer (b. 1957)
Lou Darvas, American artist and cartoonist (b. 1913)
John Pierotti, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
Huang Yao, Chinese artist (b. 1917)
Syd Hartley, English professional association football player (b. 1914)
Otto Klemperer, German physicist (b. 1899)
The following are references to year 1987 in fiction:13 Going on 30 (2004): The scenes where Jenna is thirteen take place in New Jersey on May 26, 1987.
American Psycho (2000): According to director Mary Harron on the DVD commentary, the film is set around the end of 1987. Patrick Bateman is seen reading Zagat's Survey of this year as well.
Fargo (1996): The film takes place in Minnesota, 1987
Adventureland (2009): The film takes place in Pittsburgh, summer 1987
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997): The year that Romy and Michele had their high school prom and graduated takes place in Los Angeles 1987
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (2009): The film takes place in Harlem, New York 1987.
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004): There is a picture of a fat White Goodman with the caption "White Goodman – 1987" on it.
Rock of Ages (2012): The film takes place in Los Angeles 1987
Dirty Girl The film takes place in Oklahoma 1987
McFarland, USA (2015) The film takes place in McFarland, California 1987 based on a true story.
Chasing Mavericks (2012) The scene where Jay is 8 years old takes place in Santa Cruz, California 1987
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film) The scene at the start with Jordan Belfort takes place in New York City 1987
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979): NASA launches the last of America's deep-space probes, the Space Shuttle Ranger 3, which is piloted by Captain William "Buck" Rogers.
Set in 1987: the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day" (2005) takes place on November 7.
Space: 1999 episode "The Rules of Luton" we learn that a world war, likely World War III, began sometime in 1987. It was described as The war to end all wars.
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bye Bye Nerdy", Bloo insists that Mac purchased something from a store named "1987 Store", however, the plan backfires.
Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (2015): The game takes place in 1987.
The following games were released in 1987 -Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Jan 14) : Made by Nintendo.
Final Fantasy (Dec 18) : Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi.
Physics – J. Georg Bednorz, Karl Alexander Müller
Chemistry – Donald J. Cram, Jean-Marie Lehn, Charles J. Pedersen
Medicine – Susumu Tonegawa
Literature – Joseph Brodsky
Peace – Óscar Arias Sánchez
Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Robert Solow