Events of 1987

May 3:"Monkey Business" scandal

Denying rumors of infidelity, Democratic presidential candidate favorite, Gary Hart, challenged reporters to follow him around. The Miami Herald publishes photos of him with model Donna Rice on a ship called "Monkey Business". Hart drops out of the race on May 8.

June 12:Reagan speaks at Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin

Reagan speaks the famous line "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Two years later, the Wall came down.

June 16:Bernhard Goetz acquitted

Bernard Goetz is acquitted of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. He's found guilty on criminal possession of an unlicensed weapon and spends 250 days in jail.

June 25:Gorbachev announces plans for "Perestroika" and "Glasnost"

Gorbachev introduces limited freedoms to the Soviet Union, restructuring the Soviet economy (perestroika) and calling for an end to censorship (glasnost).

July 7:Ollie North testifies to Congress

Lt. Col. Oliver North testifies that he assumed President Reagan knew funds were diverted to the Contras and that key documents were destroyed.

September 17:Constitution's 200th Anniversary
October 16:Baby Jessica McClure is rescued from well

After falling in a well, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is pulled out with only minor injuries.

October 19:Black Monday

World stock market crashes, but in a few days the market rebounds.

November 28:Tawana Brawley hoax (1987-1988)

15 year old black girl, Tawana, claims to be assaulted and raped by five white police officers. A year later the Grand Jury finds no evidence to her claims.