Three decades ago, the long-fought Iran-Iraq war had reached a deadly stalemate, the stock markets took a huge hit on Black Monday in October, American politicians were gearing up for the 1988 presidential race, Baby Jessica was rescued from a well, broadcast live on CNN, and much more. Photographers were also busy documenting the lives of Pee-wee Herman, Menudo, Mikhail Gorbachev, Howard Stern, Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Bernie Goetz, and many others. Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1987.
Members of the Puerto Rican group singing group "Menudo" hold a press conference at New York's Hard Rock Cafe on May 27, 1987. They are, left to right: Ralphie Rodriguez, Ricky Martin, Ruben Gomez, Sergio Gonzales, Ramone Acevedo and Charlie Masso.
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In the Persian Gulf, a view of the guided missile frigate USS Stark listing to port after being hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles within 30 seconds. 37 sailors were killed. Though exact details remain unclear, the Iraqi government at the time stated that the attack was in error, that the Iraqi pilot had thought the Stark was an Iranian tanker, and officially apologized to the United States. The incident took place two miles outside an exclusion zone enforced during the Iran-Iraq war.
U.S. Department of Defense.
Michael S. Swavley, vice president of marketing for Compaq Computer Corporation, introduces the new Compaq Portable III at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York, on February 18, 1987. The Compaq Portable III, starting with a weight of 18 pounds, provides the power and function of a high performance desktop computer in a small, self-contained unit that is easy to carry.
Richard Drew / AP
Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North, former aide to former National Security Adviser John Poindexter, is sworn in on July 7, 1987, before the House and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, District of Columbia, on arms sales to Iran and diversion of profits to Nicaraguan Contra rebels. North testified under limited immunity. The "Irangate" saga erupted 30 November 1986 into a new crisis for the US President Reagan administration with the resignation of Admiral John Poindexter as the President's National Security Advisor and the dismissal of North, a member of the National Security Council Staff. "Ollie" North, a much-decorated Marine officer, known to White House cynics as the President's "Swashbuckler in Chief", was linked to the transfer of some $30 million profit from the Iran weapons sales to Contra rebels fighting the left-wing Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
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Anti-government protesters staging a sit-down strike in the center of Seoul, South Korea, on June 14, 1987, scatter in panic as tear gas grenades, hurled by police, explode. Police repeatedly broke up demonstrations in the city center for a fourth day.
Itsuo Inouye / AP
Mayor Bernie Sanders of Burlington, Vermont, sings into the microphone during a recording session on November 20, 1987. The mayor, accompanied by a backup group of Vermont singers, was putting out a tape of five songs and a discussion of his philosophy that will be available in stores. Sanders feels music is a powerful way to communicate with the masses.
Toby Talbot / AP
After the 'Black Monday" stock market crash of 1987, passengers on board the F train in New York read about it in newspapers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by nearly 23% in a single day, on October 19, 1987. By the end of the month, global markets had lost between 20% and 45% of their value, but gradually recovered over the next few years.
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Guardian Angels, police, photographers, and others scramble as the car containing Bernhard Goetz leaves State Supreme Court in New York, Tuesday, June 16, 1987. Goetz was exonerated on twelve of thirteen counts by a jury in the case against him stemming from the 1984 shootings of four youths in a New York subway car.
David Bookstaver / AP
The "gar-barge", a barge full of 3,100 tons of Brooklyn garbage, floats around near Key West, Florida, on May 7, 1987. The barge, originally chartered to be towed from New York to North Carolina, but local officials denied the barge entry in North Carolina, and ordered it to move on. The barge spent months in 1987 moving from port to port, as far south as Belize, trying to find someone to take its garbage, with no luck. The "gar-barge" cargo was eventually returned to Brooklyn for incineration.
Music groups Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys pose atop a restaurant in midtown Manhattan on May 11, 1987. The two groups held a news conference to announce their 40-city "Together Forever" tour, which was to kick off in Hawaii on June 12. In front from left, are, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, Jospeh "Rappers Run" Simmons, and Davy D; in back from left are, Mike D., Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, King Ad-Rock, and MCA.
Marty Lederhandler / AP
Vice President George Bush and wife, Barbara, wave to supporters that turned out in Houston, Texas, to hear him announce he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, on October 12, 1987.
Ed Kolenovsky / AP
First Lady Nancy Reagan watches an anti-drug musical entitled Just Say No performed by teenage students from the Chantilly, Virginia, High School Drama Department at the Cameron Elementary School, on February 26, 1987, in Alexandria, Virginia.
Scott Stewart / AP
Two men wearing Irish Republican Army (IRA) black masks and berets carry the coffin of Tony Gormley, during his funeral near Dungannon, Northern Ireland on May 11, 1987. He was one of eight IRA members who died on May 8, after conflict with security forces when they attacked the police station at Loughgall in Co., Armagh.
Peter Kemp / AP
William Shatner, more used to kisses from beautiful aliens in his role as Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, gets a whale of a kiss from Yaka the 10,000-pound killer whale at a Vallejo, California, wildlife park, on Monday, March 16, 1987. Shatner, whose crew captured whales of a different breed to save the Earth in the latest Star Trek movie, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, made the appearance to promote contributions to the California Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program.
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