30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987

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.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Don Landwehrle / Shutterstock

    Vermont: Images of the Green Mountain State

    A few glimpses into the varied landscape of Vermont, and some of the animals and people calling it home

  • Dolores Ochoa / AP

    Photos of the Week: Shanghai Fog, Malta Moon, Storm Ciara

    Heavy rain in southeastern Australia, the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, the 92nd Oscar awards in Hollywood, coronavirus in China, Makha Bucha in Thailand, and much more

  • Sander Grefte / International Landscape Photographer of the Year

    Top Shots From the 2019 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

    Some of the top and winning images from this year’s landscape-photography competition

  • Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

    Documenting Penguin Decline in Antarctica

    Images from a recent Antarctic expedition during which scientists studied the dramatic drop in the population of chinstrap penguins