Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Year was 1987

Soviet Party Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev demands reforms
Recriminations over the "Iran-Contra" deal (selling weapons to Iran and using the funds to supply contra forces in Nicaragua) embroil U.S. cabinet officers

Former U.S. Naval Investigative Service analyst Jonathan J. Pollard receives a sentence of life imprisonment March 4 for having spied for Israel

West German "flight hobbyist" Mathias Rust, 19, pilots a single-engined Cessna from Helsinki to Moscow

Former Nazi party leader Rudolf Hess commits suicide at Berlin's Spandau Prison

Patty Beecham got married

Britain's Conservative Party wins reelection June 11; Prime Minister Thatcher begins a third term.

Italian voters elect porn star Cicciolina (Ilona Staller), 34, to the nation's Parliament.

Zulu prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 58, launches a bloody civil war against South Africa's African National Congress (ANC).

Zimbabwe's parliament suspends former prime minister Ian Smith for 1 year April 2 to punish him for a speech he made to white businessmen at Johannesburg
PTL minister Jim Bakker resigns March 19 following revelations that he cheated on his wife, Tammy Faye

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