(Saturday, April 4, 1987) — “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two consecutive weeks (Apr. 4/11, 1987).
Video: '1987 Oscars' (24 videos)
(Monday, March 30, 1987, 6:00-9:19 p.m. PST) — Platoon, an American war film about a rookie soldier who struggles under the unbearable conditions of a horrible war, won four Oscars tonight at the 59th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Oliver Stone for Best Director. Continue reading ‘Platoon’ wins Best Picture at 59th Academy Awards 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 30 1987)
Video: 'Radio Days' trailer
(Saturday, January 24, 1987) — Radio Days, an American comedy-drama film about a family’s life during the Golden Age of Radio, premiered today at the Utah/US Film Festival (later the Sundance Film Festival) in Park City, Utah
Directed by Woody Allen, the film starred Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Robert Joy, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Julie Kurnitz, Renée Lippin, Kenneth Mars, Josh Mostel, Tony Roberts, Wallace Shawn, Michael Tucker, David Warrilow and Dianne Wiest.
(Saturday, January 24, 1987) — “The Best Man in the World” by Ann Wilson peaked at #61 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, December 20, 1986) — “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King peaked at #9 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks, returning the charts 25 years after peaking at #4 because it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.
Video: 'Platoon' trailer
(Friday, December 19, 1986, 12:00 p.m. EST) — Platoon, an American war film about a young recruit in Vietnam who faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man, opened today in U.S. theaters, including the Loews New York Twin and Astor Plaza in New York City.
Directed by Oliver Stone, the film starred Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen.
(Saturday, December 6, 1986) — “Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads peaked at #25 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' trailer
(Wednesday, November 26, 1986, 10:00 a.m. EST) — To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, was released today in U.S. theaters, including Loew’s State 1 theater in New York City.
Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the film starred William Shatner, Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols.
Video: 'Hoosiers' trailer
(Monday, November 10, 1986, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Hoosiers, a sports film about a troubled coach who enlists the town drunk to turn a high school basketball team into winners, premiered tonight at the Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana. Continue reading ‘Hoosiers’ premieres in Indianapolis 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 10 1986)
(Saturday, September 27, 1986) — “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles peaked at #23 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week, fueled by an appearance in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the same version peaked at #2 in 1964).