june 1987

listen i’m really sorry i don’t mean to be dramatic but ON JUNE 24TH, 1987 LIONEL ANDRES MESSI WAS BORN IN ROSARIO SANTA FE ARGENTINA AND 10,896 DAYS LATER HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL FOR FC BARCELONA AGAINST REAL MADRID ON APRIL 23RD 2017 AND TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF TO SHOW A SILENT BERNABEU HIS NAME AND I WAS ALIVE, BREATHING, AND WATCHING IT WITH MY OWN TWO EYES

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Remarks at Brandenberg Gate, Berlin, Germany [President’s Speaking Copy], 6/12/1987 
File Unit: White House Office of Records Management Subject File folder SP1107 439177 (1), 10/13/1986 - 10/13/1986Series: White House Office of Records Management (WHORM) Subject File, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989Collection: White House Office of Records Management File Systems (White House Central Files), 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989

Thirty years ago on June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave this historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in which he implored Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

See the rest of President Reagan’s speech in the National Archives Catalog or watch it below:

President Ronald Reagan’s Speech at the Berlin Wall, 6/12/1987
Series: Video Recordings, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989
Collection: Records of the White House Television Office (WHTV) (Reagan Administration), 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989 


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  HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, SASHA VELOUR   (June 25, 1987) 

I’m an over-thinker with a fighter’s spirit. I hope my legacy is that sometimes that level of thought is an asset, especially now in this political moment, because this political moment is very anti-intellectual, anti-information, and anti-historical. Clearly, I love queer history, learning, thinking about things really hard, and having these discussions about them… I hope that’s my legacy: this serious person with a tough veneer is about all these things, about what queer culture has been and should be, because we need that in order to combat from this political era. We need a historical, political kind of drag.”

Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Prince’s Trust Concert, 5 June 1987. Photo: REX/Alamy.

“It’s always harder for a drummer. It’s hard for Ringo to just knock out an album. It’s difficult enough for me and Paul. It’s not easy having been enormously famous and, you know, having to try to… I don’t mind, personally. I don’t mind being obscure. I remember years ago Ringo saying to me he’d love to have a Number 1. And I said, What for? You are the Number 1. It doesn’t matter about the record.” - George Harrison, Q, 1988 [Thank you very much to aug72 for sending this interview!]

“George presented him recently with a special, leather-bound volume, which said on the cover, ‘Ringo Starr: greatest drummer on earth.’ Inside, all the pages were blank. ‘George told me to start writing, to fill it up.’” - The Beatles Authorized Biography, 1985 postscript, by Hunter Davies

Who is Shotgun Jane?

On 1 June, 1987, two men picked up a female hitchhiker who was strolling along I-87 near Bulls Gap, Tennessee. The trio attended a party together and after a few bottles of liquid courage, they decided they would break into a nearby home and rob it. They attempted to trick the homeowner into opening the door by staging a fight in. The homeowner knew exactly what they were doing and refused to open the door.

Refusing to give up, the hitchhiker decided she would try to pry open the screen door and as the homeowner became alarmed, she fired her shotgun, killing the hitchhiker. The two men were soon apprehended for the attempted break in, however when questioned, they contended they had no idea who the hitchhiker was. She was estimated to be between twenty and thirty years old, weighing around 120 pounds. She had brunette hair and brown eyes and has a tattoo on her arm which read: “B.H.” She was clad in a Miami Dolphins t-shirt, blue pants, and white shoes. An autopsy discovered a scar consistent with a c-section and old injuries that were consistent with a vehicle accident.

She became known as “Shotgun Jane" as her true identity was never discovered. 

George and Dhani Harrison, 1987, photographed by Terry O'Neill (source: National Portrait Gallery)

“‘He’s lovely,’ says Harrison. 'He’s good fun, good company. He can play When We Was Fab on the piano.’ Asked for further description, Harrison laughs. 'Well, I mean, he’s only a little schoolboy. It’s not as though he’s hosting The Tonight Show.’” - People, 19 October 1987 [x]

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“Dhani, the son of whom he [George] was so proud.” - Sir George Martin [x]

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“My dad was my hero, my best friend.” - Dhani Harrison, 2012 [x]

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Today is the 30th Birthday of one ugly mother$&%*er! On June 12, 1987, PREDATOR was released theatrically!

I still can’t believe that Jean-Claude Van Damme was the first choice to suit up as the PREDATOR! Footage of the Belgian actor performing in costume does actually exist. Rumor has it, the original alien suit was hotter than a Mickey Mouse costume in July in Disney World. Stan Winston was called in to re-design the creature. Kevin Peter Hall replaced JCVD and the rest is history!