- Margaret Thatcher was returned as Prime Minister for a third term
- the Church of England voted to allow women’s ordination
- the Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy was kidnapped in Beirut
- party hostess Cynthia Payne went on trial again and a film of her life, Personal Services, was released
- the British and French governments formally approved proposals for a Channel Tunnel
- a passenger ferry capsized in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, killing one hundred and ninety-three
- Rudolf Hess died in prison by his own hand
- a gunmen ran amok and killed sixteen people in Hungerford
- a hurricane killed twenty-three in southern England
- a few days after which automated computerised share trading, possibly, precipitated Black Monday
- an IRA bomb killed 11 and injured more than 60 at Enniskillen’s war memorial on Remembrance Sunday
- accumulated rubbish under an escalator at King’s Cross fuelled a fire which killed 31 and injured many more.
The recent hurricanes put me in mind of 1987…remember…not only the big storm but a heap of man-made disasters and some momentous decisions?