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This article is about the particular significance of the year 1987 to Wales and its people.
- 12 January - The lowest daytime maximum temperature ever recorded in Wales (-8.0 °C) is recorded at Trecastle, Powys.
- 5 March - The High Court declares Dorothy Squires a vexatious litigant.
- 24 May - Neil Kinnock is interviewed by David Frost about Labour's defence policy and plans for government.
- 28 May - The Mametz Wood Memorial, sculpted by David Petersen, is unveiled in Cardiff.
- 11 June - In the general election
- 11 July - The Mametz Wood Memorial is dedicated at the site of the Royal Welch Fusiliers battle of 1916.
- Flooding affects many parts of Wales. Four people are killed when the Glanrhyd Bridge collapses; a train falling into the River Tywi.
- Keith Best, former Conservative MP for Ynys Môn, is sentenced to four months' imprisonment for share-dealing activities, but only serves five days.
- 22 November - The Welsh language is used within the Vatican for the first time on an official occasion, as part of a beatification ceremony for three Welsh martyrs.
- 3 December - Indian classical musician Ram Narayan records his album Rag Lalit at Wyastone Leys near Monmouth.
- A planning application is turned down at Llanrhaeadr, Clwyd, on the grounds that it would be detrimental to the Welsh language. It is the first time such a decision has ever been made.
- The Roman Catholic Church in Wales creates a new Diocese of Wrexham and moves the Diocese of Menevia to Swansea.
- Creation of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation.
- Roy Jenkins becomes Baron Jenkins of Hillhead and is elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
- Chris Loyn establishes the architectural practice Loyn & Co.
- The National Trust buys Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo, including the deer park.
- Oakwood Theme Park at Narberth opened.
Arts and literature
- 9 January - Bradley Davies, rugby union player
- 21 January - Joe Ledley, footballer
- 24 January - Wayne Hennessey, footballer
- 14 February - Lee Selby, World champion boxer
- 24 March - Rob Davies, footballer
- 27 March - Adam Davies, footballer
- April - Hannah Stone, harpist
- 8 May - Aneurin Barnard, actor
- 4 September - Mike O'Shea, cricketer
- 29 September - Claire Williams, athlete
- 30 November - Victoria Thornley, Olympic rower
- 17 December - Bradley Manning, American soldier (educated in Haverfordwest)
- date unknown - Alexandra Roach, actress
- 5 January - Brinley Williams, Wales dual-code rugby international, 91
- 21 January - Donald Holroyde Hey, chemist, 83
- 4 February - Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, writer and broadcaster, 78
- 4 April - Richard Ithamar Aaron, philosopher, 85
- 13 April - Alfred Evans, Labour MP, 73
- 19 April - Stan Richards, footballer, 70
- 22 May - Keidrych Rhys, poet and editor
- 22 June - William Price, footballer, 83
- 4 September - Richard Marquand, film director, 49 (stroke)
- August - Dorothy Rees, politician, 89
- 11 September - Hugh David, television director, 62
- 25 September - Emlyn Williams, dramatist and actor, 81
- 5 November - Howard Davies, rugby player, 70
- 27 December - Anna Eliza Williams, oldest documented person in the world, 114
- date unknown - Albert Clifford Williams, politician, Labour MP for Abertillery 1965–1970