What Happened in December 1987

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
  • Dec 2 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • Dec 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 2 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
  • Dec 4 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)
  • Dec 5 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
  • Dec 5 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane
  • Dec 5 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)
  • Dec 6 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"
  • Dec 6 Christa Rothenburger skates female world record 500m (39.39 sec)
  • Dec 6 Jane Crafter/Steve Jones wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 7 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
  • Dec 7 Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting
  • Dec 7 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank

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Dec 8 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • Dec 8 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel

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Dec 8 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 8 The Alianza Lima air disaster.

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Dec 9 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Dec 9 Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank
  • Dec 10 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time
  • Dec 11 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
  • Dec 12 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • Dec 12 Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary
  • Dec 12 Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers
  • Dec 13 Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election
  • Dec 13 Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
  • Dec 14 Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new
  • Dec 15 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
  • Dec 16 Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
  • Dec 17 Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak resigns
  • Dec 18 Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
  • Dec 19 Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart
  • Dec 19 Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ

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Dec 20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 20 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • Dec 20 Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die
  • Dec 20 Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 21 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
  • Dec 21 Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir
  • Dec 21 Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov launched
  • Dec 22 Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdoses from Heroin

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Dec 23 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Dec 25 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured
  • Dec 26 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Dec 27 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
  • Dec 30 Australia hang on for draw v NZ at MCG, 1 wkt left 17 runs short

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 30 Premier Mugabe elected president of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Teairra Mari, American R&B singer
  • Dec 3 Alicia Sacramone, American Gymnast
  • Dec 3 Michael Angarano, American actor
  • Dec 7 Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
  • Dec 7 Baran Kosari, Iranian actress
  • Dec 10 Gonzalo Higuaín, French-born Argentine footballer
  • Dec 11 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer
  • Dec 16 Hallee Hirsh, American actress
  • Dec 17 Chelsea [born Bradley] Manning, US soldier who released WikiLeaks, born in Crescent, Oklahoma
  • Dec 18 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • Dec 18 Ayaka, Japanese singer
  • Dec 18 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • Dec 19 Karim Benzema, French footballer
  • Dec 19 Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer
  • Dec 20 Tariel Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • Dec 21 Valerie Concepcion, Filipino Actress
  • Dec 26 Adam Walker, British flautist
  • Dec 28 Thomas Dekker, American actor
  • Dec 30 Jake Cuenca, Filipino actor and commercial model
  • Dec 31 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player
  • Dec 31 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future Prime Minister, marries Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager (b. 1918)
  • Dec 2 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • Dec 4 Rouben Mamoulian, dir (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 90
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 6 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russia, violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 14 Paul Clinton Sundberg, actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies
  • Dec 16 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 21 Robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
  • Dec 21 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • Dec 22 Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
  • Dec 22 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 Priscilla Dean, actress (Outside the Law), dies of injuries at 91
  • Dec 27 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • Dec 27 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • Dec 28 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • Dec 31 [Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60