What Happened on December 22, 1988

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ
  • South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa
  • Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast

Famous Deaths


Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes
  • Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies