What Happened in December 1993

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Northwest Airlink plane crashes in Minn, killing 18
  • Dec 2 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in LA
  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
  • Dec 2 Houston Rockets tie NBA record of 15-0 start
  • Dec 2 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches
  • Dec 4 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)
  • Dec 4 Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)
  • Dec 4 A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • Dec 4 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
  • Dec 5 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Dec 5 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • Dec 5 Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space
  • Dec 5 Melissa Mcnamara/Mike Sopringer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 5 Rafael Caldera elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 5 The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
  • Dec 6 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 5 km 7:13.29
  • Dec 7 Henri Konan Bedie names himself President of Ivory coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • Dec 7 The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
  • Dec 8 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 8 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Dec 8 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
  • Dec 8 Storm hits western Europe, 11 killed in England
  • Dec 9 "My Fair Lady" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Dec 9 Ivory Coast Premier Ouattara resigns
  • Dec 10 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67
  • Dec 11 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • Dec 11 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle elected President of Chile
  • Dec 12 "Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 12 "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • Dec 12 WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in NYC
  • Dec 13 Deadline for Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they don't
  • Dec 13 Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
  • Dec 13 Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed
  • Dec 13 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands
  • Dec 14 Muslim fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria
  • Dec 15 C-130 flies into a Philippines hill & explodes, 16 killed
  • Dec 15 Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns
  • Dec 15 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
  • Dec 15 Lee Aspen resigns as secretary of defense
  • Dec 15 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed
  • Dec 15 British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 15 "Schindler's List", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, is released (Best Picture 1994)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List", an epic historical drama based on the life of Oskar Schindler, is released

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • Dec 16 "Red Shoes" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from Beverly Hills 90210

  • Dec 17 Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
  • Dec 17 Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)
  • Dec 17 Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse
  • Dec 18 Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)
  • Dec 19 "Red Shoes" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Dec 26 Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
  • Dec 26 Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tourn
  • Dec 27 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 27 Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93
  • Dec 28 Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49
  • Dec 28 Dutch Antilles government of Yandi Paula forms
  • Dec 28 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • Dec 29 Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)
  • Dec 30 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 30 Vatican recognizes Israel

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 31 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba
  • Dec 8 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer
  • Dec 11 Gina Miele, American singer and actress
  • Dec 22 Aliana Lohan, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 22 Gabriel Medina, Brazilian professional surfer (World Champion 2014), born in São Sebastião, São Paulo


Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 3 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) weds Charisse Simon (26)

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Dec 5 Newhart actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 11 Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds designer Barbara Feltus (27)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Businessman Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41) at Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • Dec 27 Actress Teri Garr (44) weds John O'Neil (42)
  • Dec 30 Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)
  • Dec 31 Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando


Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 2 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • Dec 3 Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • Dec 3 Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • Dec 4 Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar, dies at 68
  • Dec 4 Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
  • Dec 4 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist, dies at 42
  • Dec 4 Margaret Landon, US author (Anna & the King of Siam), dies at 90
  • Dec 5 Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
  • Dec 5 Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86
  • Dec 5 Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32
  • Dec 6 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • Dec 6 Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • Dec 6 Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • Dec 6 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • Dec 7 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • Dec 8 Andre Cerf, French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
  • Dec 8 Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • Dec 9 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • Dec 9 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • Dec 10 Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • Dec 11 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • Dec 11 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • Dec 12 Gerard "Ge" Nabrink, Dutch anarchist/NVSH-founder, dies at 90
  • Dec 12 Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • Dec 12 Jozsef Antall, historian/premier of Hungary (1990-93), dies at 61
  • Dec 13 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 Myrna Loy, [Williams], US actress (Jazz Singer), dies at 88

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • Dec 15 Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
  • Dec 16 Bentri Seddik, Algerian court judge, murdered at 46
  • Dec 16 Kakuei Tanaka, premier of Japan (1972-74), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Moses Gunn, actor (Roots), dies of asthma at 64
  • Dec 16 Ratu Penaia Ganilau, president of Fiji (1987-93), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer (Volkskrant), dies at 68
  • Dec 16 Charizma, American Hip-Hop MC (b. 1973)
  • Dec 17 Janet Margolin, US actress (Annie Hall), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • Dec 18 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • Dec 18 Charizma, American rapper (b. 1973)
  • Dec 19 Anthonius AM "Ton" Kors, writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
  • Dec 19 Antoon Veerman, Dutch ARP asst sect of Education (1973-75), dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • Dec 20 Moses Gunn, actor (Shaft), dies at 64
  • Dec 20 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies from cancer at 74
  • Dec 20 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • Dec 21 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100
  • Dec 22 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Whiskey Galore!), dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Don DeFore, actor (George Baxter-Hazel), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
  • Dec 23 Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92
  • Dec 24 Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
  • Dec 24 Yen Chia-kan, PM/President of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
  • Dec 25 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 26 Jeff Morrow, actor (Robe, Harbor Lights, Blood Legacy), dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • Dec 28 Howard Caine [Cohen], American actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • Dec 28 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • Dec 29 Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  • Dec 30 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 [Irving Paul] "Swifty" Lazar, superagent, dies of kidney failure at 86
  • Dec 31 Arthur Dreifuss, director/producer (Murder in Amsterdam), dies at 85
  • Dec 31 Lambert Fokkema, founder Dutch Export Combination, dies at 80
  • Dec 31 Thomas J Watson Jr, president of IBM (1956-71)/diplomat, dies at 79
  • Dec 31 Zviad Gamsachurdia, President of Georgia SSR (1991-1993), suicide at 54
  • Dec 31 Brandon Teena, Transsexual, murdered (b. 1972)