What Happened in December 1993

Historical Events

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

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7th Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • 29th Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)
  • 30th "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances
  • 30th Vatican recognizes Israel
  • 31st Barbra Striesand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

Famous Birthdays

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

11th 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

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

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

HeartWedding of Interest

20th 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

26th 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
  • 27th Actress Teri Garr (44) weds John O'Neil (42)
  • 30th Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)
  • 31st Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

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

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 3rd Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • 3rd Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • 4th Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar, dies at 68
  • 4th Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
  • 4th Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist, dies at 42
  • 4th Margaret Landon, US author (Anna & the King of Siam), dies at 90
  • 5th Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
  • 5th Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86
  • 5th Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32
  • 6th Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 6th Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • 6th Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • 6th Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 7th Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • 7th Janet Margolin, actress (David & Lisa), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 8th Andre Cerf, French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
  • 8th Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • 9th Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 9th Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 10th Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 11th Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 11th Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 12th Gerard "Ge" Nabrink, Dutch anarchist/NVSH-founder, dies at 90
  • 12th Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 12th Jozsef Antall, historian/premier of Hungary (1990-93), dies at 61
  • 13th Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87

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

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