Historical Events for December 1988

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Events 1 - 80 of 80

1st - 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless
1st - Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
1st - Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
1st - NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics
1st - NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs St Louis Blues
2nd - "Naked Gun" (a movie based on TV's "Police Squad") premieres
2nd - 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel
2nd - STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
2nd - UN votes 151-2 (Isr & US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Brit abstains
3rd - 54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB)
3rd - NY Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48)
4th - Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
4th - Amy Benz/John Huston wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
4th - Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers
4th - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
5th - NC federal grand jury indict PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud & conspiracy
MLB First Baseman Eddie MurrayMLB First Baseman Eddie Murray 5th - Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite
6th - Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden
6th - Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela
6th - Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose
6th - Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)
6th - Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown
6th - STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
6th - Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Balt Orioles
7th - 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
7th - Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
7th - Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
7th - NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach
7th - Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract
MLB Pitching Legend Nolan RyanMLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan 8th - Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109
9th - NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
9th - The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
9th - Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
10th - Washington Capitals 1st NHL scoreless tie, vs Mont Canadiens
12th - 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
12th - NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
12th - PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist
12th - Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
12th - "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)
13th - 3 men end 29-hr all-466-station subway ride in NYC
13th - Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
14th - CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
Actor Dustin HoffmanActor Dustin Hoffman 14th - NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
14th - Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures
14th - US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs)
15th - Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
16th - Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
17th - 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
17th - Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps)
17th - NY Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2
17th - USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
17th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
18th - 5th meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets win & eliminate Giants from playoffs
18th - Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
18th - Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats England by 8 wickets
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson 19th - NASA unviels plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars
19th - Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation
19th - Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
20th - Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's dept store, London
20th - NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years
20th - Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected pres of Sri Lanka
21st - Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
21st - Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
21st - Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
22nd - 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ
22nd - South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa
22nd - Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast
26th - "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances
26th - Anti African student rebellion in China PR
27th - Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
28th - John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
28th - US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism
28th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
29th - Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
29th - Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
30th - Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US
30th - Former Soviet Pres Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-yr (bribery)
30th - Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 30th - North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial
31st - "The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolled over Soldier Field in Chicago during the second quarter of the Bears/Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cutting visibility to about 15-20 yards for the rest of the game (Bears win 20-12)

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