Historical Events in December 1988

  • 1st 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless

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1st Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 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

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4th Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 4th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 5th NC federal grand jury indict PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud & conspiracy
  • 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)

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6th Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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

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7th Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 7th NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach

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7th Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB 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

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12th Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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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
  • 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
  • 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

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30th North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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)