Historical Events in December 1990

  • Dec 1 56th Heisman Trophy Award: Ty Detmer, Brigham Young (QB)
  • Dec 1 British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
  • Dec 1 Hissène Habré of Chad flees to Cameroon
  • Dec 1 Iraq accepts Bush's offer for talks
  • Dec 1 Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia hold their 1st joint session

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Dec 1 NY Knicks Patrick Ewing scores 50 points beating Charlotte 113-96

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Dec 1 55th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 16-7 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • Dec 2 First time 12 people in space at the same time
  • Dec 2 79th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in St Petersburg (3-2)
  • Dec 2 Beth Daniel/Davis Love wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 2 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
  • Dec 3 NL batting champ Willie McGee signs as a free agent with SF Giants
  • Dec 4 Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC
  • Dec 4 Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
  • Dec 4 An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable
  • Dec 5 Blue Jays trade F McGriff & T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar & J Carter
  • Dec 5 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty
  • Dec 5 Brish British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination
  • Dec 5 Iraq announces willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis
  • Dec 6 NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Dec 6 Saddam anounces release of all foriegn hostages
  • Dec 6 Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100

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Dec 7 Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein

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Dec 7 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Dec 8 Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
  • Dec 8 Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)

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Dec 9 Betsy King wins Itoman LPGA World Match Play Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Dec 9 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)
  • Dec 9 Houston scores most points against Cleveland, Oilers 58, Browns 14
  • Dec 9 Lech Walesa wins presidental election in Poland
  • Dec 9 NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard
  • Dec 9 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 10 Hindu-Muslim rebellion in Hyderabad-Aligargh India, 140 die
  • Dec 10 Soyuz TM-10 lands
  • Dec 10 Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands
  • Dec 11 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog
  • Dec 11 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
  • Dec 12 US accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks
  • Dec 12 US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell, leaves Kuwait
  • Dec 13 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Dec 13 Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die

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Dec 13 South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 13 US Secretary of State Baker questions Iraq's seriousness about Middle East peace

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Dec 14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • Dec 14 Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later
  • Dec 16 Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected President of Haiti
  • Dec 16 KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions
  • Dec 16 Rev Jean Betrand Aristide elected president of Haiti
  • Dec 17 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
  • Dec 18 NL releases short list of teams for 1993 NL expansion
  • Dec 18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • Dec 18 Bush reiterates his "no concessions" stance against Iraq
  • Dec 20 Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15
  • Dec 20 Robert F X Sillerman purchases WAFL NY-NJ Knights for $11 million
  • Dec 20 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns
  • Dec 21 Steve & Mark Waugh complete 464* partnership for NSW v WA
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait
  • Dec 22 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen
  • Dec 22 Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president

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Dec 22 Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Dec 23 "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances
  • Dec 23 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia

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Dec 24 Expos trade Tim Raines to White Sox for Ivan Calderon & Barry Jones

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 25 "The Godfather Part III" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

  • Dec 25 The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.
  • Dec 26 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
  • Dec 26 Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's NY-NJ Knights
  • Dec 26 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
  • Dec 28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • Dec 28 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • Dec 30 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • Dec 30 11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000
  • Dec 31 Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds
  • Dec 31 Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • Dec 31 United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace