December 1988 in History

Events in History

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

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

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Dec 1 Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
  • Dec 2 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel
  • Dec 2 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
  • Dec 2 UN votes 151-2 (Israel and US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Great Britain abstains
  • Dec 3 NY Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48)
  • Dec 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 5 NC federal grand jury indict PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud & conspiracy
  • Dec 5 Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite
  • Dec 6 Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 6 Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 6 Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose

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Dec 6 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
  • Dec 6 STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
  • Dec 7 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
  • Dec 7 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN

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Dec 7 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
  • Dec 9 The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
  • Dec 12 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • Dec 12 NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
  • Dec 12 PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist
  • Dec 13 3 men end 29-hr all-466-station subway ride in NYC
  • Dec 13 Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • Dec 14 Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures
  • Dec 14 US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs)
  • Dec 16 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
  • Dec 17 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
  • Dec 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 5th meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets win & eliminate Giants from playoffs
  • Dec 19 NASA unviels plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars
  • Dec 19 Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
  • Dec 20 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's dept store, London
  • Dec 20 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka
  • Dec 21 Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
  • Dec 21 Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
  • Dec 21 Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • Dec 22 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ
  • Dec 22 South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa
  • Dec 22 Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast
  • Dec 26 Anti African student rebellion in China PR
  • Dec 27 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
  • Dec 28 John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • Dec 28 US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
  • Dec 30 Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US
  • Dec 30 Former Soviet Pres Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-yr (bribery)
  • Dec 30 Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard
  • Dec 31 "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)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz
  • Dec 2 Edward EMG baron Downpatrick, grandson of English prince Edward
  • Dec 11 Murugan Thiruchelvam, English chess prodigy

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 10 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer (b. 1908)
  • Dec 21 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81


Dec 22 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes
  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)