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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 6 Yasser Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 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 kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
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 Yasser 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 unveils 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 department 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 Nanjing, China
  • 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 President 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

CommunicationThe 1988 Fog Bowl

Dec 31 "The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolls over Soldier Field in Chicago during second quarter of the Bears vs Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cuts visibility to 15-20 yards (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

MurderAssassination

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

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
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)