December 1990 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Dec 2 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • Dec 2 First time 12 people in space at the same time
  • Dec 2 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
  • 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 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty
  • Dec 5 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Saddam Hussein announces release of all foreign hostages

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Dec 6 Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100
  • Dec 7 Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages
  • Dec 8 Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
  • Dec 8 Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 9 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's 1st direct presidential election in Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 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 Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 13 South African President F. W. 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
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Dec 13 US Secretary of State Baker questions Iraq's seriousness about Middle East peace
  • 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 announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. 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 Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
  • Dec 23 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
  • Dec 24 Saddam Hussein says Israel will be Iraq's 1st target
  • 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 28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Jan H de Groot, Dutch co-founder (Vrij Nederland), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, dies at 90

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • Dec 5 Steven Shaw, dies at 25

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Dec 7 Horst Bienek, writer, dies at 60
  • Dec 7 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (b. 1904)
  • Dec 10 Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • Dec 13 Friedrich Dörrenmatt, Swiss writer (Besuch der alten Dame), dies at 69
  • Dec 14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer, dies of heart failure at 69
  • Dec 14 Johannes von Thurn und Taxis, prince in Germany, dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Douglas Campbell, American pilot (b. 1896)
  • Dec 21 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • Dec 24 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • Dec 25 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • Dec 26 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • Dec 28 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • Dec 28 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • Dec 31 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62