On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1987

Historical Events

Sports History

Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

  • Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
  • Peruvian Navy Fokker F27-400M chartered by Alianza Lima FC crashes into Pacific Ocean 7 miles from Jorge Chávez International Airport near Callao; 43 killed, only pilot survives

Treaty of Interest

US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles


Famous Deaths

  • José Casanova, Peruvian soccer midfielder (10 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 23
  • José González, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (20 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 33
  • Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 59
1987 Highlights

About December 8, 1987

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 11 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Sagittarius