On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1988

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)

  • 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
  • PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Famous Deaths

  • Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
1988 Highlights

About December 12, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius