What Happened on December 12, 1988

Historical Events

Film Premiere

"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

Sports History

Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment


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? 34 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Look Away - Chicago
  • UK #1 Song: Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard