On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Federal grand jury indicts The PTL Club founder and Christian evangelist Jim Bakker for fraud after he paid hush money to cover up an alleged rape
  • Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

Famous Birthdays

  • Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), born in Los Angeles, California