On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1988

Historical Events


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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

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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

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Televangelist
Jim Bakker
  • 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
1988 Highlights

About December 5, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 7 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius