On This Day

What Happened on December 7, 1988

Historical Events

  • 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
  • Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach

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PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

AgreementContract of Interest

Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Famous Birthdays

  • Asia Ray Smith, American actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Kaimuki, Hawaii
  • Emily Browning, Australian actress (Ghost Ship), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 2012), born in Bremerton, Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
1988 Highlights

About December 7, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 11 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius