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

Historic Event

Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

Contract of Interest

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

  • NHL NY Islanders fire head coach Terry Simpson, and replace him with former coach Al Arbour

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Asia Ray Smith, American actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Kaimuki, Hawaii
  • Benjamin Clementine [Sainte-ClĂ©mentine], British vocalist, composer, musician, and poet (At Least For Now), born in London
  • 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? 32 years, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius