On This Day

What Happened in December 1993

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Northwest Airlink plane crashes in Minn, killing 18
  • Dec 1 St Louis Blues' Bob Berry coaches his 800th career NHL game, a 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto; also coached LA Kings, Montreal Canadiens & Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Dec 2 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 2 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
  • Dec 2 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches

NBA Record

Dec 2 Houston Rockets score a 94-85 win over the Knicks at New York’s Madison Square Garden, recording their 15th straight win to start the season; tie Washington Capitols' all-time NBA record 1948-49; streak ends next game

World Record

Dec 4 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.92 sec)

  • Dec 4 Johann Koss skates world record 5K (6:35.53)
  • Dec 4 A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • Dec 4 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
  • Dec 5 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Dec 5 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • Dec 5 Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space
  • Dec 5 Rafael Caldera elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 5 The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
  • Dec 6 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 5 km 7:13.29
  • Dec 7 Henri Konan Bedie names himself President of Ivory coast

Music History

Dec 7 American singer Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

  • Dec 7 The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
  • Dec 8 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria

Music Awards

Dec 8 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

  • Dec 8 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
  • Dec 8 Storm hits western Europe, 11 killed in England
  • Dec 9 "My Fair Lady" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Dec 9 Ivory Coast Premier Ouattara resigns
  • Dec 10 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67
  • Dec 10 "Doom" pioneering first-person shooter video game is uploaded onto the internet by id Software
  • Dec 11 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • Dec 11 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle elected President of Chile
  • Dec 12 "Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 12 "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • Dec 12 WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in NYC
  • Dec 13 Deadline for Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they don't
  • Dec 13 Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
  • Dec 13 Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed
  • Dec 13 Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands
  • Dec 13 "I Swear" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • Dec 14 Muslim fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria

Film Premiere

Dec 14 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

  • Dec 15 C-130 flies into a Philippines hill & explodes, 16 killed
  • Dec 15 Haitian premier Robert Malval resigns
  • Dec 15 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
  • Dec 15 Lee Aspen resigns as secretary of defense
  • Dec 15 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed

Historic Event

Dec 15 British Prime Minister John Major and Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination

  • Dec 16 "Red Shoes" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film & TV History

Dec 16 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210

  • Dec 17 Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
  • Dec 17 Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)
  • Dec 17 Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse
  • Dec 18 Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)
  • Dec 18 The MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel and casino first opens as the largest hotel complex in the world (since surpassed)
  • Dec 19 Marsha Norman, Bob Merrill, and Jule Styne's fairy tale musical "Red Shoes", directed by Stanley Donen, closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 5 performances; loses nearly $8 million
  • Dec 21 "The Sign" single released in the US by Ace of Base (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • Dec 26 Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
  • Dec 27 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • Dec 27 Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93
  • Dec 28 Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49
  • Dec 28 Dutch Antilles government of Yandi Paula forms
  • Dec 28 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)

Music Concert

Dec 28 Andrea Bocelli makes his classical debut singing at a concert at Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia

  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Italian striker Roberto Baggio is named Europe's best football player ahead of Inter forward Dennis Bergkamp and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona

Music History

Dec 29 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment

  • Dec 29 Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)
  • Dec 30 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 30 Vatican recognizes Israel

Music Concert

Dec 31 Barbra Streisand performs her 1st public concert in 20 years before a sell-out crows of over 25,000 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Kostas Stafylidis, Greek soccer left back (30 caps; 1899 Hoffenheim), born in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
  • Dec 3 Marques Brownlee, American Youtuber (MKBHD) and ultimate frisbee player, born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 6 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba
  • Dec 8 Anna Sophia Robb, American actress (Bridge to Terabithia; The Carrie Diaries), born in Denver, Colorado

Yalitza Aparicio

Dec 11 Yalitza Aparicio, Mexican actress (Roma), born in Tlaxiaco, Mexico

  • Dec 16 Stephan James, Canadian actor (Homecoming), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 22 Aliana Lohan, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York City

Gabriel Medina

Dec 22 Gabriel Medina, Brazilian professional surfer (World Champion 2014), born in São Sebastião, São Paulo

  • Dec 22 Meghan Trainor, American Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter ("All About That Bass"), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Ryan Blaney, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2020 runner-up), born in Hartford Township, Trumbull County, Ohio

Famous Weddings

Darryl Strawberry

Dec 3 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) weds Charisse Simon (26)

  • Dec 5 American actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39)

Boris Becker

Dec 17 Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds designer Barbara Feltus (27); divorce in 2001

  • Dec 18 General Hospital co-stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed

Wedding of Interest

Dec 20 Businessman Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel

Rodney Dangerfield

Dec 26 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41) at Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Billy Ray Cyrus

Dec 28 Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (32) weds Leticia "Tish" Finley (26)

  • Dec 30 Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)
  • Dec 31 Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

Wayne Brady

Dec 31 Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43
  • Dec 2 Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), dies at 85

Pablo Escobar

Dec 2 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

  • Dec 3 Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • Dec 3 Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40

Frank Zappa

Dec 4 Frank Zappa, American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), dies from prostate cancer at 52

  • Dec 4 Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar, dies at 68
  • Dec 4 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist and founder (Vakvereniging Medical Astrology), dies at 42
  • Dec 4 Margaret Landon, American author (Anna & the King of Siam), dies at 90
  • Dec 5 Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
  • Dec 5 Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86
  • Dec 5 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • Dec 6 Dominic "Don" Ameche, American actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • Dec 6 Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • Dec 6 Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • Dec 6 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • Dec 6 Desmond Barel Hirshfield, Lord Hirshfield, British chartered accountant, dies at 80
  • Dec 7 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • Dec 8 Andre Cerf, French actor and film maker (Nana), dies at 93
  • Dec 8 Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • Dec 9 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • Dec 9 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • Dec 10 Maroun Bagdadi, Lebanese film director (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies in an accident at 43
  • Dec 10 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), dies at 91
  • Dec 11 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • Dec 11 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian-French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • Dec 12 Gerard Nabrink, Dutch anarchist and co-founder (NVSH), dies at 90
  • Dec 12 Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • Dec 12 Jozsef Antall, historian/premier of Hungary (1990-93), dies at 61
  • Dec 12 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87

Myrna Loy

Dec 14 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), dies at 88

  • Dec 16 Bentri Seddik, Algerian court judge, murdered at 46
  • Dec 16 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Moses Gunn, American actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft) who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company (The Blacks, The Poison Tree), dies of asthma at 64
  • Dec 16 Ratu Penaia Ganilau, president of Fiji (1987-93), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer (Volkskrant), dies at 68
  • Dec 16 Charizma, American Hip-Hop MC (b. 1973)
  • Dec 16 Charizma [Charles Hicks], American rapper, killed in a mugging at 20
  • Dec 17 Janet Margolin, American actress (Annie Hall), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • Dec 18 Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor (Private Benjamin), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • Dec 19 Anthonius AM "Ton" Kors, writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
  • Dec 19 Antoon Veerman, Dutch ARP asst sect of Education (1973-75), dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), dies of liver failure at 47
  • Dec 20 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • Dec 21 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100
  • Dec 22 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Whiskey Galore!), dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Don DeFore, American actor (George-Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
  • Dec 23 Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92
  • Dec 24 Alexander Mackendrick, American-born Scottish director (Lady Killers), dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman, broadcaster (The Art Of Living), and author (The Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
  • Dec 24 Yen Chia-kan, PM/President of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
  • Dec 25 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 26 Jeff Morrow [Leslie Irving Morrow], American actor (Robe, Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), dies at 86
  • Dec 27 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • Dec 28 Alfonso Balcazar, Spanish film director, dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Howard Caine [Cohen], American actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • Dec 28 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Desportes, French composer (Seven Abstract Poems), dies at 86 [1]
  • Dec 29 Frunzik [Mher Mkrtchyan], Armenian actor (Mimino, Kidnapping, Caucasian Style), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 30 Mack David, American songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 Irving Paul Lazar, American talent agent, dies of kidney failure at 86
  • Dec 30 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (Contribution to the discovery of the pion or pi-meson decay), dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81
  • Dec 31 Arthur Dreifuss, director and producer (Murder in Amsterdam), dies at 85
  • Dec 31 Lambert Fokkema, founder Dutch Export Combination, dies at 80
  • Dec 31 Thomas J. Watson Jr., American businessman and politician (President of IBM, 1952-1971, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1979-1981), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Dec 31 Zviad Gamsachurdia, President of Georgia SSR (1991-1993), suicide at 54
  • Dec 31 Brandon Teena, American trans man and hate crime victim, murdered at 21