On This Day

Historical Events in December 1990

  • Dec 1 56th Heisman Trophy Award: Ty Detmer, Brigham Young (QB)
  • Dec 1 British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)

Historic Event

Dec 1 Hissène Habré of Chad flees to Cameroon

  • Dec 1 Iraq accepts Bush's offer for talks
  • Dec 1 Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia hold their 1st joint session

Sports History

Dec 1 New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing scores career high 22 field goals in his 50 point haul in 113-96 win v Charlotte at Madison Square Garden

  • Dec 1 55th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 16-7 in Birmingham

Davis Cup

Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, St. Petersburg, Florida: Rick Leach and Jim Pugh beat Australian pair Pat Cash and John Fitzgerald 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 to clinch an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-2) for the US

  • Dec 2 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • Dec 2 First time 12 people in space at the same time
  • Dec 2 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit
  • Dec 4 Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC
  • Dec 4 Iraq announces it will release all 3,300 Soviet hostages
  • Dec 4 An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable
  • Dec 5 Blue Jays trade F McGriff & T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar & J Carter
  • Dec 5 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty

Historic Event

Dec 5 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination

  • Dec 5 Iraq announces willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis
  • Dec 6 NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning

Historic Event

Dec 6 Saddam Hussein announces release of all foreign hostages

  • Dec 6 Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature sells, at aucton, for $23,100
  • Dec 7 Iraqi Parliament endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages

Engagement of Interest

Dec 7 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

  • Dec 8 Spacecraft Galileo flies by Earth at an altitude of 597 miles (960 km) to use the planet's gravity to build speed on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • Dec 8 Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Dec 9 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)
  • Dec 9 Houston scores most points against Cleveland, Oilers 58, Browns 14

Election of Interest

Dec 9 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's 1st direct presidential election in Poland

  • Dec 9 NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard
  • Dec 9 23rd NAACP Image Awards: "Coming to America" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 10 Hindu-Muslim rebellion in Hyderabad-Aligargh India, 140 die
  • Dec 10 Soyuz TM-10 lands
  • Dec 10 Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands
  • Dec 11 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog
  • Dec 11 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
  • Dec 12 US accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks
  • Dec 12 US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell, leaves Kuwait
  • Dec 13 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances
  • Dec 13 Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die
  • Dec 13 US Secretary of State Baker questions Iraq's seriousness about Middle East peace

Music History

Dec 14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

  • Dec 14 Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later
  • Dec 16 Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected President of Haiti
  • Dec 16 KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions
  • Dec 17 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
  • Dec 18 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Washington, D.C. as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
  • Dec 18 Bush reiterates his "no concessions" stance against Iraq
  • Dec 20 Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15
  • Dec 20 Robert F X Sillerman purchases WAFL NY-NJ Knights for $11 million
  • Dec 20 The world's first website and server go live at CERN
  • Dec 21 Steve & Mark Waugh complete 464* partnership for NSW v WA
  • Dec 22 Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait
  • Dec 22 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen
  • Dec 22 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president

Sports History

Dec 22 Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

  • Dec 23 Comedy "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC after 284 performances
  • Dec 23 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia

Sports History

Dec 24 Expos trade Tim Raines to White Sox for Ivan Calderon & Barry Jones

Film Premiere

Dec 25 "The Godfather Part III" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

  • Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Inter's German sweeper Lothar Matthäus is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus striker Salvatore Schillaci and Inter defender Andreas Brehme
  • Dec 26 Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's NY-NJ Knights
  • Dec 26 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
  • Dec 27 Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames, 4-1 to record their 500th all-time NHL victory; set in just 915 games for a record of 500-295-120, good for a winning % of .612; best in history upon reaching milestone
  • Dec 28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • Dec 28 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • Dec 30 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • Dec 30 11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000
  • Dec 31 Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds
  • Dec 31 Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • Dec 31 United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace