On This Day

December 1987 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
  • Dec 2 Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
  • Dec 2 Jennifer Steele, 17, of Colorado becomes Miss Teen of America [Approx]
  • Dec 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 4 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (13:48.51)
  • Dec 5 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)
  • Dec 6 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"
  • Dec 6 Christa Rothenburger skates female world record 500m (39.39 sec)
  • Dec 7 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

Summit of Interest

Dec 7 Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting

  • Dec 7 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
  • Dec 8 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
  • Dec 8 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
  • Dec 8 Peruvian Navy Fokker F27-400M chartered by Alianza Lima FC crashes into Pacific Ocean 7 miles from Jorge Chávez International Airport near Callao; 43 killed, only pilot survives
  • Dec 9 Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank
  • Dec 11 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
  • Dec 12 Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers
  • Dec 13 Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election
  • Dec 13 Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28
  • Dec 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 14 Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new
  • Dec 16 Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
  • Dec 17 Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak resigns
  • Dec 18 Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
  • Dec 20 Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector in Philippine waters, 4,386 die in world's deadliest peacetime maritime disaster
  • Dec 21 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
  • Dec 21 Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts - Vladimir Titov, Musa Manarov, and Anatoli Levchenko - to space station Mir. Titov and Manarov stay in space for just under 366 days, setting a new spaceflight record

Historic Event

Dec 23 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison

  • Dec 25 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
  • Dec 30 Australia hang on for draw v New Zealand at MCG, 1 wkt left 17 runs short

Election of Interest

Dec 30 Premier Mugabe elected President of Zimbabwe


Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Cuban performance poet and activist, born in Havan, Cuba
  • Dec 17 Chelsea [born Bradley] Manning, US soldier who released WikiLeaks, born in Crescent, Oklahoma

Weddings in History

Benazir Bhutto

Dec 18 Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future Prime Minister, marries Asif Ali Zardari

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, American Air force officer and astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, American writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist, dies at 73
  • Dec 11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 16 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, Dutch cardinal of Utrecht Netherlands, dies at 87
  • Dec 21 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • Dec 24 Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (PVDA, 1973-77), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China, dies at 90
  • Dec 27 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • Dec 28 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • Dec 31 [Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60