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)
  • 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

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 8 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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 to space station Mir
  • Dec 21 Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov launched
  • Dec 22 Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdoses from heroin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 30 Premier Mugabe elected President of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 17 Chelsea [born Bradley] Manning, US soldier who released WikiLeaks, born in Crescent, Oklahoma
  • Dec 20 Tariel Zintiridis, Greek judoka, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Dec 26 Adam Walker, British flautist, born in Redingham, Nottinghamshire

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, 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 1987
  • 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