On This Day

December 7, 1988 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • 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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

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

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

Deaths in History

  • Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
1988 in History