On This Day

December 1990 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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 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

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
  • 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 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 Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die
  • Dec 13 US Secretary of State Baker questions Iraq's seriousness about Middle East peace
  • 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
  • Dec 23 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
  • Dec 24 Saddam Hussein says Israel will be Iraq's 1st target
  • Dec 28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • Dec 30 11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000
  • Dec 31 Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds
  • Dec 31 United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Jan H de Groot, Dutch co-founder (Vrij Nederland), dies
  • Dec 5 Steven Shaw, dies at 25

Tunku Abdul Rahman

Dec 6 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87

  • Dec 7 Jean Paul Lemieux, Canadian painter, dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), dies at 47
  • Dec 10 Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • Dec 14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69
  • Dec 14 Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis, German businessman, dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, dies at 94
  • Dec 21 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • Dec 24 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • Dec 25 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • Dec 26 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • Dec 28 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • Dec 28 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • Dec 31 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62