December 1988 calendar

December 1988

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1988.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1988: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1988?


  • 01 Dec 1988 New York Islanders greatest shutout loss (8-0) versus Saint Louis Blues.
  • 02 Dec 1988 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
  • 03 Dec 1988 New York Lotto pays US$45 million to twelve winners (numbers are 1-8-13-18-28-48).
  • 04 Dec 1988 Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
  • 05 Dec 1988 North Carolina federal grand jury indicts PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud and conspiracy.
  • 06 Dec 1988 Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
  • 07 Dec 1988 6.9 earthquake in Armenia, Spitak destroyed, 60,000 killed
  • 08 Dec 1988 Famous vocalist Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack
  • 09 Dec 1988 The last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant roll off the assembly line in a Chrysler factory.
  • 10 Dec 1988 Washington Capitals' first NHL scoreless tie, versus Montreal Canadiens.
  • 12 Dec 1988 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • 13 Dec 1988 Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • 14 Dec 1988 US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Organization (first time in 13 years).
  • 15 Dec 1988 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
  • 16 Dec 1988 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud.
  • 17 Dec 1988 USS Tennessee, first submarine to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned.
  • 18 Dec 1988 Seattle Seahawks win their first ever division title with 9-7 record.
  • 19 Dec 1988 NASA unveils plans for lunar colony and manned missions to Mars.
  • 20 Dec 1988 NBC signs lease to stay in New York City for 33 more years.
  • 21 Dec 1988 New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
  • 22 Dec 1988 Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gallons on 300 miles of Western Australia and British Columbia coast.
  • 26 Dec 1988 Legs Diamond opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • 27 Dec 1988 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than three decades.
  • 28 Dec 1988 John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • 29 Dec 1988 Soviet Red Army hockey team edges New York Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
  • 30 Dec 1988 Oliver North subpoenas Ronald Reagan and George Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1988?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley
  2. - Look Awayyoutube
  3. - Every Rose Has Its Thornyoutube
  4. - My Prerogativeyoutube
  5. - How Can I Fall?

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mistletoe And Wine
  2. - Especially For You
  3. - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  4. - Always On My Mind
  5. - Crackers International (EP)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prithvi Vallabh

Prithvi Vallabh

Directed by: Sohrab Modi

Starring: Sadiq Ali, Durga Khote, Leela Mishra, Sohrab Modi


Which were the most popular books released in December 1988?
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A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic


Last night, while I lay thinking here,Some Whatifs crawled inside my earAnd pranced and partied all night longAnd sang their same old Whatif song:Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif

Gracie by George Burns



"SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE..." With those now familiar words, George Burns and Gracie Allen bid farewell to devoted audiences at the end of each of their broadcasts throughout the Golden Age of

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express


This holiday season, remind everyone that the world is full of wonder - all one must do is look for it, and listen...and believe. This lavish, limited edition box set will bring the magic into your home and enchant all …

The Sands Of Time by Sidney Sheldon

The Sands Of Time


Spain. A land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. From the vengeance of a pitiless tyrant, four women flee the sacred, once-safe walls of a convent: LUCIA, the proud survivor harboring a murderous secret from the savage clan wars of …

A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan

A Bright Shining Lie


ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF OUR TIME25th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONWhen he came to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the one clear-sighted participant in an enterpirse riddled