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
  • 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.
  • 01 Dec 1988 World AIDS Day is proclaimed worldwide by the UN member states.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1988?

The Cardinal Of The Kremlin by Tom Clancy

The Cardinal Of The Kremlin


Two men have vital information about Russia's Star Wars missile defence system. CARDINAL, America's top agent in the Kremlin, is one of the two men. He's about be fired by the KGB.

The First Salute by Barbara W. Tuchman

The First Salute


Barbara W. Tuchman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Guns of August. With this insightful, brilliant narrative about the Revolutionary War, she turns her sights homeward.

Zoya by Danielle Steel



Zoya, a young cousin to the Tsar flees St. Petersburg for safety against the backdrop of World War I Europe and the Russian Revolution. She is forever changed by the events in her life and she joins Paris' Ballet Russe.

The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelley

The Home Planet


The Home Planet was prepared under the auspices of the Association of Space Explorers in collaboration with the Soviet agency Mir. It conveys the human dimension like no other book.

Child Star by Shirley Temple Black

Child Star


Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple was a curly-haired moppet with a sassy smile that lit up the screen. Her irrepressible spirit won America's hearts.