December 2 – Michael Jackson's world famous music video
for "Thriller" is broadcast
for the first time. It becomes the most often repeated and famous
music video of all time, increasing his own popularity and record
sales of the album "Thriller".
December 9 – The Australian Dollar is floated, by Federal
treasurer Paul Keating. Under the old
flexible peg system, the Reserve Bank bought and sold all
Australian dollars and cleared the market at the end of the day.
This initiative is taken by the government of Bob Hawke.
December 29 – The
Reverend Jesse Jackson travels to
Syria to secure
the release of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman, who has been in Syrian
captivity since being shot down over the country during a