What Happened in 1988

Significant Events

  • Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 24 Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • Aug 8 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Aug 19 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • Sep 3 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War
  • Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union
  • Nov 15 PLO proclaims State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence
  • Dec 1 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
  • Dec 7 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
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Did You Know?

Russian orthodox church celebrates it's 1,000th anniversary

On June 5, 1988


World Leaders in 1988

Famous People in 1988

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh
  • Jan 9 English earl of St Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli
  • Jan 17 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)
  • Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
  • Feb 14 General hospital TV star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 17 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
  • Jul 25 Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage
  • Aug 30 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen
  • Oct 7 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson
  • Oct 14 Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce & annulment
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