What Happened in August 1988

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon
  • Aug 1 Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.
  • Aug 2 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • Aug 2 System Enhancement Association settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)
  • Aug 3 Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to NYC
  • Aug 4 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II
  • Aug 4 Hertz car rental will pay out $23 million in consumer fraud case
  • Aug 4 21st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • Aug 5 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
  • Aug 6 Oakland A's Jose Canseco becomes 11th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases
  • Aug 6 Rich Gossage 300th career save (beats Phillies)
  • Aug 6 The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7.
  • Aug 7 Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
  • Aug 7 Writers guild ends its 6 months strike
  • Aug 7 Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
  • Aug 7 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • Aug 8 -11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed

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Aug 8 9th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Aug 8 Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • Aug 8 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
  • Aug 8 Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • Aug 8 Goose Gossage registers career save #300
  • Aug 8 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • Aug 8 Jose Canseco becomes 11th to get 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
  • Aug 8 Matt Biondi swims US record 200m freestyle (1:47.72)
  • Aug 8 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2
  • Aug 8 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years
  • Aug 8 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
  • Aug 8 US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia
  • Aug 8 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • Aug 8 Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC
  • Aug 8 Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
  • Aug 8 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Aug 8 The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma.
  • Aug 9 Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field

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Aug 9 Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Aug 9 Just 1 day after 8/8/88 NY's daily number is 888
  • Aug 10 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)
  • Aug 10 Rodrigo Borja installed as president of Ecuador
  • Aug 10 UN estimates Asia's population hits 3 billion
  • Aug 11 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
  • Aug 11 Charlotte Colisieum in Charlotte NC opens
  • Aug 11 Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament

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Aug 11 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Aug 12 Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released

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Aug 12 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 12 Boston Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home
  • Aug 12 Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox win AL record 24 straight home games
  • Aug 13 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit opens
  • Aug 13 US beats Jamacia 5-1 in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Aug 13 Ronald J Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min
  • Aug 14 70th PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman shoots a 272 at Oak Tree GC Edmond
  • Aug 14 Detroit beats Sox, 18-6, at Fenway, ends Boston winning streak at 24
  • Aug 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Aug 15 At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts
  • Aug 15 NYC begins $70 million program to rebuild 900 Bronx apartments
  • Aug 16 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400 m (43.29)
  • Aug 16 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
  • Aug 16 Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers
  • Aug 17 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
  • Aug 17 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • Aug 17 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
  • Aug 17 US Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for President
  • Aug 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 17 Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • Aug 18 FDA approves Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment
  • Aug 18 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million
  • Aug 18 Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
  • Aug 19 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • Aug 19 Muang Muang succeeds Gen Sein Lwin as president of Burma
  • Aug 19 NY Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy LaFluer
  • Aug 20 6.5 earthquake strikes India/Nepal, 1,000s killed
  • Aug 20 Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria sets 100m hurdle woman's record (12.21)
  • Aug 20 "Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 20 Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Aug 21 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
  • Aug 22 Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
  • Aug 22 NBC premieres "Later" with Bob Costas (1st guest Linda Ellerbee)
  • Aug 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Aug 23 Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Aug 25 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • Aug 25 Serious fire destroys historic center of Lisbon
  • Aug 25 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
  • Aug 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-214
  • Aug 26 Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
  • Aug 27 Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager tops Philadelphia, 4-2
  • Aug 28 40th Emmy Awards: 30something, Wonder Years & Richard Kiley win
  • Aug 28 70 killed in crash of three Italian air force fighters at air show at Ramstein, Germany
  • Aug 28 88th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Eric Meeks
  • Aug 28 Patty Jordan wins LPGA Ocean State Golf Open
  • Aug 28 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 29 Macy's Tap-o-Mania sets a Guinness record for tap dancing
  • Aug 29 USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
  • Aug 29 45th Venice Film Festival: "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 30 Kent Tekulve is 2nd pitcher in majors to appear in 1,000 games
  • Aug 31 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator George Nicolau rules owners conspired against free agents
  • Aug 31 Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5)
  • Aug 5 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
  • Aug 7 Melody Oliveria, American internet blogger
  • Aug 8 Beatrice E M, Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • Aug 8 Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player
  • Aug 11 Patrick Mills, Australian basketball player
  • Aug 12 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester
  • Aug 14 Shahd Barmada, Syrian singer
  • Aug 16 Rumer Willis, child of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Aug 16 Kevin Schmidt, American actor
  • Aug 17 Brady Corbet, American actor
  • Aug 17 Erika Toda, Japanese actress
  • Aug 18 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 19 Travis Tedford, American actor
  • Aug 21 Louise Setara, English singer-songwriter
  • Aug 21 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
  • Aug 23 Daniel Schwaab, German footballer

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Aug 24 Rupert Grint, English actor (Harry Potter), born in Harlow, Essex, England

  • Aug 25 Angela Park, Brazilian/American golfer
  • Aug 25 Raymond Quinn, English singer
  • Aug 26 Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
  • Aug 26 Danielle Savre, American actress
  • Aug 26 Evan Ross, American actor
  • Aug 27 Alexa Vega, American actress
  • Aug 28 Ray Jones, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 30 Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole in UK

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • Aug 30 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 30 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Florence Eldridge, Broadway actress (The Swan), dies at 86
  • Aug 1 John Cardinal Dearden, US cardinal, dies at 80
  • Aug 1 Trindad Silva, actor (Hill St Blues), dies at 38 in an auto accident
  • Aug 2 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • Aug 2 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (b. 1914)
  • Aug 6 Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • Aug 6 J Skelly Wright, US judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85
  • Aug 8 Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • Aug 9 Alan Napier, (Alfred the Butler-Batman), dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
  • Aug 10 Adela Rogers St John, journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
  • Aug 10 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama, dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Anne Ramsey, actress (Throw Mama From Train), dies of cancer at 59
  • Aug 11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • Aug 11 Pauline Lafont, daughter of Bernadette, dies in hiking accident at 25
  • Aug 12 Jean-Michel Basquiat, US musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies
  • Aug 13 Otto E Passman, (Rep-D-La, 1947-77), dies at 88
  • Aug 14 Enzo Ferrari, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • Aug 14 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Aug 15 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
  • Aug 16 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 17 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Aug 17 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • Aug 18 Alexandr V Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut, dies in SU-26 crash at 42

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Aug 18 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • Aug 21 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 21 Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Leonard Frey, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • Aug 24 Max Shulman, author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Price Daniel, (Gov/Sen-D-Texas), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Paul Francis Lloyd, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 26 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 27 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
  • Aug 28 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • Aug 28 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • Aug 30 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss Botanist, dies at 87