What Happened in August 1988

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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11th 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
  • 12th Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Divorces

  • 30th Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen

Famous Deaths

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

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

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