What Happened in June 1988

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 1 "Morton Downey Jr Show" debuts in TV syndication
  • Jun 1 Train crash in Zeeland Neth, kills 2
  • Jun 2 61st National Spell Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
  • Jun 2 Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile
  • Jun 3 "Big" premieres in US
  • Jun 3 Margo Adams sues Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony
  • Jun 4 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly & Phantom of the Opera win
  • Jun 4 Longest game in Balt Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 4 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 5 1st Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $590,000
  • Jun 5 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone
  • Jun 5 Laura Davies wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Jun 5 Longest champagne cork flight is 177'9 in NY
  • Jun 5 Russian orthodox church celebrates 1,000th anniversary

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 87th Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Henri Leconte (7-5, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 87th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Natalia Zvereva (6-0, 6-0)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers
  • Jun 6 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • Jun 6 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • Jun 7 Aluminum contaminates Cornwall's water supply
  • Jun 8 Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • Jun 9 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • Jun 9 Attorney General Meese orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • Jun 11 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

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Jun 11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • Jun 11 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
  • Jun 11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • Jun 11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London
  • Jun 11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • Jun 11 Yanks' Rick Rhoden becomes 1st pitcher to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI)
  • Jun 12 6th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Billy Casper
  • Jun 12 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy
  • Jun 12 Mei-Chi Cheng wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 12 The Republic of Ireland beats England 1-0 at Euro88 thanks to a headed goal by Ray Houghton. This is Ireland's first competitive match at a major football tournament.
  • Jun 13 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
  • Jun 13 Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East
  • Jun 13 Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

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Jun 13 George Harrison releases "This is Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist
  • Jun 14 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000 alleges he hit her
  • Jun 15 NASA launches space vehicle S-213
  • Jun 15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
  • Jun 16 Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
  • Jun 16 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

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Jun 17 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jun 17 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
  • Jun 17 Soyuz TM-5 launches
  • Jun 17 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
  • Jun 18 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 19 88th US Golf Open: Curtis Strange shoots a 278 at Country Club Mass
  • Jun 19 Namphy takes control of Haitian government
  • Jun 19 Shirley Furlong wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 19 World's Largest Sausage completed at 13 1/8 miles long
  • Jun 19 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • Jun 20 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved
  • Jun 20 Curtis Strange wins US Open golf tournament
  • Jun 20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • Jun 20 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
  • Jun 20 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • Jun 20 Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women & minorities
  • Jun 21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 21 Many killed at demonstration against general Ne Win in Rangoon
  • Jun 21 Rascals begin 1st tour in 20 years
  • Jun 23 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
  • Jun 23 Yanks manager Billy Martin's 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager
  • Jun 24 Cleve pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
  • Jun 24 Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak
  • Jun 25 "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jun 25 104°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June

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Jun 25 Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Jun 25 Expos Pitcher Floyd Youmans suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Jun 25 Iceland's President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir elected (90+%)
  • Jun 25 Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 25 UEFA European Championship: Netherlands defeat Soviet Union 2-0 in Munich
  • Jun 25 Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuts in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
  • Jun 26 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • Jun 27 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
  • Jun 27 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • Jun 28 Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton
  • Jun 29 Emmy 15th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 9th time
  • Jun 30 "Sledge Hammer!" last aires on ABC-TV
  • Jun 30 Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason
  • Jun 30 Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won't move to Fla
  • Jun 30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
  • Jun 2 Sergio Agüero, Argentinian footballer
  • Jun 2 Patrik Berglund, Swedish hockey player
  • Jun 4 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • Jun 7 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)

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Jun 7 Michael Cera, Canadian actor (Arrested Development, Superbad), born in Brampton, Ontario

  • Jun 9 Mae Whitman, American Actress
  • Jun 11 Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress and model
  • Jun 14 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer
  • Jun 15 Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
  • Jun 16 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
  • Jun 16 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
  • Jun 17 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player
  • Jun 20 Shefali Chowdhury, Welsh actress
  • Jun 22 Kieran Lee, English football player
  • Jun 23 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • Jun 23 Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • Jun 27 Kate Ziegler, American swimmer
  • Jun 28 Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer
  • Jun 29 Éver Banega, Argentine footballer

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 17 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies
  • Jun 6 Ella Raines, actress (Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 66
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide
  • Jun 7 Vernon Washington, American actor (b. 1927)
  • Jun 8 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • Jun 8 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, president of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Nathan Cook, actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • Jun 19 Zdenek Blazek, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd, US football coach
  • Jun 22 Bramwell Fletcher, actor (Mummy, Raffles, Svengali), dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • Jun 22 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 23 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • Jun 23 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • Jun 25 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WW II), dies
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • Jun 27 Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies