What Happened in October 1988

Historical Events

  • 1st Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens
  • 1st Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

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1st Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and thus head of state of the Soviet Union

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 2nd 24th Olympic games close at Seoul, Korea
  • 2nd Gelindo Bordin wins 21st Olympics marathon (2:10:32)
  • 2nd Minnesota Twins are 1st AL club ever to break 3 million season attendance
  • 2nd Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections

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2nd Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his Bernardsville NJ manson during a domestic dispute

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 3rd 26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days
  • 3rd Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • 3rd Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • 3rd WBMW-FM, Wash DC changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • 4th Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • 5th Brazil adopts its Constitution
  • 5th Chilean population agrees at referendum against Pinochet regime
  • 5th Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • 6th Oakland A's sweep Boston Red Sox in 4 games for AL pennant
  • 7th Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of White Sox
  • 7th Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • 7th Lou Piniella is fired as manager of Yankees for 2nd time
  • 7th WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)
  • 8th Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • 8th Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • 9th 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • 9th 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • 9th Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • 9th MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 10th 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
  • 10th Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to manage the club in 1989
  • 10th NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winefred Sprockett
  • 12th George W H Bush & Michael Dukakis meet in 2nd debate
  • 12th Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

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12th Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 12th MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • 13th Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • 13th Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
  • 13th Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • 13th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 14th NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • 14th Naguib Mahfouz is 1st Arabic writer to win Nobel literature prize
  • 14th Crude oil prices jump in anticipation of possible production accord at Gulf Cooperation Council meeting set for October 16
  • 15th Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
  • 15th NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
  • 15th With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to gives Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series
  • 16th "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 16th Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • 17th 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • 17th Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • 17th Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • 17th Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • 17th Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title
  • 17th Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care"
  • 18th Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 19th 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • 19th Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • 19th Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • 19th Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • 19th South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • 19th US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows
  • 20th Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • 20th Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
  • 20th LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • 20th Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
  • 20th Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • 21st Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid

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21st Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos

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22nd Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 22nd Supreme Ct Justice Sandra Day O'Connor OK after breast cancer surgery
  • 23rd Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • 23rd Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate

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24th NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 24th Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released
  • 24th Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • 25th ABC News reports on potbellied pygmy pigs' popularity as pets
  • 25th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 25th "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera screens on US NBC newtwork
  • 25th Geraldo Rivera's "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" special on NBC

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26th Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service

Businessman & T.V. Personality Donald Trump
Businessman & T.V. Personality
Donald Trump
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 26th US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • 27th "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • 27th "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • 27th Larry Flynt paid hitman $1M to kill Hefner, Guccione & Sinatra
  • 28th Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister
  • 28th Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library
  • 29th 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • 29th China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • 29th Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • 29th First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • 30th 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot

Sport awardGolf Tournament

30th Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 30th Jim Elliott (US) completes 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • 30th NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time
  • 31st 19°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • 31st 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23
  • 31st Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Cariba Heine, Australian actress
  • 3rd Tadhg Kelly, American actor
  • 3rd Alicia Vikander, actress (The Danish Girl), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 5th Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)
  • 5th Bobby Edner, American actor
  • 5th Maja Salvador, Filipina Actress
  • 6th Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
  • 6th Kayky Brito, Brazilian actor.
  • 7th Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)
  • 14th MacKenzie Mauzy, American actress
  • 14th Max Thieriot, American actor
  • 16th Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer
  • 20th Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • 23rd Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player
  • 24th Daniel Shalikar, actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid)
  • 24th Joshua Shalikar, actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid)
  • 30th Janel Parrish, American actress
  • 31st Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver

Famous Weddings

  • 1st Robert Englund, actor who plays Freddie Kruger weds Nancy Booth

HeartWedding of Interest

3rd "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

7th Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • 2nd Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • 3rd Franz Josef Strauss, German FR min of defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • 3rd Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • 7th Billy Daniels, singer, dies of cancer at 73
  • 8th Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer, dies at 82
  • 9th Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Louis Pasteur), dies at 84
  • 9th Felix Wankel, developer of Wankel rotary engine, dies
  • 11th Bonita Granville, actress (The Lone Ranger, Hitler's Children), dies at 55
  • 11th Morgan Farley, actor (Open Secret), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 11th Wayland Flowers, ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 12th Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 12th Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • 13th Mike Venezia, jockey, dies in 5th-race fall at Belmont Race Track, NY
  • 14th Mary Morris, actress (Agitator, Double Door), dies
  • 18th Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 19th Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77
  • 19th Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 20th Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  • 25th Bill Cody, actor (Blazing Justice, Ghost City), dies at 75
  • 27th Charles Hawtrey, English actor (Carry On), dies near London at 73
  • 27th S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • 30th John Houseman, actor (Paper Chase), dies at 86
  • 30th Sugar Geise, actress (Rhythm Parade), dies after brief illness at 71
  • 30th T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 31st John Houseman, actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 31st Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)