What Happened in October 1988

Historical Events

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

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Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

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

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

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

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

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Oct 21 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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Oct 22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

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

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

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

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Oct 26 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 months' advisory service

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Oct 26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • Oct 27 Larry Flynt paid hitman $1M to kill Hefner, Guccione & Sinatra
  • Oct 28 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister

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Oct 28 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • Oct 29 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • Oct 29 China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • Oct 29 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • Oct 30 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Cariba Heine, Australian actress
  • Oct 3 Tadhg Kelly, American actor
  • Oct 3 Alicia Vikander, actress (The Danish Girl), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 4 Derrick Rose, American basketball player (NY Knicks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 5 Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)
  • Oct 5 Bobby Edner, American actor
  • Oct 5 Maja Salvador, Filipina Actress
  • Oct 6 Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
  • Oct 6 Kayky Brito, Brazilian actor.
  • Oct 7 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)
  • Oct 14 MacKenzie Mauzy, American actress
  • Oct 14 Max Thieriot, American actor
  • Oct 16 Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer
  • Oct 20 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Oct 23 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player
  • Oct 24 Daniel Shalikar, actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid)
  • Oct 24 Joshua Shalikar, actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid)
  • Oct 30 Janel Parrish, American actress
  • Oct 31 Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 "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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Famous Deaths

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