Historical Events in 1988

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  • Jan 1st Czech born tennis star Hana Mandikova becomes an Australian Citizen
  • Jan 1st Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • Jan 1st Year of the Reader begins
  • Jan 1st 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • Jan 1st 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • Jan 1st 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
  • Jan 1st 54th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #1 Oklahoma, 20-14
  • Jan 2nd Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Jan 2nd Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 2nd Right-wing guerrillas ambush a train near Mozambique's western border, killing at least 22 people and injuring 71.
  • Jan 3rd Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut

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Jan 3rd Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 8th 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • Jan 8th Dow Jones down 140.58 points
  • Jan 8th Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
  • Jan 8th US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
  • Jan 9th August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" premieres in Boston
  • Jan 9th US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Jan 10th "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • Jan 11th Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • Jan 11th USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • Jan 11th ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • Jan 12th Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 13th LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires
  • Jan 13th Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
  • Jan 15th Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes
  • Jan 15th Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record
  • Jan 15th Narendra Hirwani takes 16-136 (8-61 & 8-75) v WI on Test debut
  • Jan 16th 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 16th Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • Jan 16th NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • Jan 17th "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 17th Leslie Manigay elected president of Haiti
  • Jan 17th "The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance
  • Jan 17th AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • Jan 17th NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • Jan 18th Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board
  • Jan 19th "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jan 19th Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • Jan 20th Andre Hoffman skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Jan 20th Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham
  • Jan 21st US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children
  • Jan 22nd 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • Jan 22nd 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22nd Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

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Jan 23rd 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Michael Douglas, & Sally Kirkland win

  • Jan 23rd Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
  • Jan 24th 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • Jan 24th 9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"
  • Jan 24th Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 24th Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • Jan 24th NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

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Jan 24th 76th Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

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Jan 24th 76th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 24th 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25th 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

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Jan 25th George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jan 25th Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 25th Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as pres of Suriname

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Jan 25th VP George Bush & Dan Rather clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

US President George H. W. Bush
US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 26th "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 26th Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • Jan 27th Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court
  • Jan 28th "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jan 28th Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
  • Jan 29th Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Jan 29th Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29th Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • Jan 29th United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • Jan 30th Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
  • Jan 31st Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • Jan 31st Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • Feb 2nd David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 3rd Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS
  • Feb 4th Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
  • Feb 4th Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work

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Feb 5th 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5th Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham
  • Feb 5th Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • Feb 6th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 7th 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7th NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6

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Feb 7th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Feb 8th NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 9th 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9th NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 10th Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10th 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11th Anthony M Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12th 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13th 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13th Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13th European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13th Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • Feb 13th Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)

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Feb 14th 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Feb 14th Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay

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Feb 14th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 14th 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • Feb 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16th 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • Feb 17th Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • Feb 17th US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • Feb 18th Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • Feb 19th Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • Feb 20th 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Feb 20th Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Feb 20th Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • Feb 20th Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Feb 20th Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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Feb 20th Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Feb 20th Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 20th Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • Feb 21st Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • Feb 21st Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • Feb 22nd Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)
  • Feb 23rd Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • Feb 23rd Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
  • Feb 24th Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • Feb 24th South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24th Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • Feb 25th Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love Tour" begins in Worcester, Mass
  • Feb 25th South Korea adopts constitution
  • Feb 26th Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • Feb 27th Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 27th Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • Feb 27th Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • Feb 27th Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28th 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28th Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Feb 28th Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 28th Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • Feb 29th KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • Feb 29th Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut
  • Feb 29th NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs
  • Feb 29th Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations
  • Mar 1st Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • Mar 1st Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Mar 1st Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile

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Mar 1st Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 2nd 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
  • Mar 2nd Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • Mar 5th Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • Mar 6th 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
  • Mar 6th 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers

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Mar 6th Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 6th Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • Mar 6th Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament

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Mar 7th Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Mar 7th Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 7th Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Mar 9th President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

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Mar 10th Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

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Mar 10th NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 11th Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
  • Mar 11th British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • Mar 13th 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)
  • Mar 13th 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • Mar 13th 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • Mar 13th 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • Mar 15th Eugene Marino of Atlanta, appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • Mar 15th NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • Mar 15th NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • Mar 16th Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • Mar 16th North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • Mar 16th US sends 3,000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
  • Mar 17th "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • Mar 17th Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • Mar 17th Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • Mar 19th 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 19th Yvonne van Gennip skates un-official world record 10 km (15:25.25)
  • Mar 20th David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in NYC

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Mar 20th Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 20th Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 20th Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21st 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Mar 22nd Congress overrides Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill
  • Mar 22nd WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24th "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 24th Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25th "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 25th NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 25th Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
  • Mar 26th Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27th Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 27th Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27th Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27th Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27th Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • Mar 27th Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase
  • Mar 29th "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 29th US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30th 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Mar 30th Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31st Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

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Mar 31st NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Mar 31st Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for "Beloved"
  • Apr 2nd Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • Apr 2nd Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • Apr 3rd 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott