Historical Events in 1988

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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 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 24 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • Jan 27 Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony Kennedy to US Supreme Court
  • Jan 28 "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jan 28 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
  • Jan 29 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • Jan 29 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • Jan 30 Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
  • Jan 31 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 3 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS

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Feb 4 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 4 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 5 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham
  • Feb 5 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
  • Feb 7 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • Feb 13 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)

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Feb 14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

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

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

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

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
  • Mar 2 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • Mar 5 Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • Mar 6 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
  • Mar 6 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
  • Mar 6 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
  • Mar 6 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • Mar 6 Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament

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

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

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Mar 10 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 10 NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

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

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Mar 20 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 20 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 21 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 22 US Congress overrides President Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill
  • Mar 22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
  • Mar 26 Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • Mar 27 Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 29 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 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 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

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Mar 31 NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

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