Historical Events for Year 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
Jan 2nd - Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement
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
Jan 3rd - Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
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
British Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 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 perfs
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
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson Jan 22nd - Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
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
Jan 24th - NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
Jan 24th - 76th Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6)
Jan 24th - 76th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6)
Tennis Player Steffi GrafTennis Player Steffi Graf Jan 24th - 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
Jan 25th - 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston
Jan 25th - George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
Jan 25th - Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
Jan 25th - Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as pres of Suriname
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
Jan 26th - "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ perfs
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
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush 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
WWF Wrestler Hulk HoganWWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan Feb 5th - 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan
Feb 5th - Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham
Feb 5th - Panamanian Gen Manuel Noriega indicted by US grand jury for drugs
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
Feb 7th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
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)
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 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)
Feb 14th - 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player
Feb 14th - Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay
Feb 14th - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
Feb 14th - 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
LPGA Golfer Patty SheehanLPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan 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
Media Mogul Rupert MurdochMedia Mogul Rupert Murdoch Feb 20th - Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million
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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 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
Mar 1st - Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist
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
Mar 6th - Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
Mar 6th - Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
Mar 6th - Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament
Radio shock jock Howard SternRadio shock jock Howard Stern Mar 7th - Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"
Mar 7th - Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award

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