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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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"

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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 President of Suriname

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Jan 25th 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 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 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

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Feb 4th Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Feb 11th Anthony 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
  • Feb 14th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • 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 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
  • 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

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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 US Congress overrides President 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