January 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Year of the Reader begins
  • Jan 2 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn
  • 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 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 11 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 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

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Jan 16 Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Jan 17 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti
  • Jan 18 Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board
  • Jan 19 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • Jan 20 Andre Hoffman skates world record 1,500m (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 23 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
  • Jan 24 9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"
  • Jan 24 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • Jan 25 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname
  • 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 Rodrigo de la Cadena, Mexican artist and performer
  • Jan 4 Nabila Jamshed, Indian writer
  • Jan 7 Scott Pendlebury, Australian rules footballer
  • Jan 11 Alexandria L'Esperance, quintuplet
  • Jan 11 Danielle L'Esperance, quintuplet
  • Jan 11 Erica L'Esperance, quintuplet
  • Jan 11 Raymond L'Esperance, quintuplet
  • Jan 11 Veronica L'Esperance, quintuplet
  • Jan 14 Jamie Altman, son of Lynda Carter & Robert Altman

Weddings in History

  • Jan 9 English earl of St Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Leo Steiner, NY Carnegie Deli's owner, dies
  • Jan 3 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • Jan 4 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 11 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • Jan 12 Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

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Jan 15 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • Jan 20 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 22 Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • Jan 24 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)
  • Jan 27 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • Jan 28 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Jan 30 Cornelia D "Corry" Spark, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85