July 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua
  • Jul 2 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290
  • Jul 3 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.
  • Jul 4 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • Jul 5 Malcolm Marshall takes 7-22 at Old Trafford, England all out 93
  • Jul 6 Carlos Salinas de Gortari elected president of Mexico
  • Jul 6 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • Jul 7 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 7 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act
  • Jul 8 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • Jul 8 Miami Arena, opens in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 9 Chris Speier hits for the cycle & Ernest Riles hits 10,000th Giant HR
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert
  • Jul 14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
  • Jul 14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

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Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 16 Florence Joyner runs 100 m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • Jul 16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • Jul 17 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Jul 17 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Jul 17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)
  • Jul 18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on City of Poros cruise ship
  • Jul 18 Shooting begins on "License to Kill"
  • Jul 20 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • Jul 21 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
  • Jul 21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • Jul 22 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research
  • Jul 23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • Jul 27 Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years
  • Jul 27 General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • Jul 27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
  • Jul 28 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • Jul 28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • Jul 28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • Jul 28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • Jul 29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
  • Jul 29 Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989
  • Jul 29 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • Jul 29 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • Jul 30 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • Jul 30 John Franco saves record 13th game of July
  • Jul 30 Jordanian King Hussein renounces sovereignity over West Bank to PLO
  • Jul 30 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's House of Representatives
  • Jul 30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver BC, to Halifax, NS (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
  • Jul 31 Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years

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Jul 31 Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Jul 31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 24 Luke Mitchell, Scottish murderer

Weddings in History

  • Jul 9 "Facts of Life," Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble
  • Jul 30 James Ogilvy (under Engl princess Alexandra) marries Julia Rawlinson

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 25 Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry

Deaths in History

  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 10 Errol John, playwright, dies at 63
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer, dies at 79 of palsy
  • Jul 12 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Huub Bals, Dutch film promotor, dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • Jul 15 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • Jul 22 Duane Jones, dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 51
  • Jul 26 Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)
  • Jul 27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • Jul 29 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • Jul 31 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38