November 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Staten Island ferry gets 1st pay phones
  • Nov 2 Computers virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities
  • Nov 2 Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of year (3rd straight for Oakland A's)
  • Nov 2 The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.
  • Nov 3 Pakistan claims it downed Afghan warplane
  • Nov 3 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew
  • Nov 3 Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at TV taping
  • Nov 5 Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage
  • Nov 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 5 Gulch wins Breeder's Cup
  • Nov 6 18th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:07
  • Nov 7 Sugar Ray Leonard KO's Donnie LaLonde
  • Nov 8 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • Nov 8 George H. W. Bush (R) beats Mike Dukakis (D) in US presdiential election
  • Nov 8 Rafael Fernandez Colón elected as president of Puerto Rico
  • Nov 10 China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938
  • Nov 10 NY's MTA announces it may replace tokens with credit card type passes
  • Nov 10 Orel Hershiser (23-8) is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 11 Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
  • Nov 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 15 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV, collapses
  • Nov 15 PLO proclaims State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence
  • Nov 15 Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)
  • Nov 15 The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands.
  • Nov 16 Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 16 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto's PPP wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto

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Nov 17 Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Nov 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 25 Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges
  • Nov 25 Convention on exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources signed
  • Nov 25 US & Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson & Akhmilovskaya wed
  • Nov 25 Widespread earthquake hits North East US, Canada, no damage reported
  • Nov 25 German politician Rita Süssmuth becomes president of the Bundestag.
  • Nov 26 Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev & Jean-Loup Chretien launch
  • Nov 26 Pioneer 6's closest approach to Earth since 1965 launch (1.87 M km)

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Nov 28 Picasso's "Acrobat & Harlequin" sells for $38.46 million

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Nov 30 Cyclone lashes Bangladesh, Eastern India; 317 killed
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Nov 30 Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
  • Nov 30 UN General Assembly (151-2) censures US for refusing PLO's Arafat visa
  • Nov 30 Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for $25.07 billion USD.

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 22 Suresh Guptara and Jyoti Guptara, British-Indian novelists

Deaths in History

  • Nov 3 Henri van Praag, Dutch para-psychologist, dies
  • Nov 7 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 9 John Mitchell, former Atny Gen, dies of heart attack in Washington
  • Nov 16 Lotte Stam-Beese, German/Neth architect, dies at about 85
  • Nov 17 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • Nov 19 Christine Onassis, heiress, dies of heart failure at 37
  • Nov 22 Erich Fried, writer, dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Janet Ertel, crooner, dies
  • Nov 22 Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (b. 1908)
  • Nov 22 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family (b. 1914)
  • Nov 22 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, dies at 67
  • Nov 27 [John] Hein Donner, chess grand master, dies at 61