October 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens
  • Oct 1 Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

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Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 2 Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections
  • Oct 3 26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days
  • Oct 3 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • Oct 3 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • Oct 3 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • Oct 4 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • Oct 5 Brazil adopts its Constitution
  • Oct 5 Chilean population agrees at referendum against Pinochet regime
  • Oct 5 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • Oct 7 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • Oct 7 Lou Piniella is fired as manager of Yankees for 2nd time
  • Oct 8 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • Oct 8 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • Oct 9 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • Oct 9 Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • Oct 10 Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to manage the club in 1989
  • Oct 12 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • Oct 12 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

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Oct 12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 13 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
  • Oct 13 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • Oct 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 Naguib Mahfouz is 1st Arabic writer to win Nobel literature prize
  • Oct 14 Crude oil prices jump in anticipation of possible production accord at Gulf Cooperation Council meeting set for October 16
  • Oct 15 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 17 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • Oct 17 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • Oct 17 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • Oct 18 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • Oct 19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • Oct 19 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • Oct 19 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • Oct 19 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • Oct 20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • Oct 20 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
  • Oct 20 Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)

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Oct 21 Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • Oct 22 Supreme Ct Justice Sandra Day O'Connor OK after breast cancer surgery
  • Oct 23 Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate
  • Oct 24 Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released
  • Oct 24 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • Oct 25 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • Oct 27 Larry Flynt paid hitman $1M to kill Hefner, Guccione & Sinatra
  • Oct 28 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister

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Oct 28 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • Oct 29 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • Oct 29 China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • Oct 29 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • Oct 30 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot
  • Oct 30 Jim Elliott (US) completes 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 31 19°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • Oct 31 Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • Oct 2 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • Oct 3 Franz Josef Strauss, German FR min of defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • Oct 9 Felix Wankel, developer of Wankel rotary engine, dies
  • Oct 12 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • Oct 18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • Oct 19 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77
  • Oct 20 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  • Oct 27 S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • Oct 31 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)