What Happened in 1988

Significant Events

  • Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • Aug 8 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Aug 11 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Aug 19 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • Sep 3 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War
  • Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union
  • Dec 1 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
  • Dec 7 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time
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1988 in Film & TV

  • Jun 3 "Big" film directed by Penny Marshall, starring Tom Hanks premieres in US
  • Jul 15 "Die Hard" directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US
  • Oct 19 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows

Did You Know?

The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus

On July 3, 1988

World Leaders in 1988

Famous People in 1988

Would You Believe?

The Morris worm, first internet-distributed computer worm to gain mainstream media attention launched from MIT, strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities

On November 2, 1988

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh
  • Jan 9 English earl of St Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli
  • Jan 17 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)
  • Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
  • Feb 14 General hospital TV star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden

Famous Divorces

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