On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1988

Historical Events

  • Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
  • LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
  • Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • US Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for President

Famous Birthdays

  • Brady Corbet, American actor (24), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Erika Toda, Japanese actress (RyĆ«sei no Kizuna), born in Kobe, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, American politician and son of President Roosevelt (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on his 74th birthday
  • Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies at 53
1988 Highlights

About August 17, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 11 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Roll With It - Steve Winwood
  • UK #1 Song: The Only Way Is Up - Yazz & The Plastic Population