On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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
  • Erika Toda, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 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