On This Day

What Happened on August 6, 1988

Historical Events

Baseball Record

Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season

  • Rich Gossage becomes the second player in MLB history to record 300 career saves as Cubs beat Phillies, 7-4
  • The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7

Famous Deaths

  • Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • J Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
1988 Highlights

About August 6, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 33 years and 4 months
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo