What Happened on August 8, 1988

Historical Events

  • -11] Army in Rangoon, Myanmar fires on pro-democracy students, killing thousands during the "8888 Uprising"
  • Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • Ceasefire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
  • Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
  • Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year in 6-2 win over Cleveland

Straight Outta Compton

Rap group N.W.A. release their debut studio album "Straight Outta Compton"

  • Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years (New York City)
  • Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
  • South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC

Assassination Attempt

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Bolivia

US Senior Golf Open

US Senior Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 strokes over New Zealander Bob Charles in an 18-hole playoff; his second straight US Senior title

1988 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Beatrice, Princes of York, British daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London
  • Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player
Born in 1988

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), dies at 74
  • Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)

About August 8, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 1 month 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