On This Day

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 & 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 & beat Cleve 6-2
  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz

Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Famous Birthdays

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

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)
1988 Highlights

About August 8, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 2 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo