On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1988

Historical Events

  • -11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed
  • Angola, Cuba & 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
  • 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
  • The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma.
  • US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia

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? 32 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo