On This Day

What Happened on February 28, 1988

Historical Events

  • Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)

Speed Skater Yvonne van Gennip
Speed Skater
Yvonne van Gennip

Famous Birthdays

  • Markéta Irglová, Czech Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Falling Slowly"), singer, and actress (Once), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechia

Famous Deaths

  • Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
1988 Highlights

About February 28, 1988

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 7 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces