What Happened on January 29, 1988

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s

Famous Birthdays

  • Stephanie Gilmore, Australian professional surfer

Famous Deaths

  • Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46