On This Day

What Happened on January 29, 1988

Historical Events

  • Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s

Famous Birthdays

  • Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer (World Champion 2007-10, 12, 14, 18), born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales

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
1988 Highlights

About January 29, 1988

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 7 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius