On This Day

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 Pistons draw a then NBA regular season record 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
  • Second largest NBA crowd in history; Boston Celtics at Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit (61,938); Pistons win, 125-108
  • United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s

Famous Birthdays

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

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