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
1988 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer (record 8 x World Champion 2007-10, 12, 14, 18, 22), born in Murwillumbah, Australia
Born in 1988

Famous Deaths

  • Bantcho Bantchevsky, Bulgarian-American singer, commits suicide during a performance of at the Metropolitan Opera at 81
  • 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

About January 29, 1988

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 1 month and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Need You Tonight - INXS
  • UK #1 Song: I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany