What Happened on January 3, 1988

Historical Events

  • Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut

Event of Interest

Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century

Music Concert

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)

1988 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Ikechi Anya, Scottish soccer midfielder (29 caps; Watford, Derby County), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jonny Evans, Northern Irish soccer defender (84 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Leicester City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Rodrigo de la Cadena, Mexican artist and performer
Born in 1988

Famous Deaths

Gaston Eyskens (1905-1988)

Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82

  • Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • William Cagney, American producer and actor (Torrid Zone), brother of James Cagney, dies of a heart attack at 82

About January 3, 1988

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 35 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: So Emotional - Whitney Houston
  • UK #1 Song: Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys