On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1988

Historical Events

  • 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)

Famous Birthdays

  • Summer Bishil, American actress, born in Pasadena, California

Famous Weddings

Wayne Gretzky

NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
1988 Highlights

About July 17, 1988

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 4 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer