On This Day

What Happened in June 1988

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 1 "Morton Downey Jr Show" debuts in TV syndication
  • Jun 1 Train crash kills two in Zeeland, Netherlands
  • Jun 2 61st National Spell Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
  • Jun 2 Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

Film Premiere

Jun 3 "Big" film directed by Penny Marshall, starring Tom Hanks premieres in US

  • Jun 3 Margo Adams sues Boston Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony
  • Jun 4 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
  • Jun 4 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)

Baseball Record

Jun 4 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf dominates Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0; shortest women's singles Grand Slam final in Open Era; 32 minutes

  • Jun 5 1st Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $590,000
  • Jun 5 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone
  • Jun 5 Longest champagne cork flight is 177'9 in NY
  • Jun 5 Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its 1,000th anniversary

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 3rd French title; beats home favourite Henri Leconte 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

Music City News Awards

Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers win

  • Jun 6 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • Jun 6 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • Jun 7 Aluminum contaminates Cornwall's water supply
  • Jun 8 Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • Jun 9 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • Jun 9 US Attorney General Edwin Meese orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • Jun 11 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

Music History

Jun 11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

  • Jun 11 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
  • Jun 11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • Jun 11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • Jun 11 NY Yankees Rick Rhoden becomes first pitcher since AL's adoption of the rule in 1973 to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI) in an 8–6 victory over Baltimore Orioles

Music Concert

Jun 11 Frredom Fest: Anti-apartheid benefit & Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert addresses his continued imprisonment; performers include Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N'dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

  • Jun 12 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy
  • Jun 12 The Republic of Ireland beats England 1-0 at Euro88 thanks to a headed goal by Ray Houghton. This is Ireland's first competitive match at a major football tournament.
  • Jun 12 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Billy Casper wins final career major title by 2 strokes from Al Geiberger

A Beautiful Day in Moscow

Jun 12 Soviet Union holds its 1st beauty content in Moscow, 16 year old Maria Kalinina crowned the winner

  • Jun 13 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
  • Jun 13 Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East
  • Jun 13 Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

Music Single

Jun 13 George Harrison releases single "This Is Love"

  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist

Music History

Jun 14 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000, alleges he hit her

  • Jun 14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • Jun 15 NASA launches space vehicle S-213
  • Jun 15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
  • Jun 16 Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
  • Jun 16 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • Jun 17 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
  • Jun 17 Soyuz TM-5 launches
  • Jun 17 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
  • Jun 18 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 19 Namphy takes control of Haitian government
  • Jun 19 World's then largest sausage completed at 13 1/8 miles long
  • Jun 19 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Curtis Strange wins a Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes from Englishman Nick Faldo

  • Jun 20 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved
  • Jun 20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • Jun 20 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
  • Jun 20 Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities
  • Jun 21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 21 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • Jun 21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years
  • Jun 23 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft

Sports History

Jun 23 Yanks manager Billy Martin's 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager

  • Jun 24 Cleveland pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
  • Jun 24 Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak

Musical Finale

Jun 25 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 68 performances

  • Jun 25 104°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June

Sports History

Jun 25 MLB player Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

  • Jun 25 Expos Pitcher Floyd Youmans suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Jun 25 Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 25 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Ruud Gullet & Marco van Basten score as the Netherlands beats Soviet Union, 2-0
  • Jun 25 Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuts in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
  • Jun 27 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
  • Jun 27 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • Jun 28 Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton

Election of Interest

Jun 29 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected the 4th President of Iceland becoming the world's 1st democratically elected female President

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 29 Emmy 15th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 9th time

  • Jun 30 "Sledge Hammer!" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 30 Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason and his role as bus driver Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners"
  • Jun 30 Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won't move to Florida
  • Jun 30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
  • Jun 1 Javier Hernández, Mexican soccer striker (109 caps; Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Jun 1 Christine and the Queens [Héloïse Letissier], French singer-songwriter (Chaleur humaine), born in Nantes, France
  • Jun 2 Sergio Agüero, Argentine soccer striker (96 caps; Manchester City; leading overseas goal scorer in EPL history), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jun 2 Patrik Berglund, Swedish hockey player
  • Jun 2 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper ("Yellow Ranger") and actress (The Farewell; Crazy Rich Asians; Ocean's 8), born in New York City
  • Jun 3 Dave East, American rapper (Survival) and actor, born in New York City
  • Jun 4 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • Jun 7 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)

Michael Cera

Jun 7 Michael Cera, Canadian actor (Arrested Development, Superbad), born in Brampton, Ontario

  • Jun 9 Mae Whitman, American Actress (The Duff), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 11 Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress (Mixed Doubles) and model, born in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Jun 11 Brock Holt, American MLB baseball utility (only player to hit for the cycle in postseason - Boston Red Sox, 2018), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 13 In-Kyung Kim, South Korean golfer (British Open 2017), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jun 14 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer (NLT) and actor (Artie Abrams-Glee), born in Plano, Texas
  • Jun 15 Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
  • Jun 16 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer and TV host (Entertainment Tonight Canada), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jun 16 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
  • Jun 16 Banks {Jillian Banks], American singer-songwriter (Beggin for Thread), born in Orange County, California
  • Jun 17 Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 2008), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Jun 17 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player
  • Jun 20 Shefali Chowdhury, Welsh actress (Harry Potter films), born in Denbigh, Wales
  • Jun 22 Kieran Lee, English football player
  • Jun 23 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • Jun 23 Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • Jun 23 Milk [Daniel Donigan], American figure skater and drag performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jun 24 Nichkhun [Horvejkul], Thai American singer-songwriter (2PM), born in Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Jun 24 Micah Richards, English footballer and sport pundit (Manchester City), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jun 25 Therese Johaug, Norwegian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 4 x 5k relay 2010, 10k, 15k, 30k 2022; 14 x World C'ship gold), born in Os, Røros, Norway
  • Jun 26 King Bach Andrew B. Bachelor, Canadian American internet personality (most watched in Vine), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 27 Kate Ziegler, American swimmer, born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Jun 28 Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Redland, California
  • Jun 29 Éver Banega, Argentine footballer (Sevilla FC), born in Rosario, Argentina

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • Jun 4 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • Jun 5 Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., African-American chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981-88), dies at 57
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide
  • Jun 7 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), dies at 60
  • Jun 8 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • Jun 8 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, American western writer (Bowdrie), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, 5th President of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Nathan Cook, American actor (Milton-White Shadow; Billy-Hotel), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 14 Johnny Farrell, American golfer (US Open 1928), dies of a stroke at 87
  • Jun 16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • Jun 17 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Bobby Dodd, US football coach (Georgia Tech), dies at 79
  • Jun 21 John J. Duncan Sr., American politician (Rep-R-TN, 1965-1988), dies in office at 69
  • Jun 22 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor ("Danny Boy"), and comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 72
  • Jun 22 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session and touring guitarist (Taj Mahal; Concert for Bangladesh; The Faces), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 23 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • Jun 23 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • Jun 24 Hibari Misora [Kazue Katō], Japanese pop singer ("Kawa no nagare no yō ni" - Like the Flow of the River), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Jun 25 Axis Sally [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • Jun 27 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies