On This Day

What Happened on March 1, 1988

Historical Events

  • Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA

Sports History

Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picks up a 1st period assist in Oilers' 5-3 win over LA Kings to move ahead of Gordie Howe as NHL's all time leader in career assists; Howe 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years

Hall of Fame

For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

  • Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile

Famous Birthdays

  • Katija Pevec, American actress
  • Trevor Cahill, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010; Oakland Athletics), born in Oceanside, California
  • Yang Hyeon-jong, South Korean baseball pitcher (Korean Series 2009, 2017 [MVP]; KBO MVP 2017; KIA Tigers), born in Gwangju, South Korea

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • Joe Besser, American actor & comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), dies from heart failure at 80
1988 Highlights

About March 1, 1988

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces