What Happened on May 21, 1988

Historical Events

  • "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35
  • 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
  • New building for the National Gallery of Canada, designed by Moshe Safdie, opens in Ottawa, Ontario [1]
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

Weird Al Yankovic's "Fat" (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad") hits #99

1988 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Jonathan Howson, English footballer, born in Morley, England
Born in 1988

Famous Weddings

  • American actress Jane Powell weds American "Our Gang" actor and publicist Dickie Moore

Famous Deaths

  • Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), dies at 92
  • Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • Sammy Davis Sr., American vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), dies at 87

About May 21, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 10 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  • UK #1 Song: With a Little Help from My Friends/She's Leaving Home - Wet Wet Wet/Billy Bragg