On This Day

What Happened on May 4, 1988

Historical Events

  • PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada explodes killing 2 and injuring 372 causing damage within 10-mile (16 km) radius
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Deaths

  • Paul Wilson, American doo-wop baritone singer (Flamingos, 1953-64 - "I Only Have Eyes For You"; "Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), dies at 53
1988 Highlights

About May 4, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 34 years and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
  • UK #1 Song: Theme From S-Express - S-Express