On This Day

What Happened in October 1988

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • Oct 1 Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

Historic Event

Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

  • Oct 1 Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
  • Oct 1 The Soviet women's 4 x 400m relay team runs world record 3:15.17 to beat a star-studded US team and win the Olympic gold medal in Seoul; Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina & Olga Bryzgina
  • Oct 1 The inaugural Olympic table tennis program concludes in Seoul with China and South Korea each winning 2 titles

Olympic Gold

Oct 1 Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; clinches first and only Golden Slam in history (Grand Slam & Olympics)

  • Oct 1 Yuri Savichev scores in extra time as the Soviet Union beats Brazil 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Seoul Olympics
  • Oct 1 Canadian synchronised swimmer Carolyn Waldo teams with Michelle Cameron to win the duet gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up double having won individual title
  • Oct 2 Minnesota Twins total 3,030,672 in attendance at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome; first AL club ever to break 3 million in a MLB season
  • Oct 2 Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections

Sports History

Oct 2 Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, during a domestic dispute

  • Oct 2 New Zealand horseman Mark Todd wins individual eventing gold medal aboard Charisma at the Seoul Olympics; his 2nd consecutive gold after winning in 1984

Olympic Gold

Oct 2 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, representing Canada, wins super-heavyweight gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats American Riddick Bowe by 2nd round TKO

  • Oct 2 South Korean light middleweight boxer Park Si-hun is controversially awarded the Seoul Olympic gold medal after appearing well beaten by future 4 weight class world champion Roy Jones Jr
  • Oct 2 Gelindo Bordin of Italy wins the men's marathon in 2:10:32 at the Seoul Olympics; beats world champion Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya by 15 seconds
  • Oct 2 In a season ending 7-5 win in St. Louis, NY Mets' outfielder Kevin McReynolds establishes a MLB record swiping 21 bases without being caught stealing during the season
  • Oct 3 26th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-day excursion
  • Oct 3 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • Oct 3 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • Oct 3 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • Oct 4 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • Oct 5 Brazil adopts its Constitution

Important Vote

Oct 5 Chile votes in a referendum 56-44 against extending Augusto Pinochet's regime by 8 years thus ending the dictator's 16½ years in power

  • Oct 5 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • Oct 6 Oakland A's sweep Boston Red Sox in 4 games for AL pennant
  • Oct 7 Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of White Sox
  • Oct 7 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • Oct 7 Lou Piniella is fired as manager of Yankees for 2nd time
  • Oct 7 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)
  • Oct 8 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • Oct 8 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • Oct 9 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • Oct 9 Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • Oct 9 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K. T. Oslin win
  • Oct 10 NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winifred Sprockett
  • Oct 12 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • Oct 12 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

Historic Event

Oct 12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 13 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • Oct 13 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • Oct 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • Oct 14 Naguib Mahfouz is the 1st Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 14 Crude oil prices jump in anticipation of possible production accord at Gulf Cooperation Council meeting set for October 16
  • Oct 15 Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oct 15 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
  • Oct 15 With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to give Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 16 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • Oct 17 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • Oct 17 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • Oct 17 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • Oct 17 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • Oct 17 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title

Album Release

Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys release debut album "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty

  • Oct 18 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Television Premiere

Oct 18 "Roseanne" TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC

  • Oct 19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • Oct 19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • Oct 19 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • Oct 19 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • Oct 19 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • Oct 19 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows
  • Oct 20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • Oct 20 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"

Sports History

Oct 20 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's, 5-2 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to clinch 4-1 series win: MVP: LA pitcher Orel Hershiser

  • Oct 20 Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
  • Oct 20 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • Oct 21 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid

Historic Event

Oct 21 Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

  • Oct 21 Bat*21, an American war film, is released

Music Concert

Oct 22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden, NYC, for a record 26th time

Historic Event

Oct 22 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor survives breast cancer surgery

Television Premiere

Oct 22 "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera screens on NBC

  • Oct 23 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • Oct 23 Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate

Sports History

Oct 24 NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

  • Oct 24 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • Oct 25 ABC News reports on potbellied pygmy pigs' popularity as pets
  • Oct 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • Oct 28 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister

Historic Event

Oct 28 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library

  • Oct 29 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • Oct 29 China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • Oct 29 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • Oct 30 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot

Golf Tournament

Oct 30 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

  • Oct 30 Jim Elliott (US) completes 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 30 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time

Sports History

Oct 30 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Cariba Heine, Australian actress
  • Oct 2 Brittany Howard, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alabama Shakes), born in Athens, Alabama
  • Oct 3 ASAP Rocky [Rakim Mayers], American rapper (Long. Live. A$AP), born in New York City
  • Oct 3 Tadhg Kelly, American actor
  • Oct 3 Alicia Vikander, actress (The Danish Girl), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 4 Derrick Rose, American basketball point guard (NBA Draft 2008 #1 overall pick Chicago Bulls; NBA MVP 2011; NBA All-Star 2010–12), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 4 Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer (Glee, Supergirl), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Oct 5 Bahar Kızıl, German singer (Monrose), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Oct 5 Bobby Edner, American actor, born in Downey, California
  • Oct 5 Maja Salvador, Filipina actress, born in Aparri, Philippines
  • Oct 6 Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
  • Oct 6 Kayky Brito, Brazilian actor.
  • Oct 7 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley), born in The Woodlands, Texas
  • Oct 10 Jodie Devos, Belgian operatic soprano, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium
  • Oct 10 Rose McIver, New Zealand actress (iZombie), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 12 Calum Scott, British pop singer-songwriter ("You Are The Reason"), born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Oct 14 MacKenzie Mauzy, American actress
  • Oct 14 Max Thieriot, American actor
  • Oct 15 Mesut Özil, Turkish-German football player (Arsenal, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Oct 16 Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer
  • Oct 20 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Oct 20 Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player (Olympic and World Champion), born in Anshan, China
  • Oct 20 Candice Swanepoel, South African model (Victoria's Secret), born in Mooi River, South Africa
  • Oct 21 Hope Hicks, American political operative, White House Communications Director (2017-), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Oct 21 Ajaz Patel, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (10-119 v India 2021; one of 3 to take 10 wickets in Test innings), born in Mumbai, India
  • Oct 23 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Oct 24 Daniel Shalikar, American actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Oct 24 Joshua Shalikar, American actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Oct 29 Katherine Timpf, American TV personality (Sincerely, Kat), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 30 Janel Parrish, American actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Oct 31 Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver, born in Aigle, Switzerland

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 1 Robert Englund, actor who plays Freddie Kruger weds Nancy Booth

Lisa Marie Presley

Oct 3 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology; divorce in 1994


Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Oct 7 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British automotive designer who designed the Mini, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • Oct 7 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • Oct 8 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 9 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Jackie Milburn, English soccer striker (13 caps; Newcastle United 353 games), dies from lung cancer at 64
  • Oct 9 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 11 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 11 Morgan Farley, actor (Open Secret), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Oct 11 Wayland Flowers, American ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • Oct 12 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • Oct 13 Mike Venezia, jockey, dies in 5th-race fall at Belmont Race Track, NY
  • Oct 14 Mary Morris, actress (Agitator, Double Door), dies
  • Oct 14 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), dies at 69
  • Oct 15 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), dies of heart failure at 96
  • Oct 18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • Oct 19 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, dies at 77
  • Oct 19 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86

Sheila Scott

Oct 20 Sheila Scott, English aviator (completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman), dies at 61

  • Oct 24 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • Oct 24 Henry Armstrong, American boxer (world featherweight, lightweight, welterweight [19 x title defences] champion), dies at 75
  • Oct 25 Bill Cody, actor (Blazing Justice, Ghost City), dies at 75
  • Oct 25 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), dies at 53
  • Oct 27 Charles Hawtrey, English actor (Carry On films), dies near London at 73
  • Oct 27 S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Hannah Tillich, German-American writer (Harbor Mouse) and wife of Paul Tillich, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 Ben Aerden [John Mikkelsen], Dutch actor (Hamlet, Uilenspiegel), dies at 78
  • Oct 30 Sugar Geise, actress (Rhythm Parade), dies after brief illness at 71
  • Oct 30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • Oct 31 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • Oct 31 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)