What Happened on October 1, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • 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
  • Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
  • Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

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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)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • The inaugural Olympic table tennis program concludes in Seoul with China and South Korea each winning 2 titles
  • 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Cariba Heine, Australian actress

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)