On This Day

What Happened on October 19, 1988

Historical Events

  • 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows

Famous Deaths

  • Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, dies at 77
1988 Highlights

About October 19, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 1 month and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra