On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1988

Historical Events

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Boxer Riddick Bowe
Riddick Bowe
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 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
  • New Zealand horseman Mark Todd wins individual eventing gold medal aboard Charisma at the Seoul Olympics; his 2nd consecutive gold after winning in 1984
  • Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Brittany Howard, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alabama Shakes), born in Athens, Alabama

Famous Deaths

  • Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini, dies at 81
1988 Highlights

About October 2, 1988

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Gandhi Jayanti (India)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra