On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1988

Historical Events

  • Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
  • LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
  • Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated

Famous Birthdays

  • Candice Swanepoel, South African model (Victoria's Secret), born in Mooi River, South Africa
  • Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player (Olympic and World Champion), born in Anshan, China
  • Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokohama, Japan

Famous Deaths

Person of interestSheila Scott

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

Aviator Sheila Scott
Sheila Scott
1988 Highlights

About October 20, 1988

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 11 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra