What Happened on September 19, 1988

Historical Events

Olympic Games

American diver Greg Louganis smashes his head on diving board during the 3m springboard preliminaries at the Seoul Olympics; recovers to qualify for the final which he wins the following day

  • Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong sets world record 1:47.25 to win the 200m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats Anders Holmertz of Sweden by 0.64

Album Release

Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

  • British swimmer Adrian Moorehouse wins 100m breaststroke gold medal in 1:02.04 at the Seoul Olympics; edges Károly Güttler of Hungary by 0.01
  • Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance
  • US women's all-round gymnastics team is controversially penalised 0.5 after compulsory round at the Seoul Olympics; substitute an alternate athlete on uneven bars medal podium; Americans finish 4th just 0.3 behind East Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
1988 Highlights

About September 19, 1988

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 34 years and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Don't Worry, Be Happy (From "Cocktail") - Bobby McFerrin
  • UK #1 Song: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies