On This Day

What Happened on September 21, 1988

Historical Events

  • East German swimmer Silke Hörner sets world record 2:26.71 to win the 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; first of 2 gold (4 x 100m medley relay)
  • Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi sets world record 4:14.75 to win the 400m individual medley at the Seoul Olympics; also wins 200m I/M gold for the medley double

Sports History

Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville, New Jersey home

  • Suriname swimmer Anthony Nesty wins 100m butterfly at the Seoul Olympics; Suriname's first gold; first black to win individual Olympic swim gold medal; thwarts Matt Biondi's attempt at 7 gold medals

Famous Birthdays

  • Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician

Famous Deaths

  • Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • Henry Koster, director, dies
  • Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
1988 Highlights

About September 21, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 2 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo