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

Olympic Gold

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

1988 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician
Born in 1988

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, German-born Hollywood director, discovered Abbott and Costello, dies at 83
  • Robert Gwathmey, American social realist artist, dies at 85
  • Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61

About September 21, 1988

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 35 years and 1 day
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