On This Day

What Happened on September 23, 1988

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Americans Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter & Matt Biondi swim world record 3:16.53 to win 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Seoul Olympics
  • East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s
  • Fiji's new constitution is proposed
  • Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs
  • Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst"

Famous Birthdays

  • Juan Martín del Potro, Argentine tennis player (US Open 2009), born in Tandil, Argentina

Famous Deaths

  • Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)