What Happened on September 24, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets new world record 7,291 points to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; East Germans Sabine John & Anke Behmer take the minor medals
  • American swimmer Matt Biondi sets world record 22.14 to win the 50m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; his 4th of 5 gold medals for the Games
  • Barbara C Harris of Mass, elected 1st woman Episcopal bishop
  • Canada's Ben Johnson runs drug-assisted 100m in 9.79 sec

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson breaks his own 100m world record with a time of 9.79 at the Seoul Olympics; disqualified 3 days later for use of drug stanozolol; Carl Lewis awarded gold and world record 9.92

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Carl Lewis runs world record 100m (9.92 sec)
  • Dave Stieb has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in the 9th
  • East German cyclist Christa Luding-Rothenburger wins silver medal in the women's track sprint at the Seoul Olympics; first athlete to win medals at Summer & Winter Games in same year; won speed skating gold in Calgary
  • Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov shares horizontal bar gold medal with team mate Valeri Liukin at the Seoul Olympics; also wins the parallel bars event to take his gold medal haul to 4 for the Games
  • Swimmer Silke Hörner wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics as part of the victorious East German 4 x 100m medley relay team
  • West German swimmer Michael Gross wins 200m butterfly in Olympic record 1:56.94 at the Seoul Games; third career gold medal

Famous Birthdays

  • Karl Alzner, Canadian hockey player
  • Kyle Sullivan, American actor
  • Lisa Wang, American gymnast