On This Day

What Happened on September 27, 1988

Historical Events

Olympic Gold

American diver Greg Louganis wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up diving double after also taking out the 3m springboard gold

  • Canadian Finn class sailor Lawrence Lemieux abandons race 5 to assist injured competitor after being in 2nd place; selfless act is awarded with the Pierre de Coubertin medal

World Record

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson is disqualified from the Seoul Olympics 100m after his urine sample found to contain steroid stanozolol; American Carl Lewis awarded gold medal and world record 9.92

  • East German cyclist Olaf Ludwig wins the men's road race in 4:32:22 at the Seoul Olympics; beats West German pair Bernd Gröne & Christian Henn
  • Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story
  • Senate votes for major federal tax code changes

Historic Event

The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded in Burma (Myanmar)


Famous Deaths

  • William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
1988 Highlights

About September 27, 1988

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 2 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra