What Happened on September 29, 1988

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched
  • American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics by taking the long jump with an Olympic record leap of 7.40m; previously won the heptathlon
  • American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner sets women's 200m world record 21.34; completes sprint double at the Seoul Olympics
  • China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • East German athlete Christian Schenk beats countryman Torsten Voss by 89 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; Canadian Dave Steen is another 71 points back in third place
  • UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
  • Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • US men's basketball team beats Australia 78-49 to take the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics; last time US represented by a team that doesn't feature NBA players
  • US retain women's basketball title at he Seoul Olympics with a 77-70 win over Yugoslavia; star guard Teresa Edwards top scores for the Americans with 18 points

Famous Birthdays

  • Emily Evelyn Chase, daughter of Jayni & Chevy
  • Justin Nozuka, singer/songwriter
  • Kevin Durant, American basketball forward (2-time NBA Finals MVP 2017-18 Golden State Warriors), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Addams, cartoonist (Addams Family), dies of heart attack at 76