On This Day

What Happened on September 29, 1988

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

  • Justin Nozuka, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • Kevin Durant, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship, NBA Finals MVP 2017, 18 Golden State Warriors; 11 × NBA All-Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2012, 19; Olympic gold 2012, 16, 20), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Addams, American artist and cartoonist (New Yorker, The Addams Family) known for darkly humorous and macabre characters, dies of heart attack at 76
1988 Highlights

About September 29, 1988

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 2 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra