Historical Events in January 1988

  • Jan 1 Czech born tennis star Hana Mandikova becomes an Australian Citizen
  • Jan 1 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • Jan 1 Year of the Reader begins
  • Jan 1 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • Jan 1 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • Jan 1 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
  • Jan 1 54th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #1 Oklahoma, 20-14
  • Jan 2 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Jan 2 Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 2 Right-wing guerrillas ambush a train near Mozambique's western border, killing at least 22 people and injuring 71.
  • Jan 3 Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut

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Jan 3 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 8 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones down 140.58 points
  • Jan 8 Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
  • Jan 8 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

  • Jan 9 August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" premieres in Boston
  • Jan 9 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Jan 10 "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • Jan 11 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • Jan 11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • Jan 11 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • Jan 12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 13 LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires
  • Jan 13 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
  • Jan 15 NFL analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS' NFL Today; fired the next day
  • Jan 15 Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record
  • Jan 15 Narendra Hirwani takes 16-136 (8-61 & 8-75) v WI on Test debut
  • Jan 15 19-year-old Indian cricket leg-spinner Narenda Hirwani records best bowling figures on debut in Test history; captures 16-136 in 255 run 4th Test win v West Indies in Madras; Hirwani takes 8 wickets in each innings
  • Jan 16 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 16 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • Jan 16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix

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Jan 16 Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 17 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti

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Jan 17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10
  • Jan 18 Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board
  • Jan 19 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jan 19 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • Jan 20 Andre Hoffman skates world record 1,500m (1:52.06)

  • Jan 20 Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham
  • Jan 21 US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 in Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title; 38-year old former champion floored 3 times in 4th before fight stopped

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 23 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Michael Douglas, & Sally Kirkland win

  • Jan 23 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 23 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins 1st of 3 consecutive Australian singles crowns; beats American Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 24 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • Jan 24 9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"
  • Jan 24 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 24 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • Jan 24 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
  • Jan 24 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander wins 3rd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
  • Jan 24 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

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Jan 25 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 25 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 25 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname

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Jan 25 US VP George H. W. Bush & Dan Rather clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • Jan 27 Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony Kennedy to US Supreme Court
  • Jan 28 "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jan 28 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
  • Jan 28 Denver Nuggets point guard Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game

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Jan 28 New York Rangers' Marcel Dionne scores a 2nd period power play goal in 5-2 win in Philadelphia to become the first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Jan 29 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 Second largest NBA crowd in history; Boston Celtics at Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit (61,938); Pistons win, 125-108
  • Jan 29 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • Jan 29 Detroit Pistons draw a then NBA regular season record crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • Jan 30 Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
  • Jan 31 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB