Historical Events in January 1988

  • 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 1 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • Jan 1 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • 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 2 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn

Agreement of Interest

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Music Concert

Jan 3 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)

  • Jan 8 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones down 140.58 points

Historic Event

Jan 8 Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator

  • Jan 8 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

Historic Event

Jan 9 August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" premieres in Boston

Sports History

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 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • Jan 11 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • Jan 11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/first baseman Willie Stargell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

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 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 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 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 16 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Historic Event

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

#1 in the Charts

Jan 16 George Harrison's single "Got My Mind Set On You" tops the Billboard charts

  • Jan 16 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • Jan 16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

AFC Championship

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

  • Jan 17 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti
  • 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

Hall of Fame

Jan 20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.

  • Jan 21 US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children

Sports History

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

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 22 Defending champion Mike Tyson beats former titleholder Larry Holmes by TKO in round 4 at Convention Centre, Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title

Golden Globes

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

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

  • Jan 23 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
  • Jan 24 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • Jan 24 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

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 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • Jan 24 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

Music Awards

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

  • Jan 25 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
  • Jan 25 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 25 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater, NYC ; runs for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour

Historic Event

Jan 27 Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony Kennedy to US Supreme Court

  • 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

Sports History

Jan 28 New York Rangers' Marcel Dionne scores a 2nd period power play goal in 5-2 win in Philadelphia; becomes 1st first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons

  • Jan 28 South African Mbongeni Ngema's musical "Sarafina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jan 29 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • Jan 29 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 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