On This Day

Historical Events in October 1988

  • Oct 1 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • Oct 1 Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

Historic Event

Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

  • Oct 1 Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
  • Oct 1 The Soviet women's 4 x 400m relay team runs world record 3:15.17 to beat a star-studded US team and win the Olympic gold medal in Seoul; Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina & Olga Bryzgina
  • Oct 1 The inaugural Olympic table tennis program concludes in Seoul with China and South Korea each winning 2 titles

Olympic Gold

Oct 1 Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; clinches first and only Golden Slam in history (Grand Slam & Olympics)

  • Oct 1 Yuri Savichev scores in extra time as the Soviet Union beats Brazil 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Seoul Olympics
  • Oct 1 Canadian synchronised swimmer Carolyn Waldo teams with Michelle Cameron to win the duet gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up double having won individual title
  • Oct 2 Minnesota Twins total 3,030,672 in attendance at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome; first AL club ever to break 3 million in a MLB season
  • Oct 2 Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections

Sports History

Oct 2 Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, during a domestic dispute

  • Oct 2 New Zealand horseman Mark Todd wins individual eventing gold medal aboard Charisma at the Seoul Olympics; his 2nd consecutive gold after winning in 1984

Olympic Gold

Oct 2 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, representing Canada, wins super-heavyweight gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats American Riddick Bowe by 2nd round TKO

  • Oct 2 South Korean light middleweight boxer Park Si-hun is controversially awarded the Seoul Olympic gold medal after appearing well beaten by future 4 weight class world champion Roy Jones Jr
  • Oct 2 Gelindo Bordin of Italy wins the men's marathon in 2:10:32 at the Seoul Olympics; beats world champion Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya by 15 seconds
  • Oct 2 In a season ending 7-5 win in St. Louis, NY Mets' outfielder Kevin McReynolds establishes a MLB record swiping 21 bases without being caught stealing during the season
  • Oct 3 26th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-day excursion
  • Oct 3 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • Oct 3 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • Oct 3 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • Oct 4 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • Oct 5 Brazil adopts its Constitution

Important Vote

Oct 5 Chile votes in a referendum 56-44 against extending Augusto Pinochet's regime by 8 years thus ending the dictator's 16½ years in power

  • Oct 5 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • Oct 6 Oakland A's sweep Boston Red Sox in 4 games for AL pennant
  • Oct 7 Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of White Sox
  • Oct 7 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • Oct 7 Lou Piniella is fired as manager of Yankees for 2nd time
  • Oct 7 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)
  • Oct 8 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • Oct 8 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • Oct 9 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • Oct 9 Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • Oct 9 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K. T. Oslin win
  • Oct 10 NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winifred Sprockett
  • Oct 12 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • Oct 12 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

Historic Event

Oct 12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 13 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • Oct 13 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • Oct 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • Oct 14 Naguib Mahfouz is the 1st Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 14 Crude oil prices jump in anticipation of possible production accord at Gulf Cooperation Council meeting set for October 16
  • Oct 15 Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oct 15 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
  • Oct 15 With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to give Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 16 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • Oct 17 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • Oct 17 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • Oct 17 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • Oct 17 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • Oct 17 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title

Album Release

Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys release debut album "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty

  • Oct 18 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Television Premiere

Oct 18 "Roseanne" TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC

  • Oct 19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • Oct 19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • Oct 19 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • Oct 19 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • Oct 19 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • Oct 19 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows
  • Oct 20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • Oct 20 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"

Sports History

Oct 20 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's, 5-2 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to clinch 4-1 series win: MVP: LA pitcher Orel Hershiser

  • Oct 20 Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
  • Oct 20 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • Oct 21 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid

Historic Event

Oct 21 Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

  • Oct 21 Bat*21, an American war film, is released

Music Concert

Oct 22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden, NYC, for a record 26th time

Historic Event

Oct 22 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor survives breast cancer surgery

Television Premiere

Oct 22 "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera screens on NBC

  • Oct 23 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • Oct 23 Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate

Sports History

Oct 24 NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

  • Oct 24 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • Oct 25 ABC News reports on potbellied pygmy pigs' popularity as pets
  • Oct 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • Oct 28 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister

Historic Event

Oct 28 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library

  • Oct 29 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • Oct 29 China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • Oct 29 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • Oct 30 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot

Golf Tournament

Oct 30 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

  • Oct 30 Jim Elliott (US) completes 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 30 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time

Sports History

Oct 30 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Oct 31 19°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • Oct 31 First Monday Night NFL game played in Indianapolis; Colts beat Denver Broncos, 55-23
  • Oct 31 Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia