On This Day

Historical Events in 1988 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 980

  • Mar 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

Sports History

Mar 31 New York Islanders celebrate defenseman Denis Potvin's 1,000 points and 1,000 NHL games at tribute night at Nassau Coliseum

Historic Event

Mar 31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for her novel "Beloved"

  • Apr 2 West Indies cricket fast bowling great Curtly Ambrose makes his debut in 9 wicket 1st Test defeat to Pakistan in Georgetown, Guyana; low key debut with 2-108
  • Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Amy Alcott wins the 2nd of her 3 DS events, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Colleen Walker
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Auburn, 56-54; Lady Techsters Erica Westbrooks MOP

Sports History

Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Oklahoma, 83-79; Jayhawks power forward Danny Manning named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at an MLB Opening Day game at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium; Reds win over St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4 in 12 innings
  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of British soap opera "Crossroads" on ITV
  • Apr 4 MLB New York Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs, in a 10-6 win over Expos at Montreal
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 7 Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 9 NHL New Jersey Devils win 3-0 over New York Islanders; Devils lead 2-1 in playoff 1st round
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Irish jockey Brendan Powell wins aboard 10/1 shot Rhyme 'n' Reason by 4 lengths from Durham Edition
  • Apr 10 52nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle claims his second major title with a birdie on the 72nd hole to win by 1 stroke over Mark Calcavecchia
  • Apr 10 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Leonard Part 6" wins
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round

Sports History

Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles

  • Apr 12 Harvard University patents a genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs California
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30
  • Apr 20 Baltimore Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 20 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 24 NFL Draft: Auburn tight end Aundray Bruce first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 25 American news program "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), Nazi concentration camp guard, sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211

Film and TV Awards

Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al López was 1st)

Music Premiere

Apr 28 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 68 performances

  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 29 Baltimore Orioles end their record 21-game losing streak by beating the White Sox 9-0
  • Apr 30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)

Sports History

Apr 30 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec

  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Music History

Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 1 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more

Sports History

May 1 After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Michael Jordan has 55 in Chicago Bulls 106-101 win vs Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games

  • May 2 Baltimore Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park

Historic Event

May 2 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

May 2 Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000

Sports History

May 2 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an umpire

  • May 3 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • May 3 Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
  • May 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 4 PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada explodes killing 2 and injuring 372 causing damage within 10-mile (16 km) radius
  • May 5 Eugene A. Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 6 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
  • May 6 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • May 7 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 8 Brazilian musical revue "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 46 performances

Election of Interest

May 8 François Mitterrand elected President of France

Sports History

May 8 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in New York City

  • May 8 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

Historic Event

May 9 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

  • May 9 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms

Historic Event

May 10 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000

  • May 11 France performs nuclear test
  • May 11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg
  • May 11 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 12 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 14 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • May 14 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
  • May 14 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3

Musical Finale

May 15 Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford's musical "Carrie", based on Stephen King's novel, closes at Virginia Theater, NYC, after 5 performances

  • May 15 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

Film & TV History

May 15 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 16 US Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • May 16 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant
  • May 18 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16
  • May 19 Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1
  • May 19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • May 20 Howard Stern fans disrupt rival radio station WMMR's & DJ John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sports History

May 20 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place

  • May 21 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

Music History

May 21 Weird Al Yankovic's "Fat" (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad") hits #99

  • May 21 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

LPGA Championship

May 22 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Sherri Turner birdies final 2 holes to win her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Amy Alcott

  • May 22 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • May 23 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • May 23 41st Cannes Film Festival: "Pelle erobreren" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • May 24 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
  • May 24 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
  • May 24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • May 25 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • May 26 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for 4 game series sweep
  • May 27 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles

Sports History

May 29 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears claims his third-career Indy 500 victory; 50th victory in Championship racing for owner Roger Penske and Penske Racing

  • May 29 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season
  • May 29 Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament
  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 1 "Morton Downey Jr Show" debuts in TV syndication
  • Jun 1 Train crash kills two in Zeeland, Netherlands
  • Jun 2 61st National Spell Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
  • Jun 2 Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

Film Premiere

Jun 3 "Big" film directed by Penny Marshall, starring Tom Hanks premieres in US

  • Jun 3 Margo Adams sues Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony
  • Jun 4 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
  • Jun 4 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)

Baseball Record

Jun 4 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf dominates Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0; shortest women's singles Grand Slam final in Open Era; 32 minutes

  • Jun 5 1st Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $590,000
  • Jun 5 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone
  • Jun 5 Longest champagne cork flight is 177'9 in NY
  • Jun 5 Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its 1,000th anniversary

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 3rd French title; beats home favourite Henri Leconte 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

  • Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers win
  • Jun 6 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • Jun 6 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • Jun 7 Aluminum contaminates Cornwall's water supply
  • Jun 8 Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • Jun 9 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • Jun 9 US Attorney General Edwin Meese orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • Jun 11 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

Music History

Jun 11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

  • Jun 11 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
  • Jun 11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • Jun 11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London
  • Jun 11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • Jun 11 NY Yankees Rick Rhoden becomes first pitcher since AL's adoption of the rule in 1973 to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI) in an 8–6 victory over Baltimore Orioles

Music Concert

Jun 11 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert includes Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

  • Jun 12 Andy Hampton is 1st American to win Round of Italy
  • Jun 12 The Republic of Ireland beats England 1-0 at Euro88 thanks to a headed goal by Ray Houghton. This is Ireland's first competitive match at a major football tournament.
  • Jun 12 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Billy Casper wins final career major title by 2 strokes from Al Geiberger

A Beautiful Day in Moscow

Jun 12 Soviet Union holds its 1st beauty content in Moscow, 16 year old Maria Kalinina crowned the winner

  • Jun 13 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
  • Jun 13 Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East
  • Jun 13 Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

Music Single

Jun 13 George Harrison releases single "This Is Love"

  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist

Music History

Jun 14 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000, alleges he hit her

  • Jun 14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • Jun 15 NASA launches space vehicle S-213
  • Jun 15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
  • Jun 16 Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
  • Jun 16 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • Jun 17 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
  • Jun 17 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
  • Jun 17 Soyuz TM-5 launches
  • Jun 17 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
  • Jun 18 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 19 Namphy takes control of Haitian government
  • Jun 19 World's then largest sausage completed at 13 1/8 miles long
  • Jun 19 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Curtis Strange wins a Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes from Englishman Nick Faldo

  • Jun 20 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved
  • Jun 20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • Jun 20 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
  • Jun 20 Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities
  • Jun 21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 21 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • Jun 21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years