Year 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • Aug 8 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Aug 11 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Aug 19 Iran and Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • Sep 3 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War
  • Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union
  • 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
  • Dec 1 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
  • Dec 7 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
  • Dec 7 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time
  • Dec 21 Lockerbie disaster: A terrorist bomb destroys Pan Am Flight 103 mid-air, over Scotland; kills all 259 passengers and crew on board, and 11 people on the ground [1]
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Historical Figures Born in 1988

  • Jan 3 Rodrigo de la Cadena, Mexican artist and performer
  • Jan 4 Nabila Jamshed, Indian writer
  • Jan 7 Scott Pendlebury, Australian rules footballer, born in Sale, Australia
  • Jan 11 Alexandria L'Esperance, US quintuplet, born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Danielle L'Esperance, US quintuplet, born in Royal Oak, Michigan

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Historical Marriages

  • Jan 9 English earl of St Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli
  • Feb 14 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (58) weds Lois Driggs Cannon
  • May 28 American journalist Harry Reasoner (65) weds American insurance executive Lois Harriett Weber(44) at the United Church of Christ in Humboldt, Iowa

Historical Divorces

  • Jul 25 Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage

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