On This Day

1988 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 483

  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • Apr 4 Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • 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 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • 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 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 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • 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 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia
  • May 1 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright David Mamet
David Mamet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 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
  • May 6 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
  • May 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 8 Francois Mitterrand elected President of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

  • May 9 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • May 10 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test
  • 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 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 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 WMMR's & John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 22 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • May 23 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • May 24 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • May 24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • May 27 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
  • May 29 Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament
  • 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
  • Jun 4 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)
  • 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
  • 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 US Attorney General Edwin Meese orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London
  • 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.

A Beautiful Day in MoscowA Beautiful Day in Moscow

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

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Maria Kalinina becomes Miss Moscow. © Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Corbis
Maria Kalinina becomes Miss Moscow. © Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Corbis
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  • Jun 13 Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist
  • Jun 15 NASA launches space vehicle S-213
  • Jun 15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
  • 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 19 Namphy takes control of Haitian government
  • Jun 19 World's then largest sausage completed at 13 1/8 miles long
  • Jun 20 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved
  • Jun 20 Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities
  • Jun 21 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • Jun 21 Rascals begin 1st tour in 20 years
  • Jun 25 104°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • Jun 25 Iceland's President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir elected (90+%)
  • Jun 25 Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 30 Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason and his role as bus driver Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners"
  • Jun 30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Jul 1 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua
  • Jul 2 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • Jul 4 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • Jul 6 Carlos Salinas de Gortari elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 6 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • Jul 7 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 7 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act
  • Jul 8 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • Jul 8 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History

  • Jul 29 Ellin Berlin [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • Jul 31 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
  • Aug 1 John Dearden, American cardinal (1969-88) and archbishop of Detroit, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • Aug 2 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • Aug 6 J Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Adela Rogers St John, journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
  • Aug 10 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Pauline Lafont, daughter of Bernadette, dies in hiking accident at 25
  • Aug 13 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), dies at 88
  • Aug 15 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
  • Aug 17 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Aug 18 Alexandr V Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut, dies in SU-26 crash at 42

Person of interestFrederick Ashton

Aug 18 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Frederick Ashton
  • Aug 21 H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Max Shulman, author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Paul Francis Lloyd, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 30 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology, dies at 87
  • Sep 1 Leonor Sullivan, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1955-77), dies at 86
  • Sep 11 George Alpert, railroad executive, dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 11 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), dies of a stroke at 53
  • Sep 12 Alan Bible, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • Sep 12 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass, dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
  • Sep 21 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • Sep 21 Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • Sep 21 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • Sep 21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • Sep 23 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, dies of cancer at 51
  • Sep 27 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • Sep 29 Charles Addams, cartoonist (Addams Family), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Sep 30 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • Oct 9 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • Oct 18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • Oct 19 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, dies at 77

Person of interestSheila Scott

Oct 20 Sheila Scott, English aviator (completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman), dies at 61

Aviator Sheila Scott
Sheila Scott
  • Oct 27 S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Hannah Tillich, German-American writer (Harbor Mouse) and wife of Paul Tillich, dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • Nov 3 Henri van Praag, Dutch para-psychologist, dies
  • Nov 7 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 8 Kingman Brewster, American educator and president of Yale University, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 John Mitchell, former Atny Gen, dies of heart attack in Washington
  • Nov 16 Lotte Stam-Beese, German/Neth architect, dies at about 85
  • Nov 17 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • Nov 19 Christine Onassis, heiress, dies of heart failure at 37
  • Nov 22 Janet Ertel, crooner, dies
  • Nov 22 Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (b. 1908)
  • Nov 22 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, dies at 89
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 21 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 81

MurderChico Mendes

Dec 22 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes
  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, American director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award-winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • Dec 30 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese-American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), dies at 84