Events in History in 1988

Events 1 - 200 of 536

  • Jan 1 Year of the Reader begins
  • Jan 2 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn
  • 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

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

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 8 Dow Jones down 140.58 points
  • Jan 8 Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
  • Jan 8 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
  • Jan 9 August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" premieres in Boston
  • Jan 9 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • Jan 11 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 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 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes
  • 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

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

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Jan 17 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti
  • Jan 18 Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board
  • 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
  • Jan 21 US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children
  • Jan 23 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
  • Jan 24 9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"
  • Jan 24 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • Jan 25 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname
  • Jan 26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • 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 29 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • 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
  • Feb 3 Nurses across the UK strike over pay and funding for the NHS

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Feb 4 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 4 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work

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Feb 5 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Feb 5 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
  • Feb 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 8 NASA launches DOD-2
  • Feb 10 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • Feb 10 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Feb 12 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • Feb 13 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • Feb 13 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)
  • Feb 14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay
  • Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • Feb 16 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • Feb 17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • Feb 17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • Feb 18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Feb 18 Federal Road Safety Corps is established in Nigeria
  • Feb 19 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • Feb 20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 20 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • Feb 20 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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Feb 20 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Feb 20 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • Feb 21 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • Feb 21 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • Feb 22 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)
  • Feb 23 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
  • Feb 24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • Feb 24 US Supreme Court votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • Feb 25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 25 South Korea adopts constitution
  • Feb 26 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • Feb 27 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • Feb 28 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • Feb 28 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • Feb 29 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • Feb 29 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations
  • Mar 1 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • Mar 1 Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile
  • Mar 2 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • Mar 5 Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • Mar 6 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
  • Mar 6 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers

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Mar 7 Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Mar 7 Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

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Mar 10 Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Mar 11 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
  • Mar 11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • Mar 15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • Mar 15 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • Mar 16 Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • Mar 16 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • Mar 16 US sends 3,000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
  • Mar 16 Chemical attack on Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi forces kills 5000 civilians - largest ever chemical weapons attack
  • Mar 17 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • Mar 19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates un-official world record 10 km (15:25.25)
  • Mar 20 David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in NYC
  • Mar 20 Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
  • Mar 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-206
  • Mar 26 Janet B Evans swims 1500m freestyle female world record (15:52.10)
  • Mar 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 27 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • Mar 27 Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase
  • Mar 29 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras
  • Mar 30 Tamil Nadu beat Railways by inns & 144 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium
  • Mar 31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for "Beloved"
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards)
  • 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 R Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Apr 7 Gerrit John Heijns murderer, arrested
  • Apr 7 Russia announced it would 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 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens
  • Apr 12 Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif
  • 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 "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 30 Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • 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
  • May 1 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
  • May 2 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

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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 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

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May 8 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France

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

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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 Gen 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 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited 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 3 "Big" premieres in US
  • Jun 4 Longest game in Balt 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 it's 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 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

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

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 Largest Sausage completed at 13 1/8 miles long
  • Jun 20 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved