Events in History in July 1988

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jul 9 Chris Speier hits for the cycle & Ernest Riles hits 10,000th Giant HR
  • Jul 12 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
  • Jul 14 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
  • Jul 14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive

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Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100m in 9.78 sec

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 16 Florence Joyner runs 100m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • Jul 16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • Jul 17 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Jul 17 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Jul 17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)
  • Jul 18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on cruise ship City of Poros
  • Jul 20 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • Jul 21 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
  • Jul 21 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • Jul 22 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research
  • Jul 23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • Jul 27 Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years
  • Jul 27 General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • Jul 27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer
  • Jul 28 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • Jul 28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • Jul 28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • Jul 28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • Jul 29 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
  • Jul 29 Gorbachev pushes plan electing president and parliament in March, 1989
  • Jul 29 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • Jul 30 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • Jul 30 John Franco saves record 13th game of July
  • Jul 30 Jordanian King Hussein renounces sovereignity over West Bank to PLO
  • Jul 30 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's House of Representatives
  • Jul 30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
  • Jul 30 ArenaBowl II, Allstate Arena, Rosemount, Illinois: Detroit Drive beats Chicago Bruisers 24-13, Steve Griffin MVP
  • Jul 31 Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years

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Jul 31 Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Jul 31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia