On This Day

Events in History in 1988 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 503

  • Jul 3 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290

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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
  • 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
  • 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 San Yu as the 6th 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 sovereignty over West Bank to the 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

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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
  • Aug 1 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon

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Aug 1 Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
  • Aug 2 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • Aug 2 System Enhancement Association settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)
  • Aug 3 Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to NYC
  • Aug 4 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II
  • Aug 4 Hertz car rental will pay out $23 million in consumer fraud case
  • Aug 5 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
  • Aug 6 The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7
  • Aug 7 Writers guild ends its 6 months strike
  • Aug 7 Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
  • Aug 7 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • Aug 8 -11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed
  • Aug 8 Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • Aug 8 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
  • Aug 8 Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • Aug 8 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • Aug 8 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years
  • Aug 8 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
  • Aug 8 US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia
  • Aug 8 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • Aug 8 Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC
  • Aug 8 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • Aug 8 The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma.
  • Aug 9 Just 1 day after 8/8/88 NY's daily number is 888
  • Aug 10 Rodrigo Borja installed as president of Ecuador
  • Aug 10 UN estimates Asia's population hits 3 billion
  • Aug 11 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
  • Aug 11 Charlotte Colisieum in Charlotte NC opens
  • Aug 11 Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Aug 11 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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Aug 12 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 12 Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General
  • Aug 13 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit opens
  • Aug 13 Ronald J Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min
  • Aug 14 Detroit beats Sox, 18-6, at Fenway, ends Boston winning streak at 24
  • Aug 15 At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts
  • Aug 15 NYC begins $70 million program to rebuild 900 Bronx apartments
  • Aug 16 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
  • Aug 16 Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers
  • Aug 17 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
  • Aug 17 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • Aug 17 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
  • Aug 17 US Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for President
  • Aug 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 17 Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • Aug 18 FDA approves Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment
  • Aug 18 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million

  • Aug 18 Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
  • Aug 19 Iran and Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • Aug 19 Maung Maung succeeds General Sein Lwin as the 7th President of Burma
  • Aug 20 6.5 earthquake strikes India/Nepal, 1,000s killed
  • Aug 20 Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria sets 100m hurdle woman's record (12.21)
  • Aug 20 "Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 20 Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Aug 22 Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
  • Aug 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 25 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • Aug 25 Serious fire destroys historic center of Lisbon
  • Aug 25 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
  • Aug 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-214
  • Aug 26 Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

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Aug 27 Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager tops Philadelphia, 4-2

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • Aug 28 70 killed in crash of three Italian air force fighters at air show at Ramstein, Germany
  • Aug 29 Macy's Tap-o-Mania sets a Guinness record for tap dancing
  • Aug 29 USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
  • Aug 30 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 31 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator George Nicolau rules owners conspired against free agents
  • Aug 31 Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches
  • Sep 1 Timberlake Westenbaker's "Our Country's Good" premieres in London
  • Sep 2 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley
  • 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
  • Sep 6 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
  • Sep 6 Thomas Gregory (11) swims English Channel
  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 Security & Exchange Commission accuses Drexel of violating security laws
  • Sep 10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan

  • Sep 11 1/3 of population argues for Estonia autonomy
  • Sep 12 Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
  • Sep 13 9 hard/software manufacturers announce EISA computer bus in NY
  • Sep 13 Gilbert is strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
  • Sep 17 Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL
  • Sep 17 13th Toronto International Film Festival: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" directed by Pedro Almodovar wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 Coup in Haiti: General Prosper Avril takes control, Henri Namphy flees
  • Sep 18 Burma suspends its constitution
  • Sep 19 Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance
  • Sep 20 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 22 Canada begins production of a $5 silver Maple Leaf bullion coin
  • Sep 23 Fiji's new constitution is proposed
  • Sep 23 Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst"
  • Sep 24 Barbara C Harris of Mass, elected 1st woman Episcopal bishop
  • Sep 24 Canada's Ben Johnson runs drug-assisted 100m in 9.79 sec
  • Sep 24 Dave Stieb has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in the 9th

BeatificationBeatification

Sep 25 Pope John Paul II beatifies Friar Junípero Serra (founder of 1st Californian missions)

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 26 Canada's Ben Johnson stripped of his 100-m gold failing drug test
  • Sep 26 NYC's Rockefeller Center declared a national landmark
  • Sep 26 Polish communist party picks propaganda chief Rakowski as new PM
  • Sep 26 US space shuttle STS-26 launched
  • Sep 27 Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story
  • Sep 27 Senate votes for major federal tax code changes

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Sep 27 The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded in Burma (Myanmar)

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Sep 27 Canadian Finn class sailor Lawrence Lemieux abandons race 5 to assist injured competitor after being in 2nd place; selfless act is awarded with the Pierre de Coubertin medal
  • Sep 28 Bronx Museum for Arts opens
  • Sep 28 LA Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale's record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings
  • Sep 29 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched

  • Sep 29 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 29 UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
  • Sep 29 Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 30 Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko retires as Soviet Foreign Minister
  • Sep 30 Dave Stieb loses 2nd consecutive no hitter bid with 2 outs in 9th
  • Sep 30 IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer
  • Oct 1 Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

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Oct 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 2 Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections
  • Oct 3 26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days
  • Oct 3 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th & 45th Sts NYC
  • Oct 3 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • Oct 3 WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK & begins airing Howard Stern
  • Oct 4 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • Oct 5 Brazil adopts its Constitution

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

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

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Oct 5 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • Oct 7 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • Oct 8 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • Oct 8 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • Oct 9 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • Oct 9 Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • Oct 10 Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to manage the club in 1989
  • Oct 12 George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate
  • Oct 12 Israel & China sign trade deal, plan diplomatic relations

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Oct 12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 13 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • Oct 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 Naguib Mahfouz is the 1st Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 14 Crude oil prices jump in anticipation of possible production accord at Gulf Cooperation Council meeting set for October 16

  • Oct 17 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • Oct 17 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • Oct 17 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 is released
  • Oct 18 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • Oct 19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • Oct 19 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • Oct 19 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • Oct 19 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • Oct 20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • Oct 20 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
  • Oct 20 Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)

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Oct 21 Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • Oct 22 Supreme Ct Justice Sandra Day O'Connor OK after breast cancer surgery
  • Oct 23 Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate
  • Oct 24 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • Oct 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll