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Events in History in 1988 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 503 of 503

  • Oct 26 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • Oct 27 Larry Flynt paid hitman $1M to kill Hefner, Guccione & Sinatra
  • Oct 28 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $10 million to University of Washington library

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • Oct 29 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics
  • Oct 29 China announces a herbal male contraceptive
  • Oct 29 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 29 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • Oct 30 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot
  • Oct 30 Jim Elliott (US) completes 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • Oct 31 19°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • Oct 31 Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia
  • Nov 1 Staten Island ferry gets 1st pay phones
  • Nov 2 The Morris worm, first internet-distributed computer worm to gain mainstream media attention launched from MIT, strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities
  • Nov 3 Pakistan claims it downed Afghan warplane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 President Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

  • Nov 3 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew
  • Nov 3 Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at TV taping
  • Nov 5 Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage
  • Nov 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 5 Gulch wins Breeder's Cup
  • Nov 7 Sugar Ray Leonard KO's Donnie LaLonde
  • Nov 8 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • Nov 8 Vice President George H. W. Bush is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis
  • Nov 8 Rafael Fernandez Colón re-elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Nov 10 China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938
  • Nov 10 NY's MTA announces it may replace tokens with credit card type passes
  • Nov 11 Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
  • Nov 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 15 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV, collapses
  • Nov 15 Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)
  • Nov 15 The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands.
  • Nov 16 Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 16 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto's PPP wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 President Reagan and the First Lady participate in the official state arrival ceremony, meetings and a state dinner with Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Nov 23 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 23 President Reagan announces that he is pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees.
  • Nov 25 Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges
  • Nov 25 Convention on exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources signed
  • Nov 25 Widespread earthquake hits North East US, Canada, no damage reported
  • Nov 25 German politician Rita Süssmuth becomes president of the Bundestag.
  • Nov 26 Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev & Jean-Loup Chretien launch
  • Nov 26 Pioneer 6's closest approach to Earth since 1965 launch (1.87 M km)

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Nov 28 Picasso's "Acrobat & Harlequin" sells for $38.46 million

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Nov 30 Cyclone lashes Bangladesh, Eastern India; 317 killed
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Nov 30 Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
  • Nov 30 UN General Assembly (151-2) censures US for refusing PLO's Arafat visa
  • Nov 30 Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for $25.07 billion USD.
  • Dec 1 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless
  • Dec 1 Benazir Bhutto named 1st female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan)
  • Dec 1 Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
  • Dec 1 First World AIDS day to raise awareness of the AIDS global epidemic
  • Dec 2 5 gunmen who hijacked Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel
  • Dec 2 STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
  • Dec 2 UN votes 151-2 (Israel and US) to move PLO debate to Geneva, Great Britain abstains
  • Dec 3 NY Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48)
  • Dec 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 5 Federal grand jury indicts The PTL Club founder and Christian evangelist Jim Bakker for fraud after he paid hush money to cover up an alleged rape
  • Dec 5 Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 6 Yasser Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 6 Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 6 Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 6 STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
  • 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 7 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
  • Dec 7 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN

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Dec 7 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Dec 9 The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
  • Dec 12 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • Dec 12 NYC Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
  • Dec 12 PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist
  • Dec 13 3 men end 29-hr all-466-station subway ride in NYC
  • Dec 13 Yasser Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • Dec 14 Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures
  • Dec 14 US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs)
  • Dec 16 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
  • Dec 17 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
  • Dec 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 19 NASA unveils plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars
  • Dec 19 Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
  • Dec 20 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
  • Dec 20 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka
  • Dec 21 Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
  • Dec 21 Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
  • Dec 21 Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • Dec 22 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ
  • Dec 22 South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa
  • Dec 22 Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast
  • Dec 26 Anti African student rebellion in Nanjing, China
  • Dec 27 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
  • Dec 28 John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • Dec 28 US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
  • Dec 30 Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US
  • Dec 30 Former Soviet President Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-yr (bribery)
  • Dec 30 Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard
  • Dec 30 North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial

Sports AwardsThe 1988 Fog Bowl

Dec 31 "The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolls over Soldier Field in Chicago during second quarter of the Bears vs Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cuts visibility to 15-20 yards (Bears win 20-12)

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A photo taken as the Bears and Eagles face off in the 1988
A photo taken as the Bears and Eagles face off in the 1988 "Fog Bowl"
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