August 1988 calendar

August 1988

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1988.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1988: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1988?


  • 01 Aug 1988 Deep Rover one-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon.
  • 02 Aug 1988 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • 03 Aug 1988 Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to New York City
  • 04 Aug 1988 US Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II.
  • 05 Aug 1988 Mario Biaggi (Representative-Democrat-New York), convicted of racketeering, resigns seat.
  • 06 Aug 1988 Oakland Athletics Jose Canseco becomes 11th to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases
  • 07 Aug 1988 Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
  • 08 Aug 1988 9th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player
  • 09 Aug 1988 Just one day after 8/8/88 New York lottery's daily number is 888.
  • 10 Aug 1988 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style
  • 11 Aug 1988 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
  • 12 Aug 1988 Movie Last Temptation of Christ is released
  • 13 Aug 1988 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit Opens
  • 14 Aug 1988 70th PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman shoots a 272 at Oak Tree Golf Club - Edmond
  • 15 Aug 1988 At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts
  • 16 Aug 1988 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
  • 17 Aug 1988 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • 18 Aug 1988 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island, New York sells for $22 million.
  • 19 Aug 1988 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war
  • 20 Aug 1988 6.5 earthquake strikes India / Nepal, 1,000s killed
  • 21 Aug 1988 Cease fire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 22 Aug 1988 NBC premieres Later with Bob Costas
  • 23 Aug 1988 Mike Tyson and Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem
  • 25 Aug 1988 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • 27 Aug 1988 Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager tops Philadelphia, 4-2
  • 28 Aug 1988 40th Emmy Awards: 30something, Wonder Years and Richard Kiley
  • 29 Aug 1988 USSR launches 3 Cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
  • 30 Aug 1988 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen
  • 31 Aug 1988 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • 01 Aug 1988 A British soldier was killed in the Inglis Barracks bombing in London, England.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1988?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Roll With It
  2. - Monkeyyoutube
  3. - Hands To Heaven
  4. - I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
  5. - Hold On To The Nights

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Only Way Is Up
  2. - The Loco-Motionyoutube
  3. - I Need You
  4. - You Came
  5. - The Harder I Try


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1988?

Thriving On Chaos by Tom Peters

Thriving On Chaos


This national bestseller offers solutions to an upside-down economic world. A New York Times bestseller for eleven months.

Shining Through by Susan Isaacs

Shining Through


It's 1940, and Linda Voss is a legal secretary extraordinaire. John Berringer, her boss and pride of the Ivy League, is all she can think about.

A Thief Of Time by Tony Hillerman

A Thief Of Time


A prominent anthropologist disappears in a moonlit Indian ruin, where "thieves" of time ravage sacred ground for the sake of profit. He is on the brink of making an historic discovery that will change the course of history.

Libra by Don DeLillo



Don DeLillo's powerful and convincing fiction on John F. Kennedy's assassination traces Lee Harvey Oswald’s journey from troubled teenager into a man of precarious security.

Chaos by James Gleick



National Book Award finalist James Gleick's bestseller that sold more than one million copies.