February 1988 calendar

February 1988

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in February 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 February 1988: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1988?


  • 01 Feb 1988 Heather O'Rourke, American actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at age 12 (born 1975).
  • 03 Feb 1988 The Democrat-controlled United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to support the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • 04 Feb 1988 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
  • 05 Feb 1988 Arizona House of Representatives votes to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham.
  • 07 Feb 1988 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago, Illinois.
  • 08 Feb 1988 NASA launches DOD-2.
  • 09 Feb 1988 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (overtime) at Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • 10 Feb 1988 Three-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal).
  • 11 Feb 1988 Anthony M Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
  • 12 Feb 1988 Anthony M. Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 13 Feb 1988 15th Winter Olympic games open at Calgary, Canada
  • 14 Feb 1988 General hospital star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden
  • 15 Feb 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 16 Feb 1988 First documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador.
  • 17 Feb 1988 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 18 Feb 1988 Anthony M Kennedy sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
  • 19 Feb 1988 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, and Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200 metre (1:32.55).
  • 20 Feb 1988 Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for US$37.6 million.
  • 21 Feb 1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • 22 Feb 1988 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500 metre (39.10 seconds).
  • 23 Feb 1988 15th Winter Olympic games opens in Calgary, Alberta
  • 24 Feb 1988 Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • 25 Feb 1988 Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love Tour, begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 26 Feb 1988 Christa Rotherburger (German Democratic Republic) skates ladies world record 1000 metre (1:17.65).
  • 27 Feb 1988 Gulfstream G-IV jet goes around the world 36:08:34.
  • 28 Feb 1988 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • 29 Feb 1988 KWK-FM in St. Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • 06 Feb 1988 Michael Jordan makes his signature slam dunk from the free throw line inspiring Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Could've Beenyoutube
  2. - Seasons Change
  3. - Father Figureyoutube
  4. - Hazy Shade Of Winter
  5. - What Have I Done To Deserve This

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Should Be So Lucky
  2. - I Think We're Alone Nowyoutube
  3. - When Will I Be Famous
  4. - Tell It To My Heart
  5. - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Caryoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1988?

Love, Medicine & Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel

Love, Medicine & Miracles


The immune system's strongest stimulant is unconditional love. Love heals. Every day, miracles occur to extraordinary patients - those who love and have the courage of working with their doctors to help them recover.

Chronicle Of The 20Th Century by Clifton Daniel

Chronicle Of The 20Th Century


It's like nothing before. Imagine being able sweep your eyes across the amazing riches and excitement of this century, as reported by the "News of the Day".

Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann

Oscar Wilde


The biography is sensitive to the tragic story of Oscar Wilde, a great subject, psychologically and sexually complex, incredibly quotable and central to an alluring cultural world.

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The Tommyknockers


Stephen King, master storyteller, presents the terrifying #1 New York Times Bestseller about a frightening otherworldly discovery that has devastating effects on a small-town.

Mortal Fear by Robin Cook

Mortal Fear


Mortal Fear is a horrifying medical nightmare at the cutting edge in genetic research. It explores the uncertain future of modern medicine.