July 1988 calendar

July 1988

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 1988?


  • 02 Jul 1988 95th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova
  • 03 Jul 1988 16th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sally Little
  • 04 Jul 1988 102nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Becker
  • 05 Jul 1988 Malcolm Marshall takes 7-22 at Old Trafford, England all out 93
  • 06 Jul 1988 North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • 07 Jul 1988 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful).
  • 08 Jul 1988 Miami Arena opens
  • 09 Jul 1988 Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble
  • 10 Jul 1988 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 11 Jul 1988 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor
  • 12 Jul 1988 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • 13 Jul 1988 9th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 14 Jul 1988 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive
  • 16 Jul 1988 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec
  • 17 Jul 1988 117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham
  • 18 Jul 1988 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on City of Poros cruise ship
  • 20 Jul 1988 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • 21 Jul 1988 Mass Gov Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for President
  • 22 Jul 1988 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research.
  • 23 Jul 1988 General Ne Win, effective ruler of Burma since 1962, resigns after pro-democracy protests.
  • 24 Jul 1988 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in second round of 1990 world soccer cup.
  • 25 Jul 1988 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • 26 Jul 1988 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies and New York Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • 27 Jul 1988 General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • 28 Jul 1988 IBM announces price hike on older models
  • 29 Jul 1988 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • 30 Jul 1988 Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • 31 Jul 1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • 02 Jul 1988 Marcel Lefebvre and the four bishops he consecrated were excommunicated by the Holy See.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Dirty Dianayoutube
  2. - The Flameyoutube
  3. - Hold On To The Nights
  4. - Roll With It
  5. - Foolish Beatyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
  2. - The Only Way Is Up
  3. - The Twist (Yo, Twist)
  4. - The Loco-Motion
  5. - Push It / Tramp


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in July 1988?

Riding The Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux

Riding The Iron Rooster


Paul Theroux (author of The Great Railway Bazaar, and The Old Patagonian Express), takes to the rails again with this account of his epic trip.

Zoya by Danielle Steel



Zoya, a young cousin to the Tsar flees St. Petersburg for safety against the backdrop of World War I Europe and the Russian Revolution. She is forever changed by the events in her life and she joins Paris' Ballet Russe.

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.

Scorpius by John Gardner



Special Branch does not normally care about dead bodies floating in the Thames. However, they will be very interested in corpses that are young girls with impeccable backgrounds.

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Shell Seekers


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