March 1988 calendar

March 1988

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1988?


  • 01 Mar 1988 Joe Besser, American comedian (The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello), dies at age 80 (born 1907).
  • 02 Mar 1988 Dutch Liberal Party merges with SDP.
  • 05 Mar 1988 The Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • 06 Mar 1988 3 IRA suspects were shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
  • 07 Mar 1988 Jim Abbott, one-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award.
  • 08 Mar 1988 U.S. presidential candidate George Herbert Walker Bush defeats Robert Dole in numerous Republican primaries and caucuses on "Super Tuesday."
  • 09 Mar 1988 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp
  • 10 Mar 1988 Avalanche at Swiss ski resort "Klosters" nearly kills Prince Charles.
  • 11 Mar 1988 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire.
  • 13 Mar 1988 14th People's Choice Awards: Fatal Attraction, Bill Cosby win.
  • 15 Mar 1988 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbons.
  • 16 Mar 1988 North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, three killed.
  • 17 Mar 1988 Les Miserables, opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • 19 Mar 1988 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast North Ireland
  • 20 Mar 1988 Mike Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs in two rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 21 Mar 1988 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis and Hank Williams Jr.
  • 22 Mar 1988 US Congress overrides Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill.
  • 24 Mar 1988 Gospel at Colonus opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 25 Mar 1988 Les Miserables, opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya Japan
  • 26 Mar 1988 Janet B Evans swims 1500 metre freestyle female world record (15:02.10).
  • 27 Mar 1988 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova and Bukin (URS)
  • 29 Mar 1988 Oba Oba opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 30 Mar 1988 2nd Soul Train Music Awards
  • 31 Mar 1988 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for Beloved
  • 06 Mar 1988 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers are shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in Operation Flavius.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Father Figureyoutube
  2. - Never Gonna Give You Upyoutube
  3. - Man In The Mirror
  4. - I Get Weak
  5. - Endless Summer Nights

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Should Be So Lucky
  2. - Heart
  3. - Don't Turn Around
  4. - Drop The Boy
  5. - Together Forever


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 1988?

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.

Treasure by Clive Cussler



Clive Cussler is the author of 16 consecutive New York Times bestsellers. He brings us Dirk Pitt, our beloved character. Dirk discovers a path that leads to precious treasures.

S. by John Updike



S. tells the story Sarah P. Worth, a modern spiritual seeker who fell in love with a Hindu mystic named the Arhat.

Battle Cry Of Freedom by James M. McPherson

Battle Cry Of Freedom


Battle Cry of Freedom is a one-volume history of Civil War that will be filled with new interpretations and information. It challenges old myths and creates new ones.

The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum

The Icarus Agenda


Evan Kendrick, a Colorado congressman, is trying to keep his term quiet when a political mole uncovers his deepest secrets: Kendrick was an anonymous hero who liberated hostages from terrorists in Arab countries at the American Embassy in Masqat and …