May 1988 calendar

May 1988

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1988?


  • 01 May 1988 Romance / Romance opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • 02 May 1988 Baltimore Orioles sign a 15-year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park.
  • 03 May 1988 4,200kg Colombian cocaine is seized at Tarpon Springs, Florida.
  • 04 May 1988 A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant in Henderson, Nevada, causes damage extending up to 10 miles away, including Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.
  • 05 May 1988 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US Archbishop
  • 06 May 1988 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcestershire versus Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes.
  • 07 May 1988 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2.
  • 08 May 1988 Oba Oba closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 09 May 1988 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • 11 May 1988 KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II.
  • 12 May 1988 Carrie opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 14 May 1988 Mail closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 15 May 1988 Carrie closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 16 May 1988 Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • 18 May 1988 Bayer Leverkusen wins 17th UEFA Cup at Leverkusen.
  • 19 May 1988 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medell?n drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than three tons of cocaine into US.
  • 20 May 1988 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th homerun, moving into 8th place.
  • 21 May 1988 Fat by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
  • 22 May 1988 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner.
  • 23 May 1988 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • 24 May 1988 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe.
  • 25 May 1988 PSV wins Europe Cup.
  • 27 May 1988 US Senate ratifies a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles.
  • 28 May 1988 Genie Francis (General Hospital) weds Jonathan Frakes
  • 29 May 1988 President Zia ul-Haq fires government / disbands parliament in Pakistan
  • 31 May 1988 U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.
  • 06 May 1988 All thirty-six passengers and crew were killed when Widerøe Flight 710 crashed into Mt. Torghatten in Brønnøy.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Where Do Broken Hearts Goyoutube
  2. - Wishing Wellyoutube
  3. - Anything For You
  4. - One More Tryyoutube
  5. - Shattered Dreams

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - With A Little Help From My Friends / She's Leaving Home
  2. - Perfect
  3. - Anfield Rap (Red Machine In Full Effect)
  4. - Theme From S-Express
  5. - Got To Be Certain


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1988?

The Trial Of Socrates by I. F. Stone

The Trial Of Socrates


I.F. Stone, a noted author, unraveled the long-hidden issues in the most famous case of free speech. Stone covers both Roman and Greek history.

A Brief History Of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

A Brief History Of Time


Stephen Hawking is known as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein. This landmark book shares Hawking's brilliant intellect with all nonscientists, and guides us expertly.

Prelude To Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Prelude To Foundation


It is 12 020 G.E. Cleon I, Emperor Cleon sits uncomfortably on the Imperial throne at Trantor. Forty billion people are gathered here in the multidomed capital, Galactic Empire.

Emperor Of The Air by Ethan Canin

Emperor Of The Air


EMPEROR OF AIR "explores difficult family relationships and tender moments in self-discovery with an uncommon voice of compassion seldom found in contemporary short fiction" San Francisco Chronicle

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 …