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 (Star Trek TNG)
  • 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.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1988?
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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?
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Country: United States of America

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Country: United States of America

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Country: United States of America

Day for Night

Day for Night

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Country: United States of America

The Celebration

The Celebration

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen


Which were the most popular books released in May 1988?
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The Rise And Fall Of The Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

The Rise And Fall Of The Great Powers


About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new

Thriving On Chaos by Tom Peters

Thriving On Chaos


The national bestseller that offers prescriptions for an economic world turned upside down. A New York Times bestseller for eleven months.

Moonwalk by Michael Jackson



The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words. With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder

Rock Star by Jackie Collins

Rock Star


Newly repackaged—classic novels from New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins! Power. Sex. Money. Fame. The new Hollywood wives have it all.

The Power Game by Hedrick Smith

The Power Game


Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith goes inside America's power center in Washington, DC to reveal how the game of governing was played in the 1980s.