November 1988 calendar

November 1988

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1988?


  • 01 Nov 1988 Actor Jeff Goldblum and actress Gena Davis wed in Las Vegas
  • 02 Nov 1988 1st Mrs America beauty pageant
  • 03 Nov 1988 Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill
  • 04 Nov 1988 1st NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • 05 Nov 1988 1st NBA game at Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons beat Hornets 94-85
  • 06 Nov 1988 19th NYC Marathon won by Steve Jones in 2:08:20
  • 07 Nov 1988 MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)
  • 08 Nov 1988 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • 09 Nov 1988 Prince of Central Park opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 10 Nov 1988 China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938
  • 11 Nov 1988 Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
  • 12 Nov 1988 Japan beats Major League Baseball All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7).
  • 13 Nov 1988 Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian law student in Portland, Oregon is beaten to death by members of the Neo-Nazi group East Side White Pride.
  • 15 Nov 1988 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award
  • 16 Nov 1988 Benazir Bhutto wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years
  • 17 Nov 1988 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
  • 18 Nov 1988 Canadian federal election, 1988: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada win a second majority government.
  • 19 Nov 1988 Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic publicly declares that Serbia is under attack from Albanian separatists in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and a foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia.
  • 20 Nov 1988 Les Miserables, opens a Bus and Truck tour in Tampa
  • 21 Nov 1988 Ted Turner officially buys Jim Crockett Promotions, known as NWA Crockett, and turns it into World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
  • 22 Nov 1988 In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
  • 23 Nov 1988 Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal.
  • 24 Nov 1988 The popular American cult television comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes its debut on KTMA.
  • 25 Nov 1988 Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges
  • 26 Nov 1988 Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev, and Jean-Loup Chretien launch.
  • 27 Nov 1988 76th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats BC Lions, 22-21
  • 30 Nov 1988 New York City furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase

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Music charts

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

  1. - Kokomoyoutube
  2. - Wild, Wild Westyoutube
  3. - Bad Medicineyoutube
  4. - Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley
  5. - Look Awayyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Country: United States of America

Schindler's List

Schindler's List

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Chan-wook Park

Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Country: United States of America

Ardh Satya

Ardh Satya

Directed by: Govind Nihalani

Starring: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar


Which were the most popular books released in November 1988?
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The First Salute by Barbara W. Tuchman

The First Salute


Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.

Alaska by James A. Michener



In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present.

The Lives Of John Lennon by Albert Goldman

The Lives Of John Lennon


The result of six years of research and some 1,200 interviews, this book takes fans deep into Lennon’s secretive world, from his traumatic childhood to his Beatles days to his hidden

Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons

Peachtree Road


Headstrong, independent, and devastatingly beautiful Lucy Bondurant Chastain Venable will never become the demure Southern lady her family requires—while her older cousin, Sheppard Gibbs Bondurant III, is too shy and bookish,

One by Richard Bach



I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?