October 1988 calendar

October 1988

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1988?


  • 01 Oct 1988 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens
  • 02 Oct 1988 24th Olympic games close at Seoul, Korea
  • 03 Oct 1988 Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th and 45th Sts, New York City
  • 04 Oct 1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid.
  • 05 Oct 1988 Brazil adopts its Constitution
  • 06 Oct 1988 Oakland Athletics sweep Boston Red Sox in four games for American League pennant.
  • 07 Oct 1988 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as New York Yankee manager
  • 08 Oct 1988 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • 09 Oct 1988 17% vote extremely-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • 10 Oct 1988 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
  • 12 Oct 1988 George Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in 2nd debate
  • 13 Oct 1988 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
  • 14 Oct 1988 Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce and annulment
  • 15 Oct 1988 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma).
  • 16 Oct 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 17 Oct 1988 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • 19 Oct 1988 Roxette releases Roxette Look Sharp! album
  • 20 Oct 1988 Dodgers win World Series, LA 1st to have both NBA and baseball champs as LA beats Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 1 in 85th World Series
  • 21 Oct 1988 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 22 Oct 1988 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time
  • 23 Oct 1988 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid.
  • 24 Oct 1988 Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released
  • 26 Oct 1988 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service
  • 27 Oct 1988 ET released to home video
  • 28 Oct 1988 Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister
  • 29 Oct 1988 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • 30 Oct 1988 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship
  • 31 Oct 1988 Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia.
  • 05 Oct 1988 A Chilean opposition coalition defeats Augusto Pinochet in his re-election attempt.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Don't Worry Be Happy (Edit)
  2. - Love Bitesyoutube
  3. - Red Red Wine '88
  4. - Groovy Kind Of Love
  5. - Kokomoyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - One Moment In Time
  2. - Desire
  3. - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  4. - Orinoco Flow
  5. - Don't Worry, Be Happy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1988?

The First Salute by Barbara W. Tuchman

The First Salute


Barbara W. Tuchman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Guns of August. With this insightful, brilliant narrative about the Revolutionary War, she turns her sights homeward.

Surviving The Great Depression Of 1990 by Ravi Batra

Surviving The Great Depression Of 1990


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The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence Of The Lambs


Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, is assigned a task as part of the hunt for "Buffalo Bill", a serial killer. For this assignment, she must visit a man in a high-security prison.

Generation Of Swine by Hunter S. Thompson

Generation Of Swine


Hunter S. Thompson, the bestselling author Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, has returned with his second volume of "Gonzo Papers", the legendary Hunter S. Thompson.

To Be The Best by Barbara Taylor Bradford

To Be The Best


This captivating sequel to Barbara Taylor Bradford’s beloved novels A Woman of Substance, Hold The Dream and A Woman of Substance is an enthralling read. This remarkable contemporary novel is set in America, Hong Kong, and Yorkshire.