1988

1988 was a year of many important shifts in global affairs, especially in the Middle East. This was the year that the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw troops from Afghanistan under the Geneva Accords. After years of bitter fighting, the quagmire that the Soviets found themselves in became too costly and they eventually withdrew from Afghan territory, reminding the world once again that Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Empires.

1988

In a related development, this is also the year that the international terrorist group, Al Qaeda, was formed by Osama bin Laden and other veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War.

At the same time that the Soviet-Afghan conflict was drawing to a close, another war was coming to an end. In August of 1988, the brutal Iran-Iraq War came to an end after eight years of fighting. While it is difficult to say with any certainty how many people died in the war, the figure is likely well into the hundreds of thousands. The political result was a stalemate, and would set the stage for future conflict in the region as both of the rival countries vied for superior geopolitical positioning.

The Cold War was, at this point, beginning to come to a close, and some Soviet leaders saw the need for a change in economic policy. Dubbed “perestroika” or “restructuring,” the idea was to begin the restructuring process of the political and economic system of the Soviet Union. Led by Mikhail Gorbachev, these liberalizing reforms were meant to provide some semblance of a market economy that could allow for greater productivity in the Soviet economy, thereby increasing the standard of living for the average Soviet consumer. As the reforms went on, however, it seemed that people saw this as the beginning of the end of the old command economy. Indeed, it is possible that this restructuring helped bring down the Soviet system.

Discover how the world looked like in 1988

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 61st edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Rain Man

Rain Man

Rain Man

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Country: United States of America

Best director

Barry Levinson

Rain Man

Rain Man

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Dustin Hoffman

Rain Man

Rain Man

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Jodie Foster

The Accused

The Accused

Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

Starring: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Kevin Kline

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese

Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Geena Davis

The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1988 ?
Unlimited books on any devices, try your first month free

Chaos by James Gleick

Chaos

By:

The million-copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Gleick that reveals the science behind chaos theoryNational bestsellerMore than a million copies soldA work of popular science

The Bonfire Of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe

The Bonfire Of The Vanities

By:

Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review)“A page-turner .

Alaska by James A. Michener

Alaska

By:

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.

Zoya by Danielle Steel

Zoya

By:

Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and World War I Europe, Zoya, young cousin to the Tsar, flees St. Petersburg to Paris to find safety. Her entire world forever changed, she faces hard times and joins the Ballet Russe …

The Rise And Fall Of The Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

The Rise And Fall Of The Great Powers

By:

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

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1988


Peace Prize

  • United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces

Literature

  • Naguib Mahfouz

Physics

  • Leon M. Lederman
  • Melvin Schwartz
  • Jack Steinberger

Economic Sciences

  • Maurice Allais

Chemistry

  • Johann Deisenhofer
  • Robert Huber
  • Hartmut Michel

Physiology or Medicine

  • James W. Black
  • Gertrude B. Elion
  • George H. Hitchings

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
Watch popular movies, TV series and live events, start your 30-day free trial

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Country: United States of America

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Country: United States of America

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Country: United States of America

Die Hard

Die Hard

Directed by: John McTiernan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Country: United States of America

Akira

Akira

Directed by: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1988 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1988


Population statistics

  • Total population: 5.1 billion (5,145,426,008 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 2.2 billion, that is 42.0% of the total population of 1988 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +93.0 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.84%
  • Average density: 35.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1988?


Events

  • 01 Jan Year of the Reader begins
  • 02 Jan Mulroney and Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement
  • 03 Jan Israel orders nine Palestinian "instigators" deported from West Beirut.
  • 08 Jan Dow Jones down 140.58 points
  • 09 Jan English Earl of Saint Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli.
  • 11 Jan Test debut of Phil Simmons, West Indies versus India, Madras.
  • 12 Jan Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates player), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 13 Jan LA Dodger / SD Padre Steve Garvey retires
  • 15 Jan Narendra Hirwani takes 16-136 (8-61 and 8-75) versus West Indies on Test debut.
  • 16 Jan 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Live wins
  • 17 Jan Teddy & Alice closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 18 Jan Airliner crashes in southwest China, killing all 108 on board.
  • 19 Jan 48 Hours premiers on CBS-TV
  • 20 Jan Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Governor Evan Mecham.
  • 21 Jan US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children.
  • 22 Jan Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in four rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 23 Jan 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Sally Kirkland, Michael Douglas.
  • 24 Jan 9th ACE Cable Awards
  • 25 Jan George Harrison releases When We Was Fab
  • 26 Jan Phantom of the Opera opens at Majestic Theater in New York City, New York for 4,000+ performances.
  • 27 Jan US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court.
  • 28 Jan Saratina! opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • 29 Jan Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons (61,938).
  • 30 Jan Hansie Cronje gets a pair in second first-class game (OFS versus N Tvl).
  • 31 Jan Barge sinks near Anacortes, Washington, USA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil.
  • 01 Feb Heather O'Rourke, American actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at age 12 (born 1975).
  • 03 Feb The Democrat-controlled United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to support the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • 04 Feb Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
  • 05 Feb Arizona House of Representatives votes to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham.
  • 07 Feb 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago, Illinois.
  • 08 Feb NASA launches DOD-2.
  • 09 Feb 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (overtime) at Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • 10 Feb Three-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal).
  • 11 Feb Anthony M Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
  • 12 Feb Anthony M. Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 13 Feb 15th Winter Olympic games open at Calgary, Canada
  • 14 Feb General hospital star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden
  • 15 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 16 Feb First documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador.
  • 17 Feb Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 18 Feb Anthony M Kennedy sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
  • 19 Feb Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, and Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200 metre (1:32.55).
  • 20 Feb Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for US$37.6 million.
  • 21 Feb Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • 22 Feb Bonnie Blair skates world record 500 metre (39.10 seconds).
  • 23 Feb 15th Winter Olympic games opens in Calgary, Alberta
  • 24 Feb Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • 25 Feb Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love Tour, begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 26 Feb Christa Rotherburger (German Democratic Republic) skates ladies world record 1000 metre (1:17.65).
  • 27 Feb Gulfstream G-IV jet goes around the world 36:08:34.
  • 28 Feb 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • 29 Feb KWK-FM in St. Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • 01 Mar Joe Besser, American comedian (The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello), dies at age 80 (born 1907).
  • 02 Mar Dutch Liberal Party merges with SDP.
  • 05 Mar The Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
  • 06 Mar 3 IRA suspects were shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
  • 07 Mar Jim Abbott, one-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award.
  • 08 Mar U.S. presidential candidate George Herbert Walker Bush defeats Robert Dole in numerous Republican primaries and caucuses on "Super Tuesday."
  • 09 Mar President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp
  • 10 Mar Avalanche at Swiss ski resort "Klosters" nearly kills Prince Charles.
  • 11 Mar Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire.
  • 13 Mar 14th People's Choice Awards: Fatal Attraction, Bill Cosby win.
  • 15 Mar NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbons.
  • 16 Mar North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, three killed.
  • 17 Mar Les Miserables, opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • 19 Mar 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast North Ireland
  • 20 Mar Mike Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs in two rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 21 Mar 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis and Hank Williams Jr.
  • 22 Mar US Congress overrides Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill.
  • 24 Mar Gospel at Colonus opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 25 Mar Les Miserables, opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya Japan
  • 26 Mar Janet B Evans swims 1500 metre freestyle female world record (15:02.10).
  • 27 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova and Bukin (URS)
  • 29 Mar Oba Oba opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 30 Mar 2nd Soul Train Music Awards
  • 31 Mar Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for Beloved
  • 03 Apr 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott.
  • 04 Apr Last broadcast of Crossroads on British TV
  • 05 Apr Democratic Convention picks Michael Dukakis as their Presidential Candidate
  • 06 Apr Black pole explorer M Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington
  • 07 Apr Devils 3-2 over Isles, 1st round tied 1-1
  • 09 Apr Les Miserables, opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • 10 Apr 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Leonard Part 6 wins.
  • 11 Apr Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens.
  • 12 Apr Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
  • 13 Apr Italy government of De Mita forms.
  • 14 Apr Mail opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 15 Apr Meteorite explodes above Indonesia.
  • 17 Apr Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star / Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • 18 Apr Barbra Streisand records Warm All Over
  • 20 Apr Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • 22 Apr New Jersey Devils' Patrik Sundstrom ties NHL playoff record of eight points in a playoff game (hat trick and five assists) in 10-4 rout over the Washington Capitals.
  • 23 Apr Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25km (1:29:30)/30km (1:47:06).
  • 24 Apr Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic.
  • 25 Apr Nightline goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • 26 Apr NBA approves addition of third referee in the 1988-89 season.
  • 28 Apr Chess opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 29 Apr 60 Minutes newscaster Diane Sawyer weds Mike Nichols
  • 30 Apr World Expo '88 opens in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The exhibition runs for six months, hosting pavilions from over 70 countries.
  • 01 May Romance / Romance opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • 02 May Baltimore Orioles sign a 15-year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park.
  • 03 May 4,200kg Colombian cocaine is seized at Tarpon Springs, Florida.
  • 04 May 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 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US Archbishop
  • 06 May Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcestershire versus Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes.
  • 07 May 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2.
  • 08 May Oba Oba closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 09 May Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • 11 May KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II.
  • 12 May Carrie opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 14 May Mail closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 15 May Carrie closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 16 May Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • 18 May Bayer Leverkusen wins 17th UEFA Cup at Leverkusen.
  • 19 May 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 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th homerun, moving into 8th place.
  • 21 May Fat by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
  • 22 May 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner.
  • 23 May Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • 24 May Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe.
  • 25 May PSV wins Europe Cup.
  • 27 May US Senate ratifies a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles.
  • 28 May Genie Francis (General Hospital) weds Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek TNG)
  • 29 May President Zia ul-Haq fires government / disbands parliament in Pakistan
  • 31 May U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.
  • 01 Jun Les Miserables, opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • 02 Jun 61st National Spelling Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
  • 03 Jun Big, premieres in US
  • 04 Jun Cabaret closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • 05 Jun 58th French Mens Tennis: Mats Wilander beats Henri Leconte (75 62 61)
  • 06 Jun 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis and Statler Brothers
  • 08 Jun Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • 09 Jun Bloodsport (1987), premieres in Germany
  • 10 Jun Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London, England).
  • 11 Jun Everything Your Heart Desires by Daryl Hall and John Oates peaks at #3
  • 12 Jun 6th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Billy Casper
  • 13 Jun 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRS, Mark Davis (Padres) / Mike Krukow
  • 14 Jun Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000 alleges he hit her
  • 15 Jun NASA launches space vehicle S-213.
  • 16 Jun Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
  • 17 Jun Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
  • 18 Jun Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run
  • 19 Jun 88th US Golf Open: Curtis Strange shoots a 278 at Country Club, Massachusetts
  • 20 Jun Curtis Strange wins US Open golf tournament
  • 21 Jun 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 22 Jun Disney releases the Touchstone Pictures animated and live-action feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to theaters. It cost US$50.6 million to make, and another US$30 million for marketing. This film marks the first-ever on-screen meeting of Donald Duck and Daffy Duck. The film is based on the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf.
  • 23 Jun Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft.
  • 24 Jun Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak
  • 25 Jun Chess closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 26 Jun Air France Flight 296 crashes into the tops of trees beyond the runway on a demonstration flight at Habsheim, France three passengers are killed.
  • 27 Jun Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • 28 Jun Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton
  • 29 Jun Emmy 15th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 9th time
  • 30 Jun Sledge Hammer! last aires on ABC-TV
  • 02 Jul 95th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (57 62 61)
  • 03 Jul 16th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sally Little
  • 04 Jul 102nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Becker (46 76 64 62)
  • 05 Jul Malcolm Marshall takes 7-22 at Old Trafford, England all out 93
  • 06 Jul North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha explodes, 166 die
  • 07 Jul Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful).
  • 08 Jul Miami Arena opens
  • 09 Jul Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble
  • 10 Jul Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 11 Jul Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor
  • 12 Jul 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • 13 Jul 9th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 14 Jul WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive
  • 16 Jul Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec
  • 17 Jul 117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham
  • 18 Jul Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on City of Poros cruise ship
  • 20 Jul Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
  • 21 Jul Mass Gov Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for President
  • 22 Jul 500 US scientists pledge to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research.
  • 23 Jul General Ne Win, effective ruler of Burma since 1962, resigns after pro-democracy protests.
  • 24 Jul US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in second round of 1990 world soccer cup.
  • 25 Jul Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • 26 Jul Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies and New York Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • 27 Jul General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • 28 Jul IBM announces price hike on older models
  • 29 Jul Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • 30 Jul Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
  • 31 Jul Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • 01 Aug Deep Rover one-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon.
  • 02 Aug Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • 03 Aug Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to New York City
  • 04 Aug US Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II.
  • 05 Aug Mario Biaggi (Representative-Democrat-New York), convicted of racketeering, resigns seat.
  • 06 Aug Oakland Athletics Jose Canseco becomes 11th to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases
  • 07 Aug Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
  • 08 Aug 9th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player
  • 09 Aug Just one day after 8/8/88 New York lottery's daily number is 888.
  • 10 Aug Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 seconds)
  • 11 Aug 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
  • 12 Aug Movie Last Temptation of Christ is released
  • 13 Aug Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit Opens
  • 14 Aug 70th PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman shoots a 272 at Oak Tree Golf Club - Edmond
  • 15 Aug At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts
  • 16 Aug IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
  • 17 Aug LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • 18 Aug Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island, New York sells for $22 million.
  • 19 Aug Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11pm EDT)
  • 20 Aug 6.5 earthquake strikes India / Nepal, 1,000s killed
  • 21 Aug Cease fire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 22 Aug NBC premieres Later with Bob Costas (1st guest Linda Ellerbee)
  • 23 Aug Mike Tyson and Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem
  • 25 Aug Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • 27 Aug Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager tops Philadelphia, 4-2
  • 28 Aug 40th Emmy Awards: 30something, Wonder Years and Richard Kiley
  • 29 Aug USSR launches 3 Cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
  • 30 Aug Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen
  • 31 Aug 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • 01 Sep Nintendo releases the Super Mario Bros. 2 video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
  • 04 Sep Mike Tyson crashes a silver BMW into a tree near Catskills, New York
  • 05 Sep Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 06 Sep Thomas Gregory (11) swims English Canal
  • 07 Sep 5th MTV Awards
  • 08 Sep Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
  • 09 Sep Braves Bruce Sutter joins Fingers and Gossage to save 300 games
  • 10 Sep 102nd US Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini (63 36 61)
  • 11 Sep 1 / 3 of population argues for Estonia autonomy
  • 12 Sep 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card
  • 13 Sep 9 hard / software manufacturers announce EISA computer bus in New York
  • 15 Sep Les Miserables, opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
  • 16 Sep Cin Reds Tom Browning pitches a perfect game, beats Dodgers, 1-0
  • 17 Sep 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
  • 18 Sep Juli Inkster wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 19 Sep US Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board
  • 20 Sep Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run
  • 21 Sep Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville New Jersey home
  • 22 Sep Canada begins production of a $5 silver Maple Leaf bullion coin
  • 23 Sep Rosa Mota wins 2nd female olympic marathon (2:25:39)
  • 24 Sep Barbara C Harris of Mass, elected 1st woman Episcopal Bishop
  • 25 Sep Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter and Matt Biondi, swim world record 4x100 m freestyle (3:16.53)
  • 26 Sep US space shuttle STS-26 launched
  • 27 Sep Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story
  • 28 Sep LA Dodger Orel Hershiser sets record for consecutive scoreless inns
  • 29 Sep 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched
  • 30 Sep Andrei A Gromyko retires
  • 01 Oct Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens
  • 02 Oct 24th Olympic games close at Seoul, Korea
  • 03 Oct Criterion Center Theater opens at Broadway bet 44th and 45th Sts, New York City
  • 04 Oct Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid.
  • 05 Oct Brazil adopts its Constitution
  • 06 Oct Oakland Athletics sweep Boston Red Sox in four games for American League pennant.
  • 07 Oct Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as New York Yankee manager
  • 08 Oct Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • 09 Oct 17% vote extremely-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • 10 Oct 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
  • 12 Oct George Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in 2nd debate
  • 13 Oct Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
  • 14 Oct Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce and annulment
  • 15 Oct NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma).
  • 16 Oct Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 17 Oct Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • 19 Oct Roxette releases Roxette Look Sharp! album
  • 20 Oct 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 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 22 Oct Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time
  • 23 Oct Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid.
  • 24 Oct Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released
  • 26 Oct Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service
  • 27 Oct ET released to home video (14 million presold)
  • 28 Oct Jurors award $147,000 to Tacoma parishioner seduced by her minister
  • 29 Oct Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • 30 Oct Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship
  • 31 Oct Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia.
  • 01 Nov Actor Jeff Goldblum and actress Gena Davis wed in Las Vegas
  • 02 Nov 1st Mrs America beauty pageant
  • 03 Nov Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill
  • 04 Nov 1st NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • 05 Nov 1st NBA game at Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons beat Hornets 94-85
  • 06 Nov 19th NYC Marathon won by Steve Jones in 2:08:20
  • 07 Nov MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)
  • 08 Nov 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • 09 Nov Prince of Central Park opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 10 Nov China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938
  • 11 Nov Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
  • 12 Nov Japan beats Major League Baseball All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7).
  • 13 Nov 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 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award
  • 16 Nov Benazir Bhutto wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years
  • 17 Nov Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
  • 18 Nov Canadian federal election, 1988: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada win a second majority government.
  • 19 Nov 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 Les Miserables, opens a Bus and Truck tour in Tampa
  • 21 Nov Ted Turner officially buys Jim Crockett Promotions, known as NWA Crockett, and turns it into World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
  • 22 Nov In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
  • 23 Nov Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal.
  • 24 Nov The popular American cult television comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes its debut on KTMA.
  • 25 Nov Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges
  • 26 Nov Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev, and Jean-Loup Chretien launch.
  • 27 Nov 76th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats BC Lions, 22-21
  • 30 Nov New York City furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase
  • 01 Dec New York Islanders greatest shutout loss (8-0) versus Saint Louis Blues.
  • 02 Dec STS-27 Atlantis launched (Secret military mission)
  • 03 Dec New York Lotto pays US$45 million to twelve winners (numbers are 1-8-13-18-28-48).
  • 04 Dec Actor Gary Busey critically injured in motorcycle crash
  • 05 Dec North Carolina federal grand jury indicts PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud and conspiracy.
  • 06 Dec Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
  • 07 Dec 6.9 earthquake in Armenia, Spitak destroyed, 60,000 killed
  • 08 Dec Famous vocalist Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack
  • 09 Dec The last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant roll off the assembly line in a Chrysler factory.
  • 10 Dec Washington Capitals' first NHL scoreless tie, versus Montreal Canadiens.
  • 12 Dec 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • 13 Dec Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • 14 Dec US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Organization (first time in 13 years).
  • 15 Dec Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
  • 16 Dec Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud.
  • 17 Dec USS Tennessee, first submarine to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned.
  • 18 Dec Seattle Seahawks win their first ever division title with 9-7 record.
  • 19 Dec NASA unveils plans for lunar colony and manned missions to Mars.
  • 20 Dec NBC signs lease to stay in New York City for 33 more years.
  • 21 Dec New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
  • 22 Dec Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gallons on 300 miles of Western Australia and British Columbia coast.
  • 26 Dec Legs Diamond opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • 27 Dec Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than three decades.
  • 28 Dec John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • 29 Dec Soviet Red Army hockey team edges New York Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
  • 30 Dec Oliver North subpoenas Ronald Reagan and George Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial.