1988 in History – What happened in year 1988


In history, year 1988 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1988.

Know what happened in 1988:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 July United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran AirFlight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
06 DecemberThe Australian Capital Territory was granted self-government.
06 March In Operation Flavius, the British Special Air Service killed three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers while they were conspiring to bomb a parade of British military bands in Gibraltar.
07 DecemberA 6.9 Mw earthquake struck the Spitak region of Armenia,killing at least 25,000 people.
08 AugustThe 8888 Uprising, a series of marches, demonstrations,protests, and riots against the one-party state of the Burma SocialistProgramme Party in Burma, began.
09 AugustWayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the LosAngeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions inice hockey history.
15 November The Soviet Buran spacecraft, a reusable vehicle built inresponse to NASA's Space Shuttle program, was launched, unmanned, on herfirst and only space flight.
15 November PLO leader Yasser Arafat proclaimed the creation of the Stateof Palestine as 'the state of Palestinians wherever they may be'.
17 March Eritrean War of Independence-The Eritrean People's Liberation Front encircled a Soviet–Ethiopian force and gained a decisive victory in the Battle of Afabet.
20 AugustFires in the United States' Yellowstone National Park destroyedmore than 150,000 acres (610 km2), the single-worst day of theconflagration.
20 FebruaryThe Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
02 DecemberBenazir Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan, the firstwoman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
06 DecemberThe Australian Capital Territory (flag pictured) was grantedself-government.
07 DecemberA 6.9 Mw earthquake struck the Spitak region of Armenia,killing at least 25,000 people.
12 DecemberThree trains collided (wreckage pictured) near Clapham Junctionrailway station in London killing 35 people and injuring 500.
20 DecemberThe United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic inNarcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances governing internationalcooperation against the illegal drug trade was signed in Vienna.
21 DecemberA total of 270 people were killed when a bomb on board Pan AmFlight 103 exploded while the plane was in flight over Lockerbie,Scotland.
22 DecemberBrazilian unionist and environmental activist Chico Mendes wasmurdered at his Xapuri home.
22 NovemberAngela Merkel assumed office as the first female Chancellor ofGermany.
12 OctoberSri Lankan Civil War-Indian troops mounted a failed assault onJaffna University, which served as the Tamil Tigers' militaryheadquarters.
13 SeptemberHurricane Gilbert reached a minimum pressure of 888 mb(26.22 inHg) with sustained flight-level winds of 185 mph (295 km/h),making it the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record at the time.
27 SeptemberLed by pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured), thepolitical party National League for Democracy was founded in Burma.
06 AugustNew York City Police officers charged a crowd protesting acurfew for the previously 24-hour Tompkins Square Park, sparking a riotthat led to more than 100 complaints of police brutality.
08 AugustThe 8888 Uprising, a series of marches, demonstrations,protests, and riots against the one-party state of the Burma SocialistProgramme Party in Burma, began.
09 AugustWayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the LosAngeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions inice hockey history.
10 AugustJapanese American internment-The Civil Liberties Act of 1988became law, authorizing US$20,000 in reparations to each survivinginternee.
20 AugustThe Troubles-The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombed abus carrying British Army soldiers in Northern Ireland, killing eight ofthem and wounding another 28.
03 JulyUnited States Navy warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran AirFlight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
04 AprilGovernor of Arizona Evan Mecham was removed from office afterbeing convicted in his impeachment trial.
16 March Using pistols and grenades, loyalist Michael Stone attacked thefuneral of three Provisional IRA volunteers who had been killed inGibraltar ten days earlier, killing three attendees and injuring over 60more.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1988:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustBodene Thompson / Rugby Player / New Zealand
03 January Matt Frattin / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
03 February Cho Kyuhyun / Singer / South Korea
07 MaySander Puri / Footballer / Estonia
07 SeptemberKevin Love / Basketball Player / United States of America
09 SeptemberWill Middlebrooks / Baseball Player / United States of America
09 JuneSokratis Papastathopoulos / Footballer / Greece
10 JulySarah Walker / Rider / New Zealand
12 NovemberAlistair Brammer / Actor / United Kingdom
13 AprilAnderson / Footballer / Brazil
14 AprilEric Gryba / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
18 January Angelique Kerber / Tennis Player / Germany
20 OctoberCandice Swanepoel / Model / South Africa
21 AprilPedro Mosquera / Footballer / Spain
22 DecemberLeigh Halfpenny / Rugby Player / United Kingdom
23 January Shaun Kenny-Dowall / Rugby Player / Australia
25 JulyAnthony Stokes / Footballer / Ireland
26 NovemberBlake Harnage / Writer / United States of America
29 DecemberEric Berry / Footballer / United States of America
30 NovemberPhillip Hughes / Cricketer / Australia

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1988:

YearName / Profession / Country
22 OctoberParineeti Chopra / Actress / India
08 AugustRinku Singh / Baseball Player / India
16 JulyAnsa Syed / Actress / India
30 JulyUshoshi Sengupta / Actress / India
20 FebruaryZia Khan / Actress / India
05 NovemberGaelyn Mendonca / Actress / India
21 AprilAditi Gupta / Actress / India
22 OctoberParineeti Chopra / Actress / India
02 SeptemberIshmeet Singh / Singer / India
23 AugustVaani Kapoor / Actress / India
24 JuneSumona Chakravarti / Actress / India
21 DecemberShilpa Singh / Model / India
20 FebruaryJiah Khan / Actress / India
08 AprilNitya Menon / Actress / India
02 SeptemberIshant Sharma / Cricketer / India
13 SeptemberSimran Kaur Mundi / Actress / India
01 MayAnushka Sharma / Actress / India
05 NovemberVirat Kohli / Cricketer / India
07 AugustAnisa Mohammed / Cricketer / India
03 OctoberErica Car / Actress / India

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