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
02 January Joseph Paulo / Rugby Player / New Zealand
02 JulyLee Chung-yong / Footballer / South Korea
05 February Karin Ontiveros / Model / Mexico
06 AprilLeigh Adams / Footballer / Australia
06 AprilFabrice Muamba / Footballer / United Kingdom
07 SeptemberKevin Love / Basketball Player / United States of America
07 NovemberAlexandr Dolgopolov / Tennis Player / Ukraine
10 DecemberNeven Subotić / Footballer / Serbia
12 January Claude Giroux / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
13 DecemberJames Tamou / Rugby Player / Australia
13 February Eddy Pettybourne / Rugby Player / New Zealand
14 OctoberGlenn Maxwell / Cricketer / Australia
15 March James Reimer / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
18 JuneElini Dimoutsos / Footballer / Greece
21 NovemberLen Väljas / Skier / Canada
25 JuneMiguel Layún / Footballer / Mexico
26 AprilEric Salamat / Basketball Player / Philippines
27 MayIrina Davydova / Hurdler / Russia
29 MaySteve Mason / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
29 SeptemberKevin Durant / Basketball Player / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1988:

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

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