1988 in History – What happened in year 1988

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1988 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
29 januaryOn the Test cricket debut 107 runs were scored by Mark great batch when he was playing against England.
20 februaryThe Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
27 februaryThe Armenian community of Sumgait in Azerbaijan was the targetof a violent pogrom.
29 februaryOn the test cricket debut, 107 runs were scored by Mark Greatbatch when he was playing against England
06 marchIn 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.
13 marchThe Seikan Tunnel, the longest and deepest tunnel in the world,opened between the cities of Hakodate and Aomori, Japan.
14 marchChina defeated Vietnam in a naval battle as the formerattempted to establish oceanographic observation posts on the SpratlyIslands.
15 marchNASA reports accelerated break dawn of arome layer by CFK. It is a very serious matter. Nowadays instead of decreasing the problems is going on increasing.
16 marchUsing 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.
16 marchIran–Iraq War: Iraqi forces began attacking the Kurdish town of Halabja with chemical weapons, killing up to 5, 000 people.
17 marchEritrean War of Independence-The Eritrean People's LiberationFront encircled an Ethiopian force and gained a decisive victory in theBattle of Afabet.
04 aprilGovernor of Arizona Evan Mecham was removed from office afterbeing convicted in his impeachment trial.
14 april“Mails” opens at Music Box Theater New York City. It was for 36 performances.
14 aprilU.S.S.R., U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty.
15 mayThe last troop withdrawal of Soviet Army started on May 15, 1988 from Afghanistan following the end of Soviet Afghan War. This conflict is also known as ‘Bear Trap’ and it played a very significant role for emerging of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a new era of terrorism.
03 julyUnited States Navy warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
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 augustA series of marches, demonstrations, protests, and riots, whichbecame known as the 8888 Uprising, began against the one-party state ofthe Burma Socialist Programme Party.
09 augustWayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles 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 worse fire in the Yellowstone National Park destroys over 150,000 acres of the park. It caused a summer where over 1/3 of the park was ruined while the fire gained between 5 to 10 miles a day.
20 augustFires in the United States' Yellowstone National Park destroyedmore than 150,000 acres (610 km2), the single-worst day of theconflagration.
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 , thepolitical party National League for Democracy was founded in Burma.
12 octoberSri Lankan Civil War-Indian troops mounted a failed assault onJaffna University, which served as the Tamil Tigers' militaryheadquarters.
19 octoberA bill approved by the senate restricts the amount of ads that can be shown during children's TV programs.
04 novemberThousands of computers have been the targets of a computer virus. Due to the virus a number of computers were shut down as it slowed down their functioning and they were forced to reboot.
15 novemberThe Soviet Buran spacecraft, a reusable vehicle built inresponse to NASA's Space Shuttle program, was launched, unmanned, on herfirst and only space flight.
15 novemberPLO leader Yasser Arafat proclaimed the creation of the Stateof Palestine as 'the state of Palestinians wherever they may be'.
22 novemberAngela Merkel assumed office as the first female Chancellor ofGermany.


Famous birthdays in the year 1988:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 OctoberCariba Heine / Actress / South Africa
08 January Vitaliy Hoshkoderya / Footballer / Ukraine
11 AugustPatty Mills / Basketball Player / Australia
11 JuneGabriel Valenciano / Actor / Philippines
11 JuneClaire Holt / Actress / Australia
12 AugustTyson Fury / Boxer / United Kingdom
12 AprilJessie James Decker / Writer / United States of America
14 March Stephen Curry / Basketball Player / United States of America
14 OctoberGlenn Maxwell / Cricketer / Australia
15 AprilSteven Defour / Footballer / Belgium
19 JulyShane Dawson / Actor / United States of America
21 JulyChris Mitchell / Footballer / Scotland
21 March Erik Johnson / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
26 JuneMasakazu Tashiro / Footballer / Japan
27 March Mauro Goicoechea / Footballer / Uruguay
28 SeptemberMarin Čilić / Tennis Player / Croatia
29 March Jesús Molina / Footballer / Mexico
30 MayAntonio Winterstein / Rugby Player / New Zealand
31 March DeAndre Liggins / Basketball Player / United States of America
31 January Taijo Teniste / Footballer / Estonia

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1988:

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