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1988 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1988 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes into existence, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.
- January 28, 1988 – The last episode of the British TV series Yes, Prime Minister, entitled The Tangled Web, was broadcast.
- February 17, 1988 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- April 14, 1988 – In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
- May 24, 1988 – The fourth game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins had to end in a tie because of a power failure. The Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 6-3 victory in game 5.
- July 8, 1988 – The Island Express train travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derails on the Peruman bridge and falls into Ashtamudi Lake, killing 105 passengers and injuring over 200 more.
- September 7, 1988 – Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returns aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station.
- October 12, 1988 – Jaffna University Helidrop: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTE chief and walked into a trap.
- November 22, 1988 – In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
- December 20, 1988 – The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed in Vienna.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- February 16, 1988 – Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
- February 19, 1988 – Miyu Irino, Japanese voice actor
- March 15, 1988 – James Reimer, Canadian hockey player
- March 25, 1988 – Big Sean, American Rapper
- March 31, 1988 – Hogan Ephraim, English footballer
- June 6, 1988 – Israel Dagg, New Zealand rugby player
- July 16, 1988 – Sergio Busquets,Spanish footballer
- November 7, 1988 – Thomas Schneider, German athlete
- November 23, 1988 – Saab Magalona, Filipina actress
- December 25, 1988 – Lukas Hinds-Johnson, German rugby player