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1988 Historical Event(s)
- February 17, 1988 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- March 16, 1988 – Halabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.
- April 14, 1988 – The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.
- May 29, 1988 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
- 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.
- August 20, 1988 – “Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
- September 11, 1988 – The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- November 15, 1988 – Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council.
- December 7, 1988 – Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
- 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?
- January 2, 1988 – Damien Tussac, French-born German rugby player
- February 3, 1988 – Kyuhyun, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
- February 7, 1988 – Albin Hodza, French footballer
- June 29, 1988 – Becky Jane Taylor, English singer
- August 5, 1988 – Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
- September 22, 1988 – Bethany Dillon, American musician
- September 23, 1988 – Yannick Weber, Swiss ice hockey player
- November 15, 1988 – B.o.B, American recording artist and producer
- December 20, 1988 – Andrés Bottiglieri Italian–Argentine footballer