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1988 Historical Event(s)
- February 5, 1988 – Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
- February 17, 1988 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- March 6, 1988 – Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers are killed by Special Air Service on the territory of Gibraltar in the conclusion of Operation Flavius.
- July 6, 1988 – The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers are killed, making it the world’s worst offshore oil disaster.
- September 18, 1988 – End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students) are killed by the Tatmadaw.
- November 19, 1988 – Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic publicly declares that Serbia is under attack from Albanian separatists in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and a foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia.
- November 22, 1988 – In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
- December 8, 1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.
- December 13, 1988 – Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat gives a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in the Swiss city of Geneva after the United States authorities refused to give him a visa to enter New York.
- 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 14, 1988 – Katie Boland, Canadian actress
- March 31, 1988 – Louis van der Westhuizen, Namibian cricketer
- May 19, 1988 – Lily Cole, English model and actress
- July 7, 1988 – Jack Whitehall, British comedian
- September 2, 1988 – Ishant Sharma, Indian cricketer
- September 16, 1988 – Teddy Geiger, American singer
- September 25, 1988 – Joe Prospero, British actor
- November 9, 1988 – Nikki Blonsky, American actress
- November 28, 1988 – Scarlett Pomers, American actress
- December 14, 1988 – Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball player