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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 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.
- April 14, 1988 – The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.
- April 18, 1988 – The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
- 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 3, 1988 – The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.
- September 12, 1988 – Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
- November 15, 1988 – The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands.
- November 22, 1988 – In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
- December 2, 1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- January 22, 1988 – Asher Allen, American football player
- February 8, 1988 – Ryan Pinkston, American actor
- March 2, 1988 – Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
- April 9, 1988 – Uee, South Korean actress and singer (After School)
- April 23, 1988 – Prince Buaben, Ghanaian football player
- June 10, 1988 – Patrik Lindberg, Swedish Counter-Strike player
- August 7, 1988 – Beanie Wells, American football player
- October 7, 1988 – Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)
- November 7, 1988 – Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukrainian tennis player
- November 20, 1988 – Rhys Wakefield, Australian actor