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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 – Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
- August 17, 1988 – Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
- August 20, 1988 – The Troubles: Eight British Army soldiers are killed and 28 wounded when their bus is hit by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb in Northern Ireland (see Ballygawley bus bombing).
- September 24, 1988 – National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar.
- November 15, 1988 – In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran makes its only space flight.
- November 18, 1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
- 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 22, 1988 – Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- March 5, 1988 – Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
- May 7, 1988 – Natalie Mejia, American dancer and singer (Girlicious)
- July 13, 1988 – Steven R. McQueen, American actor
- August 16, 1988 – Rumer Willis, American actress
- September 11, 1988 – Lee Yong Dae, South Korean badminton player
- September 23, 1988 – Yannick Weber, Swiss ice hockey player
- November 20, 1988 – Rhys Wakefield, Australian actor
- November 25, 1988 – Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (d. 2010)
- December 2, 1988 – Soniya Mehra, Indian actress