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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 17, 1988 – Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.
- May 16, 1988 – A report by United States’ Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
- 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.
- August 9, 1988 – Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in hockey history, upsetting many Canadians.
- September 11, 1988 – The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- October 27, 1988 – Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.
- December 7, 1988 – Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist.
- 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 9, 1988 – The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- January 2, 1988 – Damien Tussac, French-born German rugby player
- January 5, 1988 – Pauline, French singer
- January 15, 1988 – Sonny Moore (a.k.a Skrillex, American musician (From First to Last)
- January 27, 1988 – Toni Gänge, German footballer
- February 3, 1988 – Kyuhyun, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
- May 24, 1988 – Monica Lin Brown, American soldier
- August 23, 1988 – Jeremy Lin, American basketball player
- September 12, 1988 – Amanda Jenssen, Swedish singer
- November 15, 1988 – B.o.B, American recording artist and producer
- December 21, 1988 – Alexa Goddard, British R&B singer