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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 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.
- April 28, 1988 – Near Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle “C.B.” Lansing is blown out of Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737, and falls to her death when part of the plane’s fuselage rips open in mid-flight.
- August 28, 1988 – Ramstein airshow disaster: three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collide and the wreckage falls into the crowd. 75 are killed and 346 seriously injured.
- September 7, 1988 – Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returns aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station.
- September 11, 1988 – The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- October 5, 1988 – The Brazilian Constitution is ratified by Constituent Assembly.
- November 16, 1988 – In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
- December 6, 1988 – The Australian Capital Territory is granted self-government.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- March 9, 1988 – Alodia Gosiengfiao, Filipina cosplay artist and model
- April 9, 1988 – Michel Alves Baroni, Brazilian footballer
- April 21, 1988 – Robbie Amell, Canadian actor
- June 5, 1988 – Alessandro Salvi, Italian footballer
- June 13, 1988 – Gabe Carimi, American football player
- June 21, 1988 – Allyssa DeHaan, American collegiate basketball and volleyball player
- June 29, 1988 – Elnur Mammadli, Azerbaijani judoka
- September 5, 1988 – Nuri Şahin, Turkish footballer
- September 10, 1988 – Jared Lee Loughner, American spree killer
- October 17, 1988 – Christina Crawford, American dancer and professional wrestler