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1988 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1988 – The last episode of the British TV series Yes, Prime Minister, entitled The Tangled Web, was broadcast.
- February 17, 1988 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 20, 1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- 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.
- March 16, 1988 – Halabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.
- March 17, 1988 – A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
- 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 – Section 28 of the United Kingdom’s Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted.
- November 16, 1988 – The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
- November 18, 1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- January 4, 1988 – Nabila Jamshed, Indian writer
- January 24, 1988 – Jade Ewen, English singer
- February 7, 1988 – Lee Joon, Korean singer (MBLAQ)
- February 25, 1988 – Jimmy Monaghan, Irish musician
- May 7, 1988 – Natalie Mejia, American dancer and singer (Girlicious)
- June 27, 1988 – Stefani Bismpikou, Greek gymnast
- July 7, 1988 – Jack Whitehall, British comedian
- August 17, 1988 – Brady Corbet, American actor
- October 14, 1988 – Mario Titone, Italian footballer
- November 7, 1988 – Thomas Schneider, German athlete