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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.
- April 30, 1988 – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens World Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.
- 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.
- 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.
- July 6, 1988 – The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers are killed, making it the world’s worst offshore oil disaster.
- August 20, 1988 – Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
- 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 13, 1988 – Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian law student in Portland, Oregon is beaten to death by members of the Neo-Nazi group East Side White Pride.
- December 14, 1988 – The ET3 television network is launched in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- January 14, 1988 – Jack P. Shepherd, English actor
- January 21, 1988 – William C. Woxlin, Swedish composer
- March 2, 1988 – Keith Jack, Scottish singer and actor
- March 7, 1988 – Larry Asante, American football player
- April 22, 1988 – Amadou Samb, Senegalese footballer
- May 12, 1988 – Marky Cielo, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 2008)
- June 15, 1988 – Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
- July 13, 1988 – Steven R. McQueen, American actor
- July 20, 1988 – Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer
- August 9, 1988 – Vasilios Koutsianikoulis, Greek footballer