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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 25, 1988 – The Candle demonstration in Bratislava is the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
- May 15, 1988 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- 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.
- August 6, 1988 – The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs a reform of the NYPD, held responsible for the event.
- August 20, 1988 – Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
- September 11, 1988 – The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- November 19, 1988 – Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic publicly declares that Serbia is under attack from Albanian separatists in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and a foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia.
- December 12, 1988 – The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains – one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom.
- December 20, 1988 – The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed in Vienna.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- February 8, 1988 – Ryan Pinkston, American actor
- March 15, 1988 – James Reimer, Canadian hockey player
- June 21, 1988 – Allyssa DeHaan, American collegiate basketball and volleyball player
- July 7, 1988 – Jack Whitehall, British comedian
- July 12, 1988 – Melissa O'Neil, Canadian singer
- July 13, 1988 – Marcos Paulo, Brazilian footballer
- September 19, 1988 – Faye Reagan, American pornographic actress
- October 14, 1988 – Will Atkinson, English footballer
- October 31, 1988 – Cole Aldrich, American basketball player
- November 15, 1988 – Zena Grey, American actress