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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 20, 1988 – Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
- May 24, 1988 – The fourth game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins had to end in a tie because of a power failure. The Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 6-3 victory in game 5.
- July 8, 1988 – The Island Express train travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derails on the Peruman bridge and falls into Ashtamudi Lake, killing 105 passengers and injuring over 200 more.
- August 17, 1988 – Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
- September 11, 1988 – The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- December 2, 1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
- December 7, 1988 – Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
- 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 13, 1988 – Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat gives a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in the Swiss city of Geneva after the United States authorities refused to give him a visa to enter New York.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- February 8, 1988 – Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
- February 26, 1988 – Matteo Ciofani, Italian footballer
- February 28, 1988 – Maikol Negro, Italian footballer
- March 8, 1988 – Armanti Edwards, American college football player
- March 28, 1988 – Patrick Mayer, German footballer
- May 2, 1988 – Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
- May 24, 1988 – Billy Gilman, American singer
- June 2, 1988 – Patrik Berglund, Swedish ice hockey player
- July 16, 1988 – Sergio Busquets,Spanish footballer
- December 27, 1988 – Rick Porcello, American baseball player