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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.
- February 20, 1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- March 5, 1988 – The Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
- March 13, 1988 – The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan.
- 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.
- October 5, 1988 – The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeats Augusto Pinochet in his re-election attempt and a general election is called the following year.
- November 16, 1988 – The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
- December 9, 1988 – The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
Who Were Born On 1988?
- January 1, 1988 – Grzegorz Panfil, Polish tennis player
- January 3, 1988 – Rodrigo de la Cadena, Mexican artist and performer
- January 27, 1988 – Toni Gänge, German footballer
- February 3, 1988 – Gregory van der Wiel, Dutch footballer
- March 21, 1988 – Lee Cattermole, English footballer
- April 9, 1988 – Michel Alves Baroni, Brazilian footballer
- May 24, 1988 – Artem Anisimov, Russian hockey player
- May 28, 1988 – David Perron, Canadian ice hockey player
- September 26, 1988 – Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater
- November 15, 1988 – B.o.B, American recording artist and producer