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Major Events of 1988

1988 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXVIII) was the 88th year of the 20th century. 1988 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1988.
News Events of 1988

USA and Canada sign free trade agreement.

Iran-Iraq war ends.

Benazir Bhutto becomes President of Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto

USS Vincennes accidentally shoots down an Iranian airliner.

A Pan Am Boeing jumbo jet crashes into the Scottish town of Lockerbie as a result of a bomb.

Free Nelson Mandela concert held at Wembley Stadium, London.

Nelson Mandela

Comic Relief holds first "Red Nose Day" which raises money in the UK for charity.

Philip Morris buys Kraft Foods for US $13.1 billion.

The Morris worm, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet is launched.

Fires and explosions destroy Piper Alpha, an oil platform in the North Sea. 167 die.

British SAS troops kill 3 IRA members in Gibraltar.

NASA announces the Clementine probe has found large quantities of water in polar craters on the moon.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist.

Yasser Arafat

Sports in 1988
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1988 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXIV Olympiad): Seoul, South Korea

    • 1988 Winter Olympics (XV Olympic Winter Games): Calgary, Canada

    • Ben Johnson comes in first in 100m sprint but is disqualified after failing a drugs test. The gold medal goes to Carl Lewis.

  • American Football:

    1988 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXII):

    • Winning Team: Washington Redskins

    • Losing Team: Denver Broncos

  • Baseball:

    1988 World Series

    • Winning Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

    • Losing Team: Oakland Athletics

  • Soccer:

    1988 European Cup:

    • Winners: PSV Eindhoven

    • Runners-Up: Benfica

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