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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.
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.
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.
Sports in 1988
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