1988

From left, clockwise: the oil platform Piper Alpha explodes and collapses in the North Sea, killing 165 workers; the USS Vincennes (CG-49) mistakenly shoots down Iran Air Flight 655; Australia celebrates its Bicentennial on January 26; the 1988 Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea; Soviet troops begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is completed the next year; an earthquake in Armenia kills between 25,000-50,000 people; the 8888 Uprising in Myanmar, led by students, protests the Burma Socialist Programme Party; a bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 103, causing the plane to crash down on the town of Lockerbie, Scotland – the event kills 270 people.
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1988 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1988
MCMLXXXVIII
Ab urbe condita2741
Armenian calendar1437
ԹՎ ՌՆԼԷ
Assyrian calendar6738
Baháʼí calendar144–145
Balinese saka calendar1909–1910
Bengali calendar1395
Berber calendar2938
British Regnal year36 Eliz. 2 – 37 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2532
Burmese calendar1350
Byzantine calendar7496–7497
Chinese calendar丁卯年 (Fire Rabbit)
4685 or 4478
    — to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
4686 or 4479
Coptic calendar1704–1705
Discordian calendar3154
Ethiopian calendar1980–1981
Hebrew calendar5748–5749
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2044–2045
 - Shaka Samvat1909–1910
 - Kali Yuga5088–5089
Holocene calendar11988
Igbo calendar988–989
Iranian calendar1366–1367
Islamic calendar1408–1409
Japanese calendarShōwa 63
(昭和63年)
Javanese calendar1920–1921
Juche calendar77
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4321
Minguo calendarROC 77
民國77年
Nanakshahi calendar520
Thai solar calendar2531
Tibetan calendar阴火兔年
(female Fire-Rabbit)
2114 or 1733 or 961
    — to —
阳土龙年
(male Earth-Dragon)
2115 or 1734 or 962
Unix time567993600 – 599615999

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1988th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 988th year of the 2nd millennium, the 88th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1980s decade.

1988 was a crucial year in the early history of the Internet—it was the year of the first well-known computer virus, the 1988 Internet worm. The first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the United States (NSFNET) and Europe (Nordunet) as well as the first Internet-based chat protocol, Internet Relay Chat. The concept of the World Wide Web was first discussed at CERN in 1988.

The Soviet Union began its major deconstructing towards a mixed economy at the beginning of 1988 and began its gradual dissolution. The Iron Curtain began to disintegrate in 1988 as Hungary began allowing freer travel to the Western world. The first extrasolar planet, Gamma Cephei Ab (confirmed in 2002) was detected this year and the World Health Organization began its mission to eradicate polio. Global warming also began to emerge as a more significant concern, with climate scientist James Hansen testifying before the U.S. Senate on the issue.

Events

January

February

March

April

The Iranian frigate, IS Alvand, attacked by US Navy forces during Operation Praying Mantis

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Date unknown

Births

January

Haley Bennett
Robert Sheehan
Skrillex
Angelique Kerber

February

Mike Posner
Ángel Di María
Maiara Walsh
Rihanna

March

Agnes
Gal Mekel
Stephen Curry
Big Sean
Jessie J
Brenda Song

April

Jesse Plemons
Stephanie Cayo
Haley Joel Osment
Ricky Berens
Ana de Armas

May

Anushka Sharma
Adele
Blac Chyna

June

Sergio Agüero
Michael Cera
Mae Whitman
Claire Holt
Kevin McHale
Stephanie Rice
Dean Furman

July

Steven R. McQueen
Conor McGregor
Julianne Hough

August

Leah Pipes
Kacey Musgraves

September

Jérôme Boateng
Chelsea Kane
Khabib Nurmagomedov
James Blake
Kevin Durant

October

Cariba Heine
Alicia Vikander
ASAP Rocky
Melissa Benoist
Mesut Özil
Candice Swanepoel
Janel Parrish

November

Emma Stone
Virat Kohli
Russell Westbrook
Patrick Kane

December

Nadia Hilker
Zoë Kravitz
David Rudisha
Ashley Hinshaw
Vanessa Hudgens

Date unknown

Deaths

Nobel Prizes


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