1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year beginning on Friday.
September 29: Molins de Rei (Baix Llobregat) is proclaimed the fourth Giant City of Catalonia.
Publication of the novel Carrer de l'Argenteria, 36 by Antoni Serra i Bauçà.
Barcelona (Barcelonès): the Esbart Dansaire Renaixença is founded. Rest of the world
July 3: Iran Air Flight 655 south of the island of Qeshm, in the Strait of Hormuz, is shot down by a US missile cruiser causing the sinking of the 290 occupants of the ship.
December 14: General strike of 1988 in Spain.
December 21, Lockerbie, Scotland: Pan Am Flight 103 explodes in mid-flight by a bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 270 people die among passengers and city dwellers due to the fragments of the crashed aircraft. There is believed to be an implication of Gaddafi’s Libyan regime.
December 30, Rome: Pope John Paul II signs the apostolic exhortation Christifideles laici.
The Women in Black movement was born in Israel
Pugad Baboy's first comic strip was released on May 18th.
On May 17, Frank Zappa performed in Barcelona, in a concert broadcast by TVE.Naiximents
February 20, Barcelona: Ona Meseguer, Catalan water polo player, silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.
April 1, Torrebesses: Aida Flix Filella, Catalan actress.
April 29, Perpignan, Northern Catalonia: Maxime Delonca, rugby player.
July 16, Sabadell, Vallès Occidental: Sergio Busquets i Burgos, footballer.
July 31, Barcelona: Mireia Miró, skier and Catalan mountain runner.
December 23, Barcelona: Georgina Latre, Catalan actress of theater, cinema and television; co-star of the series Ventdelplà.Rest of the world14 February, Rosario, Argentina: Angel Di María, Argentine footballer.
March 6, Vänersborg (Sweden) ː Agnes Carlsson, singer.
March 8, Tirana, Albania: Jahmir Hyka, Albanian footballer.
Le Mans, Sarthe: Steve Pinau, French footballer.
Caracas, Venezuela: Canserbero, rapper, singer, composer and Venezuelan social activist.
April 27 - Austin, USA: Austin Amelio, American actor.
May 4, Fanwood: Derrick Character, basketball player.
May 5, Tottenham, England: Adele, English soul singer and songwriter.
September 13, Merida, Spain: Laura Campos Prieto, Spanish gymnast.
June 11, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Ritchie Kitoko, footballer.
August 7, Denver, Colorado, USA: Anikka Albrite, porn actress and director.
August 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Irfan Bachdim, international footballer with Indonesia.
31 of August, Teide: Iván Alexander Benítez, soccer player.
September 3, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain: Carla Suárez Navarro, Spanish professional tennis player.
September 11, Ilsan, South Korea: Jain Kim, Korean climber.
November 6 - Scottsdale, Arizona: American actress Emma Stone, Oscar for Best Actress in 2017 for her role in the musical La La Land.
November 7, Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR: Aleksandr Dolgopolov, Ukrainian tennis player.
November 16, Urmia, Iran: Helly Luv, Kurdish singer, dancer, choreographer, actress and model.
December 3, Dourados, Brazil: Keirrison de Souza Carneiro, Brazilian footballer.
December 25, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia: Michael Blum, footballer.
Barcelona, Marta Nael, digital artist.
Països Catalans18 March -? ː Glòria Velat, Catalan chess player, dominator of women's chess in the 1930s and 1940s (b. 1915).
March 26 - Barcelona: Rafael Ferrer i Fitó, musician (b. 1911).
April 16 - Deià, Mallorca: Norman Yanikun, American painter.
April 22 - Deià, Mallorca: Ulrich Leman, German painter.
May 1 - Barcelonaː Josefina Tàpias, Catalan theater and ci actress