1988 (1988) is a leap year starting on Friday according to the Western calendar (Gregorian calendar). 1988.
This section describes 1988 from an international perspective.
Zodiac: Yang Earth Dragon
Japan (dates match)
Imperial Year 2648
Republic of Korea (dates match)
Republic of Korea 70 years
Republic of China (dates match)
Republic of China 77 years
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (dates match)
Subject 77 years
Buddhist calendar: 2530-2531
Islamic calendar: May 11, 1408-May 22, 1409
Jewish calendar: April 11, 5748-April 23, 5749
UNIX time: 567993600 --599615999
Modified Julian Day (MJD): 47161 --47526
Lilian Date (LD): 148002 --148367
January 1-Perestroika begins under the leadership of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union.
January 5-Roppongi Disco Lighting Fall Accident. It was a catastrophe with 3 dead and 14 injured.
January 13-The death of President Chiang Ching-kuo in Taiwan. Lee Teng-hui succeeded.
January 26-Australia celebrates its 200th anniversary of settlement.
January 26-Full-scale production of the 747-400, which was being developed by Boeing, began. About 570 aircraft of the same type have been produced so far.
February 6-Italian lira decides 1/1000 denomination.
February 10-Dragon Quest III And to the Legend ... is on sale.
February 13-Calgary Olympics. The 15th Winter Olympics kicks off in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (until February 28).
February 24-Magazine "Hustler" wins a come-from-behind victory at the US Supreme Court on defamation issues.
February 25-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo takes office.
February 29-Armenian genocide by Azerbaijani people in Sumqayit, Azerbaijan.
March 2-The United States Senate passes a bill to abolish the Glass-Steagall Act.
March 13-Seikan Tunnel opens (Kaikyo Line Naka-Oguni-Kikonai). It has been 24 years since the groundbreaking ceremony on January 6, 1954, and the cost of 700 billion yen has been invested (at the time of opening).
March 14-Red Gourd Reef Sea Battle. People's Republic of China and Vietnam clash.
March 16-In Iraq at the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq under the Saddam Hussein administration killed many inhabitants using chemical weapons in Halabja, where many Kurds live.
March 17-Avianca flight 410 Boeing 727 crashes near the Venezuelan border near Cucuta, Colombia, killing all 143 crew and passengers.
March 18-Tokyo Dome opens
March 24-A total of 28 students and teachers from Kochi Gakugei High School on a school trip died in a Shanghai train accident in China.
March 25-In Bratislava (now the capital of Slovakia) in Czechoslovakia, the country's first large-scale democratization movement protest against the Communist Party administration occurs.
April 14-Soviet Union agrees to withdraw from Afghanistan (Geneva agreement). Completed withdrawal by February 15 of the following year.
April 26-The ruling Democratic Justice Party is sluggish and the opposition is the majority in the 13th general election in South Korea.
April 30-Brisbane International Leisure Expo held in Brisbane, Australia. Until October 30th.
May 15-Mitterrand re-election in the 1988 French presidential election.
May 15-Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan begin.
May 23-US President Ronald Reagan visits the Soviet Union, summit meeting.
June 19-The 14th G7 Summit (Toronto Summit) opens.
July 1-Visa Waiver Program for foreigners staying in the United States for sightseeing, commercial or transit purposes within 90 days of the United States