The year 1988 is a year according to the Christian era.
(Also in 1989) The third constitutional amendment takes place in Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region will have a Council and a Government. The communities are given more powers, including education. The regions will receive, among other things, transport and public works.januari1 - In the Netherlands, the new Media Act comes into effect. This law stipulates, among other things, that the regional broadcasters that are previously part of the NOS will continue independently. Furthermore, as of January 1, the Facilities Company of the NOS has been privatized as a Dutch Broadcasting Production Company. Finally, the Media Authority also begins its work.
1 - Thirty years after the nuclear disaster at Windscale (now Sellafield) in 1957, the secret documents are made public and it becomes clear that their seriousness was deliberately concealed.
2 - The Dutch television program De Eerste de Beste with Walter Tiemessen and Tom Blom broadcasts the first live domino broadcast. A Dutch domino record is set for the second time, this time with 1,382,101 fallen dominoes.
22 - Six people are killed in the Paris-Dakar rally, including the Dutchman Kees van Loevezijn of the DAF truck team.
24 - Steffi Graf wins her first Australian Open. In the final in Melbourne, the West German tennis player beats her American colleague Chris Evert-Lloyd: 6-1 and 7-6.
29 - Telephone traffic is disrupted throughout the Netherlands, probably because a few million people simultaneously try to call the TV studio where the jury of the Soundmixshow is located.February10 - In Bophuthatswana, South African troops put down a military coup. South Africa, which has imposed independence not recognized by any country since 1977 on the area, reinstates Lucas Mangope as president.
28 - At the Winter Olympics in Calgary (Canada) skater Yvonne van Gennip wins gold in the 5000 meters. This brings her total to three gold medals during these games. April4 - The television channel Nederland 3 starts with regular broadcasts. The commercial radio station Radio 10 starts its broadcasts and can be heard in the Netherlands via a U-turn construction.
6 - The police arrest Ferdi Elsas, the murderer of Ahold CEO Gerrit Jan Heijn and, on his instructions, find Heijn's remains in the woods near Renkum
12 - The US patent office grants a patent on a mouse that has been manipulated with genetic technology.
14 - End of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
16 - Israeli commando Sayeret Matkal assassinates 53-year-old PLO leader and vice president Khalil Al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, in Tunis.
23 - Jelle Nijdam wins the 23rd edition of the only Dutch cycling classic, the Amstel Gold Race.
28 - Aloha Airlines Flight 243 is badly damaged in mid-air as part of its roof flies off due to explosive decompression. A flight attendant is sucked out of the plane by the sudden pressure difference and dies. Despite the enormous damage, the pilot managed to land the aircraft.
29 - The Boeing 747-400 makes its first test flight.May1 - The maximum speed on the Dutch motorway is increased from 100 km/h to 120 km/h.
9 - In Belgium, after a record formation period of 188 days, the government of Martens VIII is established. It is based on the Christian Democrats of Wilfried Martens and the socialists of Guy Spitaels.
11 - Piet den Boer scores the only goal for KV Mechelen in Strasbourg during the final against Dutch Ajax for the European Cup Winners' Cup
13 - The American trumpeter Chet Baker falls from the window of his hotel on the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam, presumably under the influence of drugs. He dies instantly.
25 - PSV win the European Cup for National Champions in Stuttgart by beating Portuguese Benfica on penalties.