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What happen in 1988


  • Kurt Waldheim, Austrian President, is cleared of war crimes
  • Widespread strikes by solidarity supporters take place in Poland
  • McDonalds opens in Moscow
  • Soviet troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan after nine years occupation
  • George Bush defeats Michael Dukakis for the US Presidency
  • Iran and Iraq accept a UN peace plan
  • Canada and the US sign a comprehensive free trade agreement


  • Faith by George Michael
  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  • Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns'N'Roses
  • Heaven in a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
  • Simply Irresistable by Robert Palmer
  • Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
  • The Locomotion by Kylie Minogue


TV and at the MOVIES
  • Fred Savage showed us all The Wonder Years
  • Tom Hanks wished he was 'Big'
  • Kevin kline and John Cleese were chasing 'A Fish Called Wanda'
  • Robing Williams cried Good Morning Vietnam
  • Cher and Nicholas Cage were Moonstruck
  • Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger were Twins
  • The Hogan Family joined the tv neighbourhood
  • Bruce Willis started to Die Hard
  • The Highwayman revived the spooky Twighlight Zone genre


People who died in 1988
  • Heather O'Rourke (b.1975) American film actress
  • John Houseman (b.1902) American actor and filmaker
  • John Carradine (b.1906) American actor
  • Roy Orbison (b.1936 ) American musician
  • Enzo Ferrari (b.1898) Italian Car maker
  • Trevor Howard (b.1916) English film actor
  • Kenneth Williams (b.1926) English 'Carry On' film actor
  • Chritina Onassis (b.) Greek Oil Heiress


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