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1988

Jan26 Australia's bicentennial anniversary-parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour 
Feb17 Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins, an American officer serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped
in southern Lebanon (he was later slain by his captors).
Feb21 The grave of Boadicea, the warrior queen who fought the Romans almost 2,000 years ago, was located by archaeologists under Platform 8 at King's Cross railway station.
Feb23 The fifteenth Winter Olympic Games opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Feb25 Sinner and US TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart is suspended by the elders of the church for his descent into immorality
Feb29 Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in WW II deportations. He is also accused of criminal involvement in the execution of seven British Commandos 
Mar6 Three IRA terrorists were shot dead by SAS men in Gibraltar. The circumstances surrounding their deaths formed the basis of a controversial TV documentary "Death On The Rock"
Mar11 The one pound note (introduced 12th March 1797) ceased to be legal tender, and was replaced by the pound coin.
Apr4 The ITV soap opera Crossroads ended after 24 years and 4510 episodes
Apr10 The world's longest double-decker bridge opened to traffic,carrying cars and trains. The 7-9 mile long 'Great Seto Bridge' crossed the Inland Sea and liked the islands of Honshu and Shikoku. It had taken 10 years to build and cost 4.9 billion.
Apr16 PLO military chief Khalil Wazir (Abu Jihad) is gunned down by Israeli commandos in Tunisia
Apr18 Israeli court convicted John Demjanjuk of Nazi war crimes, saying he was the gas chamber operator "Ivan The Terrible" at the Treblinka death camp in World War 11
May15 Soviet troops began leaving Afghanistan after eight years of occupation
Jun2 In Canberra, the High Court unanimously rejected Britain's bid to ban further publication in Australia of the "Spycatcher" memoirs of
former secret agent Peter Wright.
Jun6 The Queen stripped imprisoned jockey Lester Piggott of his OBE. He was jailed earlier for repeated tax evasion
Jul3 American warship Vincennes shot down an Iran Airbus A300 over the Gulf in the last weeks of the Iran-Iraq war, killing all 290 aboard.
Jul6 167 men die in an explosion on the Piper Alpha oil rig in the North Sea.
Aug19 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their eight year-old war 
Oct19 British government banned broadcast interviews with groups which expressed support for violence in Northern Ireland,
provoking opposition charges it was handing a propaganda coup to the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
Nov8 George Bush (Republican) beats Mike Dukakis (Democrat) for Presidency of the USA
Dec1 Benazir Bhutto named first female Prime Minister of a Moslem country (Pakistan) 
Dec6 Roy Orbison died.
Dec12 The Clapham Rail disaster kills 35 people and injures 132. The Report into the disaster placeds the blame firmly with the management of British Rail and its commitment to outdated and damaging practises
Dec21 Lockerbie disaster - Pan Am flight 103 blows up over the town of Lockerbie. All aboard the plane are killed. Subsequent investigation points to the complicity of Lybian agents in planting explosives on the plane

 

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