Tag: 1988

Monday 9/7/2020 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1988This week we countdown the Top 40 Hits from September 24, 1988

Saturday 3pm: Max 20th Century – 1988 (Part 4)

July 1 – The Soviet Union votes to end the CPSU’s monopoly on economic and other non-political power and to further economic changes towards a less rigidly Marxist-Leninist economy.
July 3
The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus.
Iran Air Flight 655 is accidentally shot down by a missile launched from the USS Vincennes, killing a total of 290 people on board.
July 6
The Piper Alpha production platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires, killing 165 oil workers and 2 rescue mariners. 61 workers survive.
Syringe Tide: the first reported medical waste on beaches in the Greater New York area (including hypodermic needles and syringes possibly infected with the AIDS virus) washes ashore on Long Island. Subsequent medical waste discoveries on beaches in Coney Island, Brooklyn and in Monmouth County, New Jersey force the closure of numerous New York–area beaches in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record in the American Northeast.
July 31 – Thirty-two people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
August 5
Arif Hussain Hussaini, leader of Pakistani Shia Muslims, is shot in Peshawar.
The 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis culminates in the ouster of the Lord President of Malaysia, Salleh Abas.
August 6–7 – Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City: A riot erupts in Tompkins Square Park when police attempt to enforce a newly passed curfew for the park. Bystanders, artists, residents, homeless people and political activists are caught up in the police action that takes place during the night of August 6 and early into August 7.
August 8 – 8888 Uprising: Thousands of protesters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, are killed during anti-government demonstrations.
August 11 – Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden.
August 17 – Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Lewis Raphel, are killed in a plane crash near Bahawalpur.
August 19 – A truce begins in the Iran–Iraq War.
August 20 – The Iran–Iraq War ends, with an estimated one million lives lost.
August 21 – The 6.9 Mw Nepal earthquake shakes the Nepal–India border with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), leaving 709–1,450 people killed and thousands injured.
August 28 – Seventy-five people are killed and 346 injured in one of the worst air show disasters in history at Germany’s Ramstein Air Base, when three jets from the Italian air demonstration team, Frecce Tricolori, collide, sending one of the aircraft crashing into the crowd of spectators.
September 5 – With US$2 billion in federal aid, the Robert M. Bass Group agrees to buy the United States’ largest thrift, American Savings and Loan Association.
September 11 – Singing Revolution: In Estonian SSR, 300,000 demonstrate for independence.
September 12 – Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
September 17 – October 2 – The 1988 Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea.
September 22 – The Ocean Odyssey drilling rig suffers a blowout and fire in the North Sea (see also July 6).
September 29 – STS-26: NASA resumes Space Shuttle flights, grounded after the Challenger disaster, with Space Shuttle Discovery.
October 5
Thousands riot in Algiers, Algeria against the National Liberation Front government; by October 10 the army has tortured and killed[clarification needed] about 500 people in crushing the riots.
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet loses a national plebiscite on his rule; he relinquishes power in 1990.
October 12
Walsh Street police shootings: Two Victoria Police officers are gunned down, execution style, in Australia.
The Birchandra Manu massacre occurs in Tripura, India.
October 19 – The United Kingdom bans broadcast interviews with IRA members. The BBC gets around this stricture through the use of professional actors.
October 20 – The Los Angeles Dodgers won 4 games to 1 in the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.
October 27 – Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.
October 28 – Abortion: 48 hours after announcing it was abandoning RU-486, French manufacturer Roussel Uclaf states that it will resume distribution of the drug.
October 29 – Pakistan’s General Rahimuddin Khan resigns from his post as the governor of Sindh, following attempts by the President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, to limit the vast powers Gen. Rahimuddin had accumulated.
October 30 – Jericho bus firebombing: 5 Israelis are killed and 5 wounded in a Palestinian attack in the West Bank.
November 2 – The Morris worm, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet, written by Robert Tappan Morris, is launched from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
November 3 – Sri Lankan Tamil mercenaries try to overthrow the Maldivian government. At President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s request, the Indian military suppresses the coup attempt within 24 hours.
November 8 – United States presidential election, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected.
November 10 – The United States Air Force acknowledges the existence of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in a Pentagon press conference.
November 15
In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran is launched by an Energia rocket on its maiden orbital spaceflight (the first and last space flight for the shuttle).
Israeli–Palestinian conflict: An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed at the Palestinian National Council meeting in Algiers, by a vote of 253–46.
The very first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched by Nico Roozen, Frans van der Hoff and ecumenical development agency Solidaridad in the Netherlands.
November 16
Singing Revolution: The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR adopts the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration in which the laws of the Estonian SSR are declared supreme over those of the Soviet Union. The USSR declares it unconstitutional on 26 November. It is the first declaration of sovereignty from Moscow of any Soviet or Eastern Block entity.
In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan choose populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister. Elections are held as planned despite head of state Zia-ul-Haq’s death earlier in August.
November 22 – In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
November 23 – Former Korean president Chun Doo Hwan publicly apologizes for corruption during his presidency, announcing he will go into exile.
December 1
Carlos Salinas de Gortari takes office as President of Mexico.
The first World AIDS Day is held.
December 2
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
A cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless and thousands dead.
December 6
The Australian Capital Territory is granted self-government by the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.
Famous American vocalist Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack in Hendersonville, Tennessee aged 52.
December 7
In Soviet Armenia, the Ms 6.8 Spitak earthquake kills nearly 25,000, injures 31,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
Singing Revolution: Estonian language replaces Russian as the official language of the Estonian SSR.
December 9 – The last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant roll off the assembly line in a Chrysler factory in the U.S.
December 12 – The Clapham Junction rail crash in London kills 35 and injures 132.
December 16 – Perennial U.S. presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche is convicted of mail fraud.
December 20 – The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
December 21
Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people. Those responsible are believed to be Libyans.
Drexel Burnham Lambert agreed to plead guilty to insider trading and other violations and pay penalties of US$650 million.
December 22 – Brazilian union and environmental activist Chico Mendes is assassinated.

Friday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1988 (Part 3)


January – The cargo ship Khian Sea deposits 4,000 tons of toxic waste in Haiti after wandering around the Atlantic for sixteen months.
January 2 – The Soviet Union begins its program of economic restructuring (perestroika) with legislation initiated by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev (though Gorbachev had begun minor restructuring in 1985).
January 7–8 – In the Afghan War, 39 men of the Soviet Airborne Troops from the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment fight off an attack by 200 to 250 Mujahideen in the Battle for Hill 3234, later dramatized in the Russian film The 9th Company
January 13 – President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-kuo passed away; Vice-President Lee Teng-hui became president.
January 15 – In Jerusalem, Israeli police and Palestinian protestors clash at the Dome of the Rock; several police and at least 70 Palestinians are injured.
January 17 – Australian soap opera Home and Away premieres with a pilot episode.
January 26 – The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway play ever, opens.


February 3 – The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan’s request for $36.25 million to support the Nicaraguan Contras.
February 12 – The 1988 Black Sea bumping incident: Soviet frigate Bezzavetnyy intentionally rams USS Yorktown in Soviet territorial waters while Yorktown claims innocent passage.
February 13–28 – The 1988 Winter Olympics are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
February 17
1988 Oshakati bomb blast: A bomb explodes outside the First National Bank in Oshakati, Namibia, killing 27 and injuring 70.
U.S. Lieutenant Colonel William R. Higgins, serving with a United Nations group monitoring a truce in southern Lebanon, is kidnapped (and later killed by his captors).
February 20 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and join the Armenian SSR, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
February 25 – The constitution of the Sixth Republic of Korea comes into effect.
February 27–29 – Collapse of the Soviet Union: The Sumgait pogrom of Armenians occurs in Sumqayit.
February 29 – A Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in World War II deportations.


March 6 – Operation Flavius: A Special Air Service team of the British Army shoots dead 3 unarmed members of a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) Active service unit in Gibraltar.
March 13
Opening to rail traffic of the Seikan Tunnel beneath the Tsugaru Strait connecting the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido (53.85 km (33.49 mi)), the world’s longest (until 2016) and deepest.
Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf in Washington, D.C., elects Dr. I. King Jordan as the first deaf president in its history. This conclusion of the Deaf President Now campaign is a turning point in the deaf civil rights movement.
March 16
The Halabja chemical attack is carried out by Iraqi government forces.
Iran–Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Milltown Cemetery attack: Three men are killed and 70 wounded in a gun and grenade attack by loyalist paramilitary Michael Stone on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the funerals of the 3 IRA members killed in Gibraltar.
First Republic Bank of Texas fails and enters FDIC receivership, the largest FDIC assisted bank failure in history.
March 17
A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into the side of the mountains near the Venezuelan border, killing 143.
Eritrean War of Independence – Battle of Afabet: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on 3 sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF).
March 19 – Corporals killings in Belfast: Two British Army corporals are abducted, beaten and shot dead by Irish republicans after driving into the funeral cortege of IRA members killed in the Milltown Cemetery attack.[7]
March 20 – Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the EPLF enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
March 24
An Israeli court sentences Mordechai Vanunu to 18 years in prison for disclosing Israel’s nuclear program to The Sunday Times.
The first McDonald’s restaurant in a country run by a Communist party opens in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.[8] In 1989 it will be followed by one in Budapest, and in 1990 in Moscow and Shenzhen, China.
March 25 – The Candle demonstration in Bratislava, Slovakia is the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the socialist government in Czechoslovakia.
March 29 – African National Congress representative Dulcie September is assassinated in Paris.

The Iranian frigate, IS Alvand, attacked by US Navy forces during Operation Praying Mantis

April 5 – Kuwait Airways Flight 422 is hijacked while en route from Bangkok, Thailand to Kuwait. The hijackers demand the release of 17 Shiite Muslim prisoners held by Kuwait. Kuwait refuses to release the prisoners, leading to a 16-day siege across 3 continents. Two passengers are killed before the siege ends.
April 10
The Ojhri Camp Disaster occurs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The Great Seto Bridge opens to traffic in Japan.
April 14
In the Geneva Accords, the Soviet Union commits itself to withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
The USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) strikes a naval mine in the Persian Gulf, while deployed on Operation Earnest Will, during the Tanker War phase of the Iran–Iraq War.
April 16
Israeli commandos kill the PLO’s Abu Jihad in Tunisia.
In Forlì, Italy, the Red Brigades kill Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor of Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita.
April 18 – The United States Navy retaliates for the USS Samuel B. Roberts mining with Operation Praying Mantis, in a day of strikes against Iranian oil platforms and naval vessels.
April 20 – The world’s longest skyjacking comes to an end when the remaining passengers of Kuwait Airways Flight 422 are released by their captors.
April 22 – The Ouvéa cave hostage taking begins in Ouvéa, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia.
April 25 – In Israel, Ivan Demjanjuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II. He is accused by survivors of being the notorious guard at the Treblinka extermination camp known as “Ivan the Terrible”. The conviction is later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.
April 30 – World Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Queensland, Australia.


May 4 – PEPCON disaster in Henderson, Nevada: A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant causes damage extending up to 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) away, including Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.
May 5 – The Ouvéa cave hostage taking ends in Ouvéa, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia.
May 8 – Re-election of François Mitterrand, for 7 years, in France.
May 15 – Soviet–Afghan War: After more than 8 years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins withdrawing from Afghanistan.
May 16–18 – 1988 Gilgit massacre: In 1988 a revolt by the Shias of Gilgit (in northern Pakistan) was ruthlessly suppressed by the Zia-ul Haq regime.
May 26 – The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Boston Bruins in a four-game sweep to win their fourth Stanley Cup.
May 31 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.


June 10–14 – Spontaneous 100,000 strong mass night-singing demonstrations in Estonian SSR eventually give name to the Singing Revolution.
June 10–25 – West Germany hosts the UEFA Euro 1988 football tournament, which is won by the Netherlands.
June 11 – Wembley Stadium hosts a concert featuring stars from the fields of music, comedy and film, in celebration of the 70th birthday of imprisoned ANC leader Nelson Mandela.
June 14 – A small wildfire starts in Montana just north of the boundary for Yellowstone National Park. The Storm Creek fire expands into the park, then merges with dozens of other drought-inspired fires. Eventually, over 750,000 acres (3,000 km2) of Yellowstone – 36% of the park’s area – burns before firefighters gain control in late September.
June 22 – The Critically Acclaimed Film Who Framed Roger Rabbit is released winning 3 Competitive Academy Award and One Special Achievement Academy Award
June 23 – NASA scientist James Hansen testifies to the U.S. Senate that man-made global warming has begun.
June 27 – The Gare de Lyon rail accident occurs in Paris, France as a commuter train headed inbound to the terminal crashes into a stationary outbound train, killing 56 and injuring 57.
June 30 – Roman Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrates four bishops at Écône, Switzerland for his apostolate, along with Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, without a papal mandate.

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1988 (Part 2)

July 2 – Michael Jackson with fifth single from Bad, “Dirty Diana”, he broke the record to have five consecutive charting singles from same album at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, is the first artist and only male in history to achieve this.
August 12 – Public Enemy garners publicity by staging a concert at Riker’s Island prison for 250 inmates and 100 journalists.
September 6–9 – Elton John auctions off many items from his personal collection, including memorabilia and stage-worn clothing, at Sotheby’s for a total of $8.5 million. John had been known for wearing flamboyant stage costumes during the glam rock era of the 1970s, but he increasingly abandoned them in later years.
September 10 – Billboard magazine publishes its Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for the first time.
September 24 – James Brown faces a variety of charges after leading police on an interstate chase, after reportedly breaking into a seminar in an Augusta, Georgia, building he owned an office in, waving a gun and demanding to know who had used his restrooms. Earlier in the year Brown had been arrested on drug and firearms-related charges.
September 25 – The Aalto Theatre, Essen, Germany, opens with a performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
October 10 – The new Cairo Opera House is inaugurated by President Hosni Mubarak and Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, brother of the Emperor of Japan. The opening ceremony includes a kabuki performance in recognition of the funds donated by Japan.
November 7 – John Fogerty wins a self-plagiarism lawsuit with Fantasy Records. The record label had contended that Fogerty’s 1985 comeback hit “The Old Man Down the Road” was too similar to his 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival song, “Run Through the Jungle”.
November 12 – U2’s Rattle and Hum hits the Number One spot on the U.S. charts, the first double album to do so since Bruce Springsteen’s The River in 1980.
December 4 – Singer Roy Orbison gives his last concert in Akron, Ohio, USA, before his death from a heart attack.
December 28 – Madonna is subpoenaed to testify, against her stalker, her soon-to-be divorced husband Sean Penn, at the Criminal Courts Building in Malibu, California, USA. Penn was arrested by a security guard outside her estate in Los Angeles in November 1987 for trespassing on her property and threatening to attack or kill her and also cut her hair.
December 31 – The seventeenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Natalie Cole, Taylor Dayne, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Richard Marx, Reba McEntire and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Also in 1988

Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrew Davis begins a term as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and is appointed musical director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, effective with the 1989 season.
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” experiences a surge in popularity in the USA sparked by television commercials featuring claymation raisin figures dancing to the song. The California Raisins version of the song peaks at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1988 (Part 1)

January 3 – The Cinemax television special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night, recorded on September 30, 1987, at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, USA, is broadcast.
January 20 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony inducts The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan and The Supremes.
January 28 – A Tampa, Florida, man files an unusual lawsuit against Mötley Crüe. Matthew John Trippe, who has a history of mental health issues and trouble with the law, claims that he was secretly hired to pose as Nikki Sixx and toured, wrote and recorded with the band for a time during 1983 and 1984. Trippe drops the lawsuit in 1993.
March 26 – “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the Bad album tops the Billboard Hot 100. It’s the first time in history a solo artist has had four Number One singles from the same album.
April 7 – Alice Cooper almost dies on stage when one of the props, the Gallows, malfunctions.
April 19 – Former rock and roll singer Sonny Bono is inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, California, USA.
April 25 – Rock supermanager Doc McGhee is sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to charges of drug smuggling stemming from a 1982 seizure of nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana entering North Carolina from Colombia.
April 30 – The Eurovision Song Contest, held in the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, is won by French-Canadian singer Celine Dion, representing Switzerland with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi”.
May 14 – Atlantic Records stages a concert at Madison Square Garden celebrating its Fortieth birthday with performances by many of the label’s greatest acts of the past. Artists include Crosby, Stills & Nash, Iron Butterfly, Ruth Brown, Foreigner and Wilson Pickett, but the most talked-about performance is by a reunited Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham on drums.
May 27 – The Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 commences in East Troy, Wisconsin. Van Halen headlines with the other acts on the bill consisting of Metallica, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come.[citation needed]
June 27 – Motown Records is sold to MCA and an investment firm for $61 million.

Thursday 6pm: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs Live with another edition of the RadioMaxMusic Classic Countdown.  We feature the Top 40 Hits from December 10, 1988.

Sunday 5pm: 80s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

Happy Easter, Today we feature the top 40 hits from April 2, 1988 with Ron Kovacs live on RadioMaxMusic.

Thursday 6pm: Top 50 Country Hits of 1988 with Ron Kovacs

Saturday 6pm: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week its the Top 40 Hits from July 23, 1988

Sunday 8am: Top 50 Hits of 1988 with Ron Kovacs

t50-1988Top 50 of 1988

Saturday 12pm: 80’s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

1988-1119Today we count down the Top 40 Hits from November 19, 1988 live with Ron Kovacs, 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 11am: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1988-064This week on the 80’s Classic Countdown we feature the Top 40 Hits from June 4, 1988

Saturday 11am: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1988-0820This week on the 80’s Classic Countdown we feature the Top 40 Hits of August 20, 1988 and the new hits released then.  Join Ron Kovacs Live 11am ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 12pm ET: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1988-0604Join Ron Kovacs for another 80’s Classic Countdown.  This week its the Top 40 Hits from June 4, 1988.  12 pm ET Live on RadioMaxMusic.

Top 50 Hits of 1988 with Ron Kovacs

1988The Top 50 Hits continues with 1988 with Ron Kovacs Live at 6pm ET