1988: Bush Wins White House, Pan Am 103 Blown Up Over Lockerbie
By Patrick Mondout
Vice President Bush's victory over Michael Dukakis, the bombing of Pan
Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the cease fire in August in the
Iran/Iraq war, and scandals involving a number of televangelists were big
stories in 1988.
January 31: The Washington Redskins destroyed
the Denver Broncos 42-10 in Super
February 21: In one of the most memorable moments of the Awesome80s,
Jimmy Swaggart tearfully claimed, "I have sinned against you" in
a scripted program designed to elicit sympathy from his followers after it
is revealed that the TV minister had been hooking up with hookers.
February 24: Jerry Falwell's attempts to win $200,000 from Hustler
magazine over a cartoon ended in failure when the U.S. Supreme Court
overturned a lower court's judgment on free speech grounds.
March 16: Iran-Contra defendants John Poindexter and Oliver
North are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
April 4: Arizona Governor Evan Mecham is removed from office
following impeachment (and a voter-lead recall) for diversion of state
money and for generally embarrassing residents of the state nearly every
time he opened his mouth.
April 14: Soviet Union announces it will withdraw troops from
Afghanistan, which will end thenine year old conflict.
June 28: The Defense Attache of the U.S. Embassy in Greece was
killed when a car bomb was detonated outside his home in Athens.
July 3: The Navy's U.S.S. Vincennes mistakenly shoots down
an Iranian airliner killing 290 people.
August 20: Fires in Yellowstone National Park burn over 160,000
acres in one day.
September 10-17: Hurricane
Gilbert in the Caribbean & Gulf of Mexico leaves 260 dead.
September 27: Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson is stripped of his gold
medal after testing positive for banned steroids.
September 29: NASA resumes Space Shuttle flights, which have been
grounded since the Challenger disaster
November 8: George Bush Sr. wins the presidency by a comfortable
margin over Massachusetts Governor Michael
November 15: First and only flight of the Soviet
December 7: An earthquake in Armenia leaves over 25,000 dead.
December 21: Pan American Airlines Flight 103 was blown up over
Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb believed to have been placed on the
aircraft in Frankfurt, West Germany, by Libyan terrorists. All 259 people
on board were killed in addition to 11 on the ground.