From the way back machine...1988:January 26 - Australia celebrates its bicentennial
February 3 - The United States House of Representatives controlled by the Democratic Party rejects Republican President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to support Nicaraguan Contras.
February 13 - The 1988 Winter Olympics open in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
March 16 - Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
April 14 - USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf while deployed on Operation Earnest Will during the Tanker War phase of the Iran-Iraq War.
April 18 - U.S. Navy forces retaliate for the Roberts mining with Operation Praying Mantis, in a day of strikes against Iranian oil platforms and naval vessels.
May 15 - Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdraw from Afghanistan.
May 16 - A report by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
July 3 - Iran Air Flight 655 shot down by missiles launched from the USS Vincennes ship
August 9 - Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial transactions in hockey history.
August 19 - Ceasefire begins in the Iran-Iraq war
August 20 - Iran-Iraq war ends, with an estimated 1 million lives lost.
August 29 - The first WWE (WWF at the time) SummerSlam main event featuring Hulk "Hulkamania" Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage versus Andre the Giant and "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase is held in Madison Square Gardens in New York City.
September 17 - Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea open
September 29 - NASA resumes space shuttle flights, grounded after the Challenger disaster
October 11 - Women are allowed to study at Magdalene College, Cambridge, for the first time. Male students wear black armbands and the porter flies a black flag
October 30 - Philip Morris buys Kraft Foods for US$13.1 billion.
November 8 - U.S. presidential election, 1988: George Herbert Walker Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis.
November 18 - War on Drugs: US President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers
November 21 - Canadian federal election, 1988: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada win a second majority government
November 22 - In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
December 9 - The last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant roll off the assembly line in a Chrysler factory.
December 15 - JP turns 17.
December 19 - The Consumer Product Safety Commission bans the sale of lawn darts following the deaths of three children.
December 21 - Pan Am flight 103 is blown up by Libyan terrorists over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 on board and 11 on the ground.
(geeze i'm bad at html... it only took 4 edits to get this sort of the way i wanted it.)