January – The cargo ship Khian Sea deposits 4,000 tons of toxic waste in Haiti after wandering around the Atlantic for sixteen months.
January 1 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is established, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.
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).
Michigan State Spartans football team wins the Rose Bowl Game against USC Trojans.
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 – Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo dies in Taipei; Vice-President Lee Teng-hui becomes 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 25 – U.S. Vice President George H. W. Bush and CBS News anchor Dan Rather clash over Bush's role in the Iran–Contra affair during a contentious television interview.
January 26 – The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway play ever, opens.
January 29 – The Midwest Classic Conference, a U.S. college athletic conference, is formed.
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.
Anthony Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
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.
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 24 – Hustler Magazine v. Falwell: The Supreme Court of the United States sides with Hustler magazine by overturning a lower court decision to award Jerry Falwell $200,000 for defamation.
February 27 – February 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 3 – A new British political party, the Liberal Democrats, is formed.
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.
Two United States Army helicopters collide in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, killing 17 servicemen.
U.S. presidential candidate George H. W. Bush defeats Bob Dole in numerous Republican primaries and caucuses on "Super Tuesday". The bipartisan primary/caucus calendar, designed by Democrats to help solidify their own nominee early, backfires when none of the 6 competing candidates are able to break out of the pack in the day's Democratic contests. Jesse Jackson, however, wins several Southern state primaries.
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.
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.
Tshering Dorji was born in small village of Sonam Lhamo, Wamrong, Trashigang, Bhutan.He currently serves as humanities teacher in Nangkor Central school after qualifying from Sherubtse College with political science and sociology degree
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 18 – Tokyo Dome, as well known for sport venues and beseball-park in Japan, officially opened.
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.
March 20 – Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the EPLF enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
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. 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 26 – U.S. presidential candidate Jesse Jackson defeats Michael Dukakis in the Michigan Democratic caucuses, becoming the temporary front-runner for the party's nomination. Dick Gephardt withdraws his candidacy after his campaign speeches against imported automobiles fail to earn him much support in Detroit.
March 29 – African National Congress representative Dulcie September is assassinated in Paris.
April 4 – Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office.
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis wins the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary.
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.
Disneyland closes the America Sings Attraction permanently in Anaheim, California.
The comic strip FoxTrot makes its first appearance in US newspapers.
The Ojhri Camp Disaster occurs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The Great Seto Bridge opens to traffic in Japan.
April 11 – The Last Emperor (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) wins nine Oscars.
April 12 – Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
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.
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 28 – Aloha Airlines Flight 243 loses several yards of its upper fuselage while in flight, killing 1 person.
April 29 – Boeing 747-400's first flight
World Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Queensland, Australia.
Celine Dion wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi".
May 4 – PEPCON disaster in Henderson, Nevada: A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant causes damage extending up to 10 miles (16 km) 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 14 – Bus collision near Carrollton, Kentucky: A drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71, hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group from Radcliff, Kentucky. The resulting fire kills 27, making it tied for 1st in the U.S. for most fatalities involving 2 vehicles to the present day. Coincidentally, the other 2-vehicle accident involving a bus that also killed 27 occurred in Prestonburg, Kentucky on February 28, 1958.
May 15 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than 8 years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins withdrawing from Afghanistan.
A report by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
California v. Greenwood: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that police officers do not need a search warrant to search through discarded garbage.
May 24 – Section 28 (outlawing promotion of homosexuality in schools) is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.
May 27 – Microsoft releases Windows 2.1.
May 31 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.
June – US congress approved expansion of Medicare benefits to protect against "catastrophic" medical costs; the act was repealed in November 1989.
June 5 – The first National Cancer Survivors Day is held.
June 6 – Elizabeth II strips jockey Lester Piggott of his OBE, following his jailing for tax irregularities.
June 10–14 – Spontaneous 100,000 strong mass night-singing demonstrations in Estonian SSR eventually give name to the Singing Revolution.
The name of the General Public License (GPL) is mentioned for the first time.
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 23 – NASA scientist James Hansen testifies to the Senate that man-made global warming has begun.
June 25 – The Netherlands defeats the Soviet Union 2–0 to win Euro 88.
June 26 – Air France Flight 296 crashes into the tops of trees beyond the runway on a demonstration flight at Habsheim, France; 3 passengers are killed.
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 28 – Four workers are exposed to poisonous gas at a metal-plating plant in Auburn, Indiana, in the worst confined-space industrial accident in U.S. history (a fifth victim dies two days later).
June 29 – Morrison v. Olson: The United States Supreme Court upholds the law allowing special prosecutors to investigate suspected crimes by executive branch officials.
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.
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.
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.
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 14 – Volkswagen closes its Westmoreland Assembly Plant after 10 years of operation (the first factory built by a non-American automaker in the U.S.).
July 16 – Paddy Ashdown becomes the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK.
July 20 – The Democratic National Convention in Atlanta nominates Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen as its Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates.
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.
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 14 – Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari, dies at the age of 90, after a long illness.
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 18 – The Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana nominates George H. W. Bush for President and Dan Quayle for Vice President of the United States of America.
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 25 – A fire destroys part of Chiado quarter, in Lisbon's historical center.
August 26 – Mehran Karimi Nasseri, "The terminal man", decides to stay at the De Gaulle Airport in Paris, where he will continue to reside until August 1, 2006.
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 16 – Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds pitches the 12th perfect game in baseball history against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.
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.
Thousands riot in Algiers, Algeria against the National Liberation Front government; by October 10 the army has killed and tortured about 500 people in crushing the riots.
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet loses a national plebiscite on his rule; he relinquishes power in 1990.
In Omaha, Nebraska, in the only vice presidential debate of the 1988 U.S. presidential election, the Republican vice presidential nominee, Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana, insists he has as much experience in government as John F. Kennedy did when he sought the presidency in 1960. His Democratic opponent, Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, replies, "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
October 7 – War of the Worlds premieres in syndication.
October 9 – The 1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup culminates in Australia's 25–12 victory over New Zealand at Auckland's Eden Park before 47,363 spectators.
Walsh Street police shootings: Two Victoria Police officers are gunned down, execution style, in Australia.
The Birchandra Manu massacre occurs in Tripura, India.
October 13 – In the second U.S. presidential debate, held by U.C.L.A., the Democratic party nominee, Michael Dukakis, is asked by journalist Bernard Shaw of CNN if he would support the death penalty if his wife, Kitty, were to be raped and murdered. Gov. Dukakis' reply, voicing his opposition to capital punishment in any and all circumstances, is later said to have been a major reason for the eventual failure of his campaign for the White House.
October 15 – Kirk Gibson hits a dramatic home run to win Game 1 of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, over the Oakland Athletics, by a score of 5–4.
October 19 – The United Kingdom bans broadcast interviews with IRA members. The BBC gets around this stricture through the use of professional actors.
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.
Jericho bus firebombing: 5 Israelis are killed and 5 wounded in a Palestinian attack in the West Bank.
Ayrton Senna became Formula 1 champion for the first time by winning 1988 Japanese Grand Prix.
Philip Morris buys Kraft Foods for US$13.1 billion.
Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia draws to a close.
November 1 – In the Israeli election, Likud wins 47 seats, Labour wins 49, but Likud Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir remains in office.
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 – 5 – Thousands of South Korean students demonstrate against former president Chun Doo-hwan.
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 over Michael Dukakis, becoming the first sitting Vice President of the United States in 152 years to be elected as President of the United States.
November 10 – The United States Air Force acknowledges the existence of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in a Pentagon press conference.
November 11 – In Sacramento, California, police find a body buried in the lawn of 60-year-old boardinghouse landlady Dorothea Puente (7 bodies are eventually found and Puente is convicted of 3 murders and sentenced to life in prison).
November 13 – Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian law student in Portland, Oregon, is beaten to death by members of the Neo-Nazi group East Side White Pride.
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.
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 18 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers.
Canadian federal election, 1988: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada win a second majority government.
Ted Turner officially buys Jim Crockett Promotions, known as NWA Crockett, and turns it into World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
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.
November 24 – The popular American cult television comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes its debut on KTMA.
November 30 – Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for US$25.07 billion in the biggest leveraged buyout deal of all time.
Carlos Salinas de Gortari takes office as President of Mexico.
The first World AIDS Day is held.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAT-8, the first transatlantic telephone cable to use optical fibers, is completed. This led to more robust connections between the American and European Internet.
Near the end of the year, the first proper and official Internet connection to Europe was made between Princeton, New Jersey and Stockholm, Sweden.
Zebra mussels are found in the Great Lakes.
Tim Berners-Lee begins to openly discuss his plans for what would become the World Wide Web at CERN.
The U.S. Drought of 1988 causes big crop damage in many states, impacts many portions of the United States and causes around $60 billion in damage. Multiple regions suffer in the conditions. Heat waves cause 4,800 to 17,000 excess deaths while scorching many areas of the United States during 1988.
The Russian Mafia begins to expand with the decay of the Soviet Union.
The Communist Party of Britain is founded by a Marxist–Leninist faction of the Communist Party of Great Britain, after its leadership embraces Eurocommunism.
January 1 – Nelufar Hedayat, British television personality
Jonny Evans, Northern Irish footballer
J. R. Hildebrand, American race car driver
Luke Daniels, English footballer
Pauline, French composer, songwriter and singer
Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysian professional track cyclist
Haley Bennett, American actress and singer
Hardwell, Dutch progressive and electro house DJ and music producer
Robert Sheehan, Irish actor
Adrián López, Spanish footballer
Allison Harvard, American model
Michael Mancienne, English footballer
Marc Crosas, Spanish footballer
Claude Giroux, Canadian ice hockey player
Andrew Lawrence, American actor
Brian Scott, American race car driver
Kacey Barnfield, English actress
Hakeem Nicks, American football player
Tom Rosenthal, English actor and comedian
Jun. K, Korean vocalist (2PM)
Skrillex, American musician and DJ
Charlotte Sometimes, American singer-songwriter
January 16 – Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer
January 17 – Will Genia, Australian professional rugby union
Ironik, British musician, DJ and rapper
Angelique Kerber, German tennis player
JaVale McGee, American basketball player
Alexey Vorobyov (aka Alex Sparrow), Russian singer and actor
Colin Bensadon, Gibraltarian swimmer
Benjamin Ulrich, German international rugby union player
Ashton Eaton, American decathlete
Vanessa Hessler, American-Italian model and actress
Glaiza de Castro, Filipino actress
Greg Oden, American basketball player
Nick Palatas, American actor
January 24 – Jade Ewen, English singer, songwriter, actress and former member of the Sugababes
January 25 – Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player
Gary Hooper, English footballer
Mia Rose, Portuguese and British singer-songwriter
Alice Burdeu, Australian fashion model
Kerlon, Brazilian footballer
Liu Wen, Chinese model
January 28 – Alexandra Krosney, American film and television actress
Tatyana Chernova, Russian heptathlete
Stephanie Gilmore, Australian professional surfer
January 30 – Rob Pinkston, American actor
Meghan Collison, Canadian model
Zosia Mamet, American actress
Cho Kyuhyun, Korean singer (Super Junior)
Gregory van der Wiel, Dutch international footballer
February 4 – Carly Patterson, American gymnast
February 6 – Bailey Hanks, American singer, actress and dancer
February 5 – Karin Ontiveros, Mexican beauty queen
Ai Kago, Japanese singer
Lee Joon, South Korean idol singer (MBLAQ), dancer, actor, model
Matthew Stafford, American football player
Taylor Mays, American football safety
February 8 – Ryan Pinkston, American actor
February 9 – Lotte Friis, Danish swimmer
Seth Gamble, American porn actor
Jade Ramsey, English actress
February 11 – Li Chun, Chinese singer
Mike Posner, American singer, songwriter, and producer
Afshan Azad, English actress
Greta Salpeter, American singer-songwriter, pianist (The Hush Sound, Gold Motel)
DeMarco Murray, American football player
February 13 – Aston Merrygold, English singer (JLS)
Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer
Katie Boland, Canadian actress
Quentin Mosimann, Swiss singer
Olga Álava, Ecuadorian Miss Earth 2011 winner
Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
Jessica De Gouw, Australian actress
Zhang Jike, Chinese table tennis player
Kim Soo-hyun, South Korean actor
Natascha Kampusch, Austrian television hostess
Adil Rashid, English cricketer
Mark Davies, English footballer
Maiara Walsh, Brazilian-American actress
The Blossom Twins, English twin professional wrestlers
Changmin, Korean singer, songwriter and occasional actor
Rihanna, Barbadian pop singer
Jiah Khan, British Indian
Tracy Spiridakos, Canadian actress
February 21 – Matthias de Zordo, German javelin thrower
Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010
Efraín Juárez, Mexican footballer
Kevin Borlée, Belgian sprinter
February 24 – Rodrigue Beaubois, French basketball player
February 28 – Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter
February 29 – Lena Gercke, German fashion model
Katija Pevec, English actress
Trevor Cahill, American baseball player
James Arthur, British singer and musician
Vito Mannone, Italian footballer
Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
Nadine Samonte, Filipina actress and commercial model
Bella Heathcote, Australian actress
Michael Morrison, English footballer
Rafael Muñoz, Spanish swimmer
Josh Bowman, English film and television actor
Gal Mekel, Israeli basketball player
Agnes Carlsson, Swedish recording artist
Simon Mignolet, Belgian footballer
Lee Seung-hoon, South Korean speed skater
Elaine and Melanie Silver, American actresses
Armanti Edwards, American football player
Johnny Ruffo, Australian singer-songwriter and dancer
March 10 – Ivan Rakitić, Croatian and Swiss footballer
Fábio Coentrão, Portuguese footballer
Katsuhiko Nakajima, Japanese professional wrestler
March 12 – Elly Jackson, English singer-songwriter (La Roux)
March 13 – Tiffany Two, World's oldest cat (d. 2015)
Stephen Curry, American professional basketball player
Sasha Grey, American actress, model, author, musician, and former pornographic actress
March 15 – James Reimer, Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
March 16 – Jhené Aiko, American singer-songwriter
March 17 – Grimes, Canadian artist musician and music video director
March 18 – Soukaina Boukries, Moroccan singer
March 19 – Clayton Kershaw, American baseball player
March 21 – Lee Cattermole, English footballer
March 22 – Tania Raymonde, American actress
March 23 – Jason Kenny, British cyclist
March 24 – Finn Jones, English actor
Big Sean, American rapper
Erik Knudsen, Canadian actor
Ryan Lewis, American musician
March 26 – Suvi Koponen, Finnish fashion model
Nazario Fiakaifonu, Vanuatuan judoka
Holliday Grainger, English screen and stage actress
Jessie J, English singer and songwriter
Brenda Song, American actress
Atsuto Uchida, Japanese footballer
Ryan Kalish, American baseball player
Lacey Turner, English actress
Geno Atkins, American football player
March 29 – Kelly Sweet, American singer
March 30 – Richard Sherman, American football player
Alexander Bychkov, Russian serial killer
Brook Lopez, American basketball player
Ed Drewett, British singer
Jesse Plemons, American film and television actor
Kimber James, American transsexual pornographic actor and escort
Stephanie Cayo, Italian-Peruvian actress, singer and model
Francesca Catalano, American actress
Kam Chancellor, American football player
Brandon Graham, American football Linebacker
Tim Krul, Dutch footballer
April 5 – Daniela Luján, Mexican pop singer and actress
Fabrice Muamba, English footballer
Mike Bailey, British actor
April 7 – Ed Speleers, British actor
April 8 – Saqib Saleem, Indian model and actor
April 9 – Uee, South Korean idol singer and actress
April 10 – Haley Joel Osment, American actor
Leland Irving, Canadian ice hockey player
Pete Kozma, American baseball player
Jessie James, American country pop singer and songwriter
Tone Damli, Norwegian singer
April Rose Pengilly, Australian actor and former model
Anderson, Brazilian footballer
Allison Williams, American actress
April 14 – Ben Lloyd-Hughes, British actor
April 15 – Eliza Sophie Caird, English singer–songwriter
April 19 – Haruna Kojima, Japanese singer, actress, and idol (AKB48)
Robbie Amell, Canadian actor
Ricky Berens, American Olympic swimmer
Sophie Rundle, English actress
Christoph Sanders, American actor
Laura Lepisto, Finnish figure skater
Sara Paxton, American actress
James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player
Gareth Evans, English footballer
S. E. Lister, British novelist
April 27 – Semyon Varlamov, Russian ice hockey player
April 28 – Juan Mata, Spanish footballer
Alfred Hui, Hong Kong singer
Jonathan Toews, Canadian hockey player
Younha, Korean-born singer
April 30 – Ana de Armas, Cuban actress
Anushka Sharma, Indian actress
Nicholas Braun, American actor
May 4 – Kellie Loder, Canadian singer-songwriter
Adele, British pop singer
Brooke Hogan, American reality star and singer
Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer
May 6 – Ryan Anderson, American basketball player
May 7 – Brandon Jones, American actor
Ace Hood, American rapper
Brad Marchand, Canadian ice hockey player
Marcelo Vieira, Brazilian footballer
Marky Cielo, Filipino actor and dancer (d. 2008)
May 13 – Matt McLean, American Olympic swimmer
May 15 – Marcus Collins, English singer
Nikki Reed, American actress
Jennison Myrie-Williams, English footballer
Freddie Hogan, British actor
Ryan Cooley, Canadian actor
Taeyang, South Korean recording artist and model
May 19 – Lily Cole, English supermodel
May 21 – Park Gyu-ri, South Korean idol singer
Gavin Free, English cinematographer
Morgan Pressel, American professional golfer
Tia Bajpai, Indian singer, television and film actress
Roope Ranta, Finnish professional ice hockey player
Danny de Jong, Dutch actor
Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman, American boxer
Billy Gilman, American singer
Monica Lin Brown, U.S. Army medic, Silver Star recipient
Adrián González Morales, Spanish footballer
Cameron van der Burgh, South African Olympic swimmer
Dani Samuels, Australian discus thrower
Juan Cuadrado, Colombian footballer
Joel Selwood, Australian rules footballer
Starshell, American actress, model, songwriter and singer
Yam Concepcion, Filipino actress, film and television
Cheng Fei, Chinese gymnast
Percy Harvin, American football wide receiver
May 29 – Tobin Heath, FIFA Women's World Cup silver medal winning soccer player for the United States
Hope Partlow, American pop singer
Lisa Bund, German pop singer
Nami Tamaki, Japanese singer
Javier Hernández, Mexican footballer
June 2 – Sergio Agüero, Argentine footballer
June 4 – Li Man, Chinese actress
Nuh Omar, Pakistani writer and director
Sam Slocombe, English footballer
June 6 – Arianna Errigo, Italian fencer
Michael Cera, Canadian actor
Ekaterina Makarova, Russian tennis player
Milan Lucic, Canadian professional ice hockey player
June 8 – Reinaldo Zavarce, award-winning Venezuelan actor and singer
Mae Whitman, American actress
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Greek footballer
Lauren Landa, American voice actress
Yui Aragaki, Japanese model, actress and singer
Claire Holt, Australian actress
Eren Derdiyok, Swiss footballer
Cody Horn, American actress and model
Gabe Carimi, American football player
Cody Walker, American actor
June 14 – Kevin McHale, American actor, dancer and singer
June 15 – Cristopher Toselli, Chilean footballer
June 16 – Keshia Chanté, Canadian singer-songwriter, model and actress
June 17 – Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer
June 18 – Josh Dun, American drummer
June 20 – Shefali Chowdhury, British actress
June 21 – Alejandro Ramírez, Costa Rican chess Grandmaster
Omri Casspi, Israeli basketball player
Portia Doubleday, American actress
Miliyah Kato, Japanese pop and urban singer-songwriter
Isabella Leong, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
Jasmine Kara, Swedish singer and songwriter
Micah Richards, English footballer
Nichkhun Horvejkul, Thai singer
Candice Patton, American actress
Osama Ali, Iraqi footballer
Therese Johaug, Norwegian cross-country skier
Mark Haskins, English professional wrestler
Samanda (Amanda and Samantha Marchant), British acting duo
Remy LaCroix, American pornographic actress
Stefani Bismpikou, Greek artistic gymnast
Alanna Masterson, American actress
Matthew Spiranovic, Australian footballer
June 28 – Kanon Wakeshima, Japanese singer and cellist
June 29 – Éver Banega, Argentine footballer
Sean Marquette, American actor and voice actor
Pierdavide Carone, Italian singer-songwriter
James Preston, American actor
July 1 – Evan Ellingson, American actor
July 2 – Lee Chung-yong, Korean footballer
Angelique Boyer, French-Mexican actress and singer
Jada Stevens, American porn actress
Venus Raj, Filipina beauty queen and host
Natalie Mejia, American singer and songwriter
Jack Whitehall, English comedian
Miki Roqué, Spanish footballer
Rachael Finch, Australian beauty pageant titleholder and television reporter
Antonio Brown, American football player
Manjari Phadnis, Indian film actress
Heather Hemmens, American actress
July 11 – Joan Smalls, Puerto Rican model
July 12 – LeSean McCoy, American football player
Chris Sheffield, American actor
He Pingping, Mongolian & Guinness World Records shortest man able to walk (d. 2010)
Steven R. McQueen, American actor
Colton Haynes, American actor and model
Tulisa Contostavlos, British singer-songwriter
Conor McGregor, Irish mixed martial artist
James Vaughan, English footballer
July 15 – Aimee Carrero, American actress
July 16 – Sergio Busquets, Spanish footballer
July 17 – Summer Bishil, American actress
July 18 – Ambyr Childers, American actress
Shane Dawson, American YouTube comedian and actor
Cherami Leigh, American actress and voice actress
Trent Williams, American football player
Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress
Stephen Strasburg, American baseball player
July 21 – DeAndre Jordan, American basketball player
July 23 – Paul Anderson, English footballer
July 24 – Han Seung-yeon, South Korean idol singer dancer and actress
Linsey Godfrey, American actress
Anthony Stokes, Irish footballer
Heather Marks, Canadian model
Sarah Geronimo, Filipina singer and actress
Sayaka Akimoto, Japanese singer, actress and idol (AKB48)
Francia Raisa, American actress
Ayla Brown, American recording artist and former NCAA basketball player
Gunnar Nelson, Icelandic mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
July 30 – Alexander Vlahos, Welsh actor
Krystal Meyers, American singer-songwriter/musician
Charlie Carver, American actor
A.J. Green, American football player
Max Carver, American actor
Sasha Jackson, British actress
Nayer, American pop singer
Golden Tate, American football player
August 4 – Jen Lilley, American actress
Eddie Nolan, Irish footballer
Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
Kendra Spears, American model
August 6 – Aleska Diamond, Hungarian porn actress
Anikka Albrite, American porn actress
Beanie Wells, American football running back
Princess Beatrice of York, British princess and daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York
Mădălina Diana Ghenea, Romanian-born actress and model
Leah Pipes, American actress
Justin Gaston, American singer-songwriter, model and actor
August 13 – MØ, Danish singer
August 15- Zaira Nara, Argentine model
Ismaïl Aissati, Moroccan footballer
Tara Teng, Canadian model, human rights activist, blogger, public speaker and television presenter
Rumer Willis, American actress and singer
Ryan Kerrigan, American football player
Kevin Schmidt, American actor
Erika Toda, Japanese actress
Jihadi John, Kuwaiti member of ISIS (d. 2015)
G-Dragon, Korean bandleader (Big Bang)
Jack Hobbs, English footballer
Travis Tedford, American actor
Hoodie Allen, American hip-hop artist
Veronica Roth, American novelist and short story writer
Kacey Musgraves, American country music artist
Robert Lewandowski, Polish footballer
Mitchell Langerak, Australian football player
Dávid Verrasztó, Hungarian swimmer
Alice Glass, Canadian singer
Jeremy Lin, American basketball player
Kimberly Matula, American actress
August 24 – Rupert Grint, English actor
Alexandra Burke, English singer
Ray Quinn, English actor, singer, and dancer
Tori Black, American pornographic actress
Evan Ross, American actor and musician
Erik Hassle, Swedish pop singer-songwriter
August 27 – Alexa Vega, American actress; wife of Big Time Rush singer and actor Carlos Pena Jr.
August 28 – Rosannagh MacLennan, Canadian trampoline gymnast
August 29 – Bartosz Kurek, Polish volleyball player
August 30 – Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player
August 31 – Tanaya Henry, American model and actress
Simona de Silvestro, Swiss race car drive
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer
Ishant Sharma, Indian cricketer
Javi Martínez, Spanish footballer
September 3 – Jérôme Boateng, German footballer
September 4 – Anna Li, American artistic gymnast
Nuri Şahin, Turkish footballer
Felipe Caicedo, Ecuadorian association footballer
Sargun Mehta, Indian model, comedian, dancer, presenter and actress.
Max George, British singer
Kevin Love, American basketball player
Paul Iacono, American actor
September 8 – Chantal Jones, American fashion model and actress
McKey Sullivan, American fashion model
JM de Guzman, Filipino actor
Ketchup Eusebio, Filipino actor and TV actor
Jordan Staal, Canadian hockey player
Coco Rocha, Canadian fashion model
Jared Lee Loughner, American perpetrator/gunman of the 2011 Tucson shooting
September 11 – Lee Yong-dae, South Korean male badminton player
Prachi Desai, Indian film and television actress
Amanda Jenssen, Swedish singer
Matt Martians, American record producer
September 13 – John Park, American singer
Martin Fourcade, French biathlete
Zhou Zhouru, Chinese artistic gymnast
Chelsea Kane, American actress and singer
Nuno Roque, Portuguese actor
September 16 – Teddy Geiger, American singer-songwriter
September 17 – Pavel Mamayev, Russian footballer
Arizona Muse, American model
Lukas Graham, Danish singer
Annette Obrestad, Norwegian poker player
Katrina Bowden, American actress
Doug Baldwin, American football player
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
September 22 – Bethany Dillon, contemporary Christian music artist
September 23 – Juan Martín del Potro, Argentine tennis player
September 24 – Kyle Sullivan, American actor
September 25 – Ragasya, Indian actress and model
Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater
Sandhya, Indian film actress
James Blake, English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter
Esmée Denters, Dutch singer
Bill Sweatt, American ice hockey left winger
Kevin Durant, American basketball player
Justin Nozuka, American-Canadian singer-songwriter
October 1 – Cariba Heine, Australian actress and performer
October 2 – Andreas Moe, Swedish singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist
ASAP Rocky, American rapper and music video director
Alicia Vikander, Swedish actress
Tadhg Kelly, American actor
Ashley Banjo, British choreographer (Diversity)
Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer
Derrick Rose, American basketball player
Bahar Kızıl, German singer-songwriter
Maja Salvador, Filipina actress
Bobby Edner, American actor
October 6 – Maki Horikita, Japanese actress
October 7 – Diego Costa, Spanish footballer
October 8 – Hanne Gaby Odiele, Belgian model
October 11 – Rika Izumi, Japanese actress
Max Thieriot, American actor
Pia Toscano, American singer; American Idol contestant
October 15 – Mesut Özil, German football player
October 17 – Yuko Oshima, Japanese idol, singer and actress (AKB48)
October 19 – Markiyan Kamysh, Ukrainian writer
Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer
Candice Swanepoel, South African supermodell
Mark Rendall, Canadian actor
Blanca Suárez, Spanish actress
Glen Powell, American actor
Parineeti Chopra, Bollywood actress
Corey Hawkins, American Actor
October 26 – Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player
October 27 – Evan Turner, American basketball player
ASAP Ferg, American hip hop musician
Edd Gould, British flash animator, creator of Eddsworld (d. 2012)
Devon Murray, Irish actor
October 30 – Janel Parrish, American actress and singer-songwriter
October 31 – Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver
Ai Fukuhara, Japanese table tennis player
Scott Arfield, Scottish footballer
Elgiazar Farashyan, Belarusian singer (3+2)
Julia Görges, German professional tennis player
November 3 – Angus McLaren, Australian actor
November 4 – Dez Bryant, American football player
Virat Kohli, Indian international cricketer
Enchong Dee, Filipino actor
Emma Stone, American actress
Conchita Wurst, Austrian singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner
Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukrainian tennis player
Elsa Hosk, Swedish model
Tinie Tempah, English rapper
Jessica Lowndes, Canadian actress and singer
Jared Kusnitz, American film and television actor
Nikki Blonsky, American actress and singer
Analeigh Tipton, American figure skater and actress
November 12 – Russell Westbrook, American basketball player
November 15 – B.o.B, American rapper, singer, record producer, and conspiracy theorist
November 18 – Xander Corvus, American porn actor
November 19 – Patrick Kane, American hockey player
November 20 – Rhys Wakefield, Australian actor
November 21 – Len Väljas, Canadian cross-country skier
November 22 – Jamie Campbell Bower, English actor
November 24 – Sabi, American pop singer-songwriter, dancer and actress
Jay Spearing, English footballer
Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian lugar (d. 2010)
November 29 – Russell Wilson, American football player
Rebecca Rittenhouse,is an American actress
Phillip Hughes, Australian cricketer (d. 2014)
Eir Aoi, Japanese singer
Rotimi, singer-songwriter, actor, and model
Zoë Kravitz, American actress
Presley Hart, American porn actress
Tyler Joseph, American singer
Alfred Enoch, British actor
Athena, Filipina singer, stage actress
Mario Maurer, Thai model and actor
Yeng Constantino, Filipina singer
December 5 – Miralem Sulejmani, Serbian football player
December 6 – Sandra Nurmsalu, Estonian musician
Nathan Adrian, American Olympic swimmer
Emily Browning, Australian actress
Ashley Hinshaw, American actress and model
Hahm Eun-jung, South Korean singer
Olly Lancashire, English footballer
Paul Johnston, English cricketer
Nicolas Batum, French basketball player
Nate Ebner, American football player
Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer
Anna Popplewell, English actress
Mats Hummels, German footballer
December 17 – David Rudisha, Kenyan middle-distance runner
December 19 – Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer
Eri Kamei, Japanese singer
Mallory Hagan, American beauty pageant titleholder
Eric Gordon, American basketball player
Marco Mengoni, Italian singer-songwriter
December 27 – Hayley Williams, American singer (Paramore)
Ched Evans, Welsh footballer
Florrie, English pop singer
Ágnes Szávay, Hungarian tennis player
Michaela Kocianova, Slovak model
Eric Berry, American football player
Kirsty-Leigh Porter, English actress
Leon Jackson, Scottish singer
Jena Sims, American beauty queen
Victoria Alonsoperez, Uruguayan electronics and telecommunication engineer and entrepreneur
Benjamin Fodor alias Phoenix Jones, American superhero/vigilante
Ricky Norwood, English actor
Amna Suleiman, teacher and advocate for women's cycling in Gaza
Jeronimo Yanez, Mexican-American police officer responsible for fatally shooting Philando Castile in St. Anthony, Minnesota
January 1 – Margot Bryant, British actress (b. 1897)
January 2 – E. B. Ford, British geneticist (b. 1901)
January 3 – William Cagney, American actor (b. 1905)
January 5 – Pete Maravich, American basketball player (b. 1947)
January 6 – L. P. Davies, British novelist (b. 1914)
January 7 – Trevor Howard, British actor (b. 1913)
January 11 – Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, American pilot, United States Marine Corps fighter ace (b. 1912)
January 12 – Hiram Bingham IV, American diplomat (b. 1903)
January 13 – Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese politician, 3rd President of the Republic of China (b. 1910)
January 14 – Georgy Malenkov, Soviet politician, 5th Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (b. 1902)
January 15 – Seán MacBride, Irish Republican Army leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
January 16 – Ballard Berkeley, British actor (b. 1904)
January 20 – Philippe de Rothschild, French vineyard owner (b. 1902)
January 21 – Vincent Lingiari, Australian Aboriginal rights activist (b. 1908)
January 22 – Parker Fennelly, American comedian and actor (b. 1891)
January 25 – Colleen Moore, American actress (b. 1899)
January 28 – Klaus Fuchs, German-British physicist and spy (b. 1911)
February 1 – Heather O'Rourke, American actress (b. 1975)
February 3 – Robert Duncan, American poet (b. 1919)
February 5 – Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-British film producer (b. 1902)
February 11 – Marion Crawford, Scottish nanny of Elizabeth II (b. 1909)
February 12 – S. Nadarajah, Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer and politician
Ron Embleton, British comics artist and illustrator (b. 1930)
Léon Goossens. British oboist (b. 1897)
February 14 – Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American composer (b. 1901)
February 15 – Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
February 16 – Karp Osipovich Lykov, Russian Old Believer and survivalist
February 16 – Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Sri Lankan actor, politician
René Char, French poet (b. 1907)
André Frédéric Cournand, French-American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
February 25 – Kurt Mahler, German-Australian mathematician (b. 1903)
March 1 – Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (b. 1907)
March 3 – Lois Wilson, American actress (b. 1894)
March 5 – Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian and actor (b. 1933)
Divine, American singer and actor (b. 1945)
Edmund Berkeley, American scientist (b. 1909)
Robert Livingston, American actor (b. 1904)
Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
March 9 – Kurt Georg Kiesinger, German politician, 3rd Chancellor of Germany (b. 1904)
Glenn Cunningham, American Olympic athlete (b. 1909)
Andy Gibb, British singer (b. 1958)
Phạm Hùng, Vietnamese prime minister (b. 1912)
Olive Carey, American actress (b. 1896)
John Holmes, American pornographic actor (b. 1944)
March 16 – Erich Probst, Austrian football player (b. 1927)
March 18 – Joan Field, American violinist (b. 1915)
Gil Evans, American jazz pianist (b. 1912)
Ralph Wright, Writer and American actor (b. 1908)
March 21 – Edd Roush, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame, (b. 1893)
March 22 – Lester Rawlins, American stage and screen director (b. 1924)
March 25 – Robert Joffrey, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1930)
March 31 – Sir William McMahon, twentieth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
April 1 – Jim Jordan, American actor (b. 1896)
April 3 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (b. 1907)
April 6 – John Clements, British actor (b. 1910)
Hermann Graf, German fighter ace (b. 1912)
Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1910)
Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (b. 1891)
Alan Paton, South African author (b. 1903)
April 15 – Kenneth Williams, British actor and raconteur (b. 1926)
Louise Nevelson, Ukrainian-American sculptor (b. 1900)
Eva Novak, American actress (b. 1898)
April 18 – Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
April 21 – I. A. L. Diamond, American screenwriter (b. 1920)
April 22 – Irene Rich, American actress (b. 1891)
April 23 – Michael Ramsey, British bishop, 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1904)
James McCracken, American tenor (b. 1926)
Valerie Solanas, American author (b. 1936)
April 27 – David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
May 3 – Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
May 5 – George Rose, English actor (b. 1920)
May 8 – Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction author (b. 1907)
Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (b. 1902)
Ciarán Bourke, Irish musician (b. 1935)
May 11 – Kim Philby, British spy (b. 1912)
May 12 – Chet Baker, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1929)
May 14 – Willem Drees, Dutch politician and historian, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958) (b. 1886)
Andrew Duggan, American actor (b. 1923)
Greta Nissen, Norwegian-born actress (b. 1905)
May 16 – Charles Keeping, British illustrator (b. 1924)
May 18 – Daws Butler, voice actor (b. 1916)
Sammy Davis Sr., American dancer (b. 1900)
Dino Grandi, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1895)
May 23 – Aya Kitō, Japanese Writer (b. 1962)
May 25 – Ernst Ruska, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
May 27 – Florida Friebus, American actor (b. 1909)
May 29 – Vladimír Menšík, Czech actor (b. 1929)
May 30 – Ella Raines, American actress (b. 1920)
May 31 – Arthur Olliver, Australian footballer (b. 1916)
June 2 – Raj Kapoor, Indian actor, producer and director (b. 1924)
June 8 – Eli Mintz, American actor (b. 1904)
June 10 – Louis L'Amour, American writer (b. 1908)
June 11 – Giuseppe Saragat, Italian politician and 5th President of Italy (b. 1898)
June 16 – Kim Milford, American actor and singer (b. 1951)
June 18 – Wilford Leach, American theater director (b. 1929)
June 22 – Dennis Day, Irish-American singer and radio and television personality (b. 1916)
June 25 – Hillel Slovak, Israeli-American guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
July 3 – Gabriel Dell, American actor (b. 1919)
July 4 – Adrian Adonis, American wrestler (b. 1954)
July 8 – Ray Barbuti, American athlete (b. 1905)
July 12 – Joshua Logan, American stage and film director (b. 1908)
July 17 – Bruiser Brody, American professional wrestler (b. 1946)
July 18 – Nico, singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress and Warhol socialite (b. 1938)
July 21 – Jack Clark, American television personality and game show host (b. 1921)
Douglas Hickox, English film director (b. 1929)
Judith Barsi, American child actress and murder victim (b. 1978)
July 27 – Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
July 31 – Trinidad Silva, American actor (b. 1950)
August 1 – Florence Eldridge, American actress (b. 1901)
August 2 – Raymond Carver, American short-story writer and poet (b. 1938)
Colin Higgins, American film director (b. 1941)
Ralph Meeker, American actor (b. 1920)
Félix Leclerc, French-Canadian poet and singer (b. 1914)
Alan Napier, English actor (b. 1903)
Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
Arnulfo Arias, 3-Time President of Panama (b. 1901)
Adela Rogers St. Johns, American journalist and screenwriter (b. 1893)
August 11 – Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)
August 12 – Jean-Michel Basquiat, American musician/graffiti painter (b. 1960)
Robert Calvert, American writer, poet, and musician (b. 1944)
Enzo Ferrari, Italian car maker (b. 1898)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1914)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)
August 21 – Ray Eames, American artist, designer, and filmmaker (b. 1912)
August 24 – Leonard Frey, American actor (b. 1938)
William Sargant, British psychiatrist (b. 1907)
Kerry Lloyd, American role-playing game designer (b. 1941)
Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
Hazel Dawn, American actress (b. 1891)
Max Shulman, American comedic writer (b. 1919)
August 29 – David A. Hargrave, American role-playing game designer (b. 1946)
September 1 – Luis Walter Alvarez, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
September 5 – Gert Fröbe, German actor (b. 1913)
September 6 – Harold Rosson, American cinematographer (b. 1895)
September 11 – John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
September 12 – Roger Hargreaves, English author (b. 1935)
September 16 – Dick Pym, English footballer (b. 1893)
Mohammad-Hossein Shahriar, Iranian Azari poet (b. 1906)
Alan Watt, Australian public servant (b. 1901)
September 20 – Roy Kinnear, British actor (b. 1934)
Glenn Robert Davis American politician (b. 1914)
Henry Koster, German-born film director (b. 1905)
Charles Addams, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
Ethel Grandin, American actress (b. 1894)
September 30 – Trường Chinh, former President of Vietnam (b. 1907)
Lucien Ballard, American cinematographer (b. 1908)
Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
Pavle Vuisić, Yugoslav actor (b. 1926)
October 2 – Alec Issigonis, Greek-British engineer (b. 1906)
October 3 – Franz Josef Strauss, German politician (b. 1915)
October 7 – Billy Daniels, American singer (b. 1915)
Jackie Milburn, English footballer (b. 1924)
Felix Wankel, German mechanical engineer (b. 1902)
Wayland Flowers, American puppeteer (b. 1939)
Bonita Granville, American actress (b. 1923)
Ken Murray, American actor (b. 1903)
Ruth Manning-Sanders, British children's author (b. 1895)
October 13 – Melvin Frank, American screenwriter and director (b. 1913)
October 15 – Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, English composer, music critic, pianist, and writer (b. 1892)
October 18 – Frederick Ashton, English dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
October 19 – Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
October 22 – Henry Armstrong, American boxer (b. 1912)
October 23 – Asashio Tarō III, Sumo wrestler (b. 1929)
October 27 – Charles Hawtrey, English actor (b. 1914)
October 31 – John Houseman, Romanian-American actor and producer (b. 1902)
November 1 – George J. Folsey, American cinematographer (b. 1898)
Bill Hoest, American cartoonist (b. 1926)
Sy Mah, Canadian marathoner (b. 1926)
David Bauer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
Clarke Hinkle, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1909)
John N. Mitchell, American lawyer, 67th United States Attorney General (b. 1913)
Rosemary Timperley, British author (b. 1920)
November 11 – William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (b. 1900)
Vet Boswell, American singer (b. 1911)
Lyman Lemnitzer, American Army General (b. 1899)
November 13 – Antal Doráti, Hungarian conductor (b. 1906)
November 14 – Takeo Miki, Japanese politician, 41st Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1909)
November 15 – Mona Washbourne, British actress (b. 1903)
November 17 – Sheilah Graham, English-born gossip columnist (b. 1904)
November 19 – Christina Onassis, American shipping magnate (b. 1950)
November 21 – Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (New York Giants) and member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1903)
Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (b. 1902)
Raymond Dart, Australian anatomist and anthropologist (b. 1893)
November 27 – John Carradine, American actor (b. 1906)
November 29 – Donald Keyhoe, American ufologist (b. 1897)
December 2 – Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra) (b. 1922)
December 4 – Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
Roy Orbison, American singer (b. 1936)
Timothy Patrick Murphy, American actor (b. 1959)
December 10 – Richard S. Castellano, American actor (b. 1933)
Dorothy de Rothschild, English philanthropist and activist (b. 1895)
December 13 – Roy Urquhart, British general (b. 1901)
December 16 – Sylvester James, American R&B singer, disco performer (b. 1948)
December 17 – Jerry Hopper, American film and television director (b. 1907)
December 20 – Max Robinson, American broadcast journalist, and ABC News World News Tonight co-anchor (b. 1939)
Bob Steele, American actor (b. 1907)
Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ornithologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1907)
December 22 – Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, Brazilian environmental activist (murdered) (b. 1944)
December 23 – Carlo Scorza, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1897)
John Loder, English actor (b. 1898)
Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
Pablo Sorozábal, Basque-Spanish composer (b. 1897)
Hal Ashby, American film director (b. 1929)
Jess Oppenheimer, American radio and television producer (b. 1913)
December 30 – Isamu Noguchi, Japanese-American artist (b. 1904)
Physics – Leon M. Lederman, Melvin Schwartz, Jack Steinberger
Chemistry – Johann Deisenhofer, Robert Huber, Hartmut Michel
Medicine – Sir James W. Black, Gertrude B. Elion, George H. Hitchings
Literature – Naguib Mahfouz
Peace – The United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces.
The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Maurice Allais
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims / Inge Kemp Genefke M.D.
John F. Charlewood Turner
Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Mohamed Idris, Harrison Ngau Laing, the Penan people.
1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1988th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 988th year of the 2nd millennium, the 88th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1980s decade.
In the 20th century, the year 1988 has the most Roman numeral digits (11).
1988 was a crucial year in the early history of the Internet—it was the year of the first well-known computer virus, the 1988 Internet worm. The first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the United States (NSFNET) and Europe (Nordunet) as well as the first Internet-based chat protocol, Internet Relay Chat. The concept of the World Wide Web was first discussed at CERN in 1988.
The Soviet Union began its major restructuring towards a mixed economy at the beginning of 1988 and began its gradual collapse. The Iron Curtain began to disintegrate in 1988 as Hungary began allowing freer travel to the West. The first extrasolar planet, Gamma Cephei Ab (confirmed in 2002) was detected this year and the World Health Organization began its mission to eradicate polio.