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Overview from the year 1988

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 UK News

The average weekly wage is 251.46 (Annual wage 13,076)
The average UK house costs 49,355
The standard rate of income tax is reduced to 25%, and all higher rates consolidated at 40%
A Pan Am Boeing 747 explodes and crashes in Lockerbie, killing all on board and 11 on the ground
Margaret Thatcher becomes the 20th Century's longest serving Prime Minister
Edwina Currie resigns as Secretary of State for Health, after egg sales crack due to her allegations of widespread salmonella infection in British produced eggs
Paddy Ashdown becomes leader of the Liberal/ SDP alliance
Nurses and other health workers stage a one day pay strike - and there are also strikes by ferry operatives and in postal sorting offices
167 are killed after an explosion on the Alpha Piper oil platform - Red Adair is called in to stop the fire that lasts for several days
34 die in a train crash at Clapham Junction
The Government bans the broadcasting of interviews with terrorist organisations, including the IRA
2 British troops are ambushed and murdered as a funeral takes place in Belfast
Stephen Hawking publishes A Brief History Of Time
Church of England votes for the ordination of women
Prince Charles survives an avalanche on holiday in Klosters, and lambastes the state of modern architecture
A change in the Licensing laws mean that pubs can stay open from 11 am to 11pm from Monday to Saturday!

 World News

In Gibraltar three suspected IRA terrorists, two men one woman, are shot dead by the British SAS
Australia celebrates the bicentennial of the arrival of European settlers - and dismiss UK attempts to prevent the publication of Peter Wright's Spycatcher
Torrential rain in Brazil kills 275 and leaves 25,000 homeless, as are 1 million people after flooding in Sudan, and 25 million in Bangladesh
An estimated 100,000 are killed and half a million left homeless after an earthquake in Armenia
Hurricane Gilbert leaves thousands homeless in Jamaica
Financial Corporation of America become the largest US bankruptcy with losses of over $33 billion
Russian troops start their withdrawal from Afghanistan
US destroyer Vincennes shoots down a jet in the Gulf - to discover it is an Iranian civil flight on which all 300 are killed
Nelson Mandela celebrates his 70th birthday in prison
George Bush wins US presidential elections
Boris Yeltsin is sacked by President Gorbachev
Wildlife officials free two Californian Grey whales who are trapped as ice formed in frozen seas around Alaska


The Museum of the Moving Image is opened near Waterloo Bridge in London
The biggest grossing film this year are Who Framed Roger Rabbit (US) where Bob Hoskins stars alongside Mr & Mrs Rabbit and A Fish Called Wanda (GB) where in one of the most violent scenes ever Michael Palin has chips inserted into his nasal cavities
Bruce Willis hits the big screen big time in his second film - Die Hard - and talking of Hard - Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg show their macho instincts - in Three Men And a Baby

Oscar Winners this year (for last year's films) are as follows :
Best Film : The Last Emperor
Best Director : Bernado Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)
Best Actor : Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
Best Actress: Cher (Moonstruck)
Best Supporting Actor : Sean Connery (The Untouchables)
Best Supporting Actress : Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck)

To view a list of films from this year click here.


New releases this year are thin on the ground -
We are told that one of the skills needed to be a fireman is to have a nickname as we watch Blue Watch in London's Burning.
Der management Hale & Pace take charge as does Peter Sissons in Question Time
We are introduced to Smegheads and Holograms in the first series of Red Dwarf
And Bruce Forsyth's hold on prime time Saturday TV is maintained with You Bet!

To view a list of TV programmes from this year click here.


The second Aids Day concert at Wembley Arena is cancelled due to lack of support by bands, Amnesty International's Festival of Youth lost money
But Nelson Mandela's Birthday Party at Wembley in June was watched by billions around the World - six hours later in the US so they could remove many anti-apartheid comments by artists on stage
Status Quo apologise for playing at Sun City in 1987
Michael Jackson plays seven consecutive nights at Wembley stadium, in front of a total 500,000 people
OTT concerts of the year are Pink Floyd at Wembley Stadium, including flying pigs and Jean Michel Jarre in Docklands complete with lasers, searchlights and fireworks
At the Monsters of Rock concert at Castle Donnington 2 fans die and many are injured
Riots break out at a festival in Athens - as the crowd destroyed equipment and vehicles, the planned 3 day event was stopped after the first day
James Brown is charged with attempting to murder his wife Adrienne -charges later dropped, then with drugs possession and speeding - ends up being jailed for 6 years
Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack
It is revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood did not play on Relax and Two Tribes!

Best British Male Solo Artist: George Michael
Best British Female Solo Artist: Alison Moyet
Best British Group: Pet Shop Boys
Best British Album: Sting - "Nothing Like The Sun"
Best British Newcomer: Wet Wet Wet
Best International Solo Artist: Michael Jackson
Best International Group: U2
Best International Newcomer: Terence Trent D'Arby
Best Soundtrack: Phantom Of The Opera
Best British Video: Best Music Video: New Order - "True Faith"
Best British Single: Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up"
Outstanding Contribution: The Who
Best British Producer: Stock/Aitkin/Waterman
Best British Classical Recording: Vaughan Williams - "Symphony No 5"


Having appeared at Nelson Mandela's Birthday Party at Wembley, Tracy Chapman tops the album charts with an album of the same name
Johnny Hates Jazz get to number one with their only charting album Turn Back The Clock
Other Number Ones include Prince (Lovesexy ), Morrissey (Viva Hate ), Roy Orbison (The Legendary Roy Orbison ), Iron Maiden (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son ), Kylie Minogue (Kylie - The Album ), Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (Anything For You ), Bon Jovi (New Jersey ), Erasure (The Innocents ), Dire Straits (Money For Nothing ), Chris De Burgh (Flying Colours ), U2 (Rattle And Hum)

To view a list of albums from this year click here.


Two Beatles songs top the singles charts - She's Leaving Home by Billy Bragg with Cara Tivey and With A Little Help From My Friends by Wet Wet Wet, both charity records - and Tiffany also charts with I Saw (Him) Standing There whilst getting to number one herself with I Think We're Alone Now
Other number ones this year include Don't Turn Around (Aswad) , I Owe You Nothing (Bros) , Orinoco Flow (Enya) , Perfect (Fairground Attraction) , Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You (Glenn Medeiros) , Especially For You (Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan) , I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue) , Heart (Pet Shop Boys) , A Groovy Kind Of Love (Phil Collins) , First Time (Robin Beck) , Theme From S'Express (S Express) , Doctorin' The Tardis (Timelords) , Desire (U2) , One Moment In Time (Whitney Houston) , The Only Way Is Up (Yazz & The Plastic Population)

To view a list of singles from this year click here.


Dave Beasant created two records for an FA Cup Final, being the first goalkeeper to captain his side, and also the first to save a penalty.
At 17 years 240 days old, Alan Shearer becomes the youngest player to score a first division hatrick as Southampton beat Arsenal 4-2
The league play offs are used to settle relegation issues for the last time - primarily due to violence following the game between Chelsea and Middlesbrough which saw the home team relegated
Glasgow Celtic win the Scottish Double
Holland beat USSR to become European Champions - England lose all 3 group games
Sandy Lyle wins the US Masters Golf Champion - the first Briton ever to do so
West Indies win 4 out of the 5 Summer tests against England - the other is drawn

To view a list of sporting winners from this year click here.


Great Britain wins 5 Gold medals at the Seoul Olympics - Men's Hockey (Sean Curly et al) Rowing Coxless Pairs (Steve Redgrave, Andrew Holmes), Star Sailing (Michael Mcintyre, P Bryn Vaile), Small Bore Rifle (Malcolm Cooper) and 100 Metre Breaststroke (Adrian Moorhouse)
Ben Johnson smashes World and Olympic records to win 1000 meters gold, then is disqualified after failing a drugs test
Lennox Lewis wins Super Heavyweight Boxing Title - for Canada

To view a list of Olympic Medallists from this year click here.


To see a list of celebrities who were 21 this year click here.

 The World Says Goodbye

The World says goodbye to Roy Orbison, Roy Kinnear, Kenneth Williams, Jimmy "Whack-O" Edwards, Andy Gibb, Divine, Trevor Howard, John Houseman, Percy Thrower, Andrew Cruickshank (Dr Cameron) Margot Bryant (Mini Caldwell), Russell Harty, Sir Alec Issigonis (inventor of the Mini car), Christina Onassis, Kim Philby,




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