I have been busy writing up my 1988 diary. It’s not complete as it finishes in April. However there is the odd entry as the year progresses – particularly about football(!) and my first few experiences of University life.
You can select by clicking on the month to get all posts for that month, or simply select a day. But before that, here’s a round-up of ‘other’ 1988 events:
1988 was the year of the first BBC Red Nose Day. At the Winter Olympics in Calgary Team GB could not repeat their success of 1980 and 1984 as they won no medals. Prince Charles narrowly avoided death by avalanche whilst skiing in Switzerland
In a shocking spiral of events, the SAS shot dead 3 unarmed IRA members in Gibraltar. Then, in Milltown Cemetery, Ulster Freedom Fighter, Michael Stone killed six mourners at their funeral. Further violence then ensued at the funeral of these people as 2 British Army Corporals were murdered by a mob after they accidentally drove into the funeral cortege.
In sport, Graeme Hick made English cricket history by scoring 405 runs in a county championship match, GB and NI competed at the Seoul Olympics, and won 5 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals. In the FA Cup final, Wimbledon F.C. famously defeated league champions Liverpool, at Wembley. In Liverpool itself, the Albert Dock was reopened by Prince Charles as a leisure and business centre including the Tate Liverpool.
1988 saw the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster in the North Sea when 167 workers died. Paddy Ashdown was elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats. And, just in time for me to start at University, new licensing laws in England & Wales allowed pubs to stay open for 24 hours. There is no truth in the rumour that Douglas Hurd, then Home Secretary, announced the plans by telling us to ‘drink, drink, drink…’
Ian Paisley famously heckled the Pope as he addressed a session of the European Parliament, calling him the Antichrist, and at last, in a measure designed to recognise that there is no point in trying to close a stable door when it’s months after the horse has bolted, the House of Lords ruled that extracts of the banned book Spycatcher could be published in the media. Edwina Currie closed her own political career by stating that most of Britain’s egg production was infected with the salmonella bacteria.
And in December, 2 disasters. 35 people were killed at the Clapham train crash and Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 270 people died as a result – all 259 onboard plus 11 on the ground.