IT WAS the year that the film The Last Emperor, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, won nine Oscars.
And in 1988, former pop singer Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
In Israel, Ivan Demjanjuk was sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.
He was accused by survivors of being the notorious guard at the Treblinka extermination camp known as ‘Ivan the Terrible’.
The conviction was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.
The World Expo ‘88 opened in Brisbane Queensland, Australia.
And Celine Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Don’t Leave Without Me).