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1986 1987 1988


  • China's population is 1,093.00 million.
  • The Garbage Project at the University of Arizona, Tucson, begins excavating modern landfills as archaeological sites.
  • Swimming to Cambodia is released.


  • February: Fighting betwen Amal and PLO militias in Beirut.
  • February 12: Darwin Day
  • April: Television evangelist Oral Roberst tells his audience that God had spared his life because he had raised the required $8 million.
  • May 24: First major minority ethnic Serbian protest in Kosovo over real or alleged prosecution by the ethnic Albanian majority.
  • August 6: Membership of the British Social Democratic Party agrees to merge with the British Liberal Party in a vote of 25,897 (57.4%) to 19,228 (42.6%) with a turnout of 45,125 (77.7%).
  • September 17: British Liberal Party annual conference votes 998 to 21 to begin negotiations to merge with the British Social Democratic Party.
  • October: Slobodan Milosevic purges Serbian Communist Party and mnes media of opponents. Stalinist S.O.P.
  • October 6: Fijian military coup leader Maj. Gen. Sitiveni Rabuka formally declares Fiji to be a republic.
  • October 19: the second "Black Monday" was the largest single-day decline in the U.S. stock market. The first "Black Monday" was in 1929.
  • November: Tunisian Prime Minister Gen. Zine el Abidine Ben Ali overthrows president for Life Habib Bourguiba in a "medical coup," with the help of Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. Ben Alio becomes President.
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