1988 was a year:
- 13–28 February – The Olympic Winter Games are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- 25 June: The Netherlands wins the UEFA European Championship by defeating the Soviet Union, 2–0, in the final game at the Munich Olympic Stadium in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany.
- August – Publication of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic series begins.
- 17 September–2 October – The Olympic Winter Games are held in Seoul, South Korea.
- 18 September – Ingvar Carlsson remains Prime Minister of Sweden following a victory for the Social Democrats when the 1988 Swedish parliamentary election is held.
- 8 November – George Bush is elected President of the USA.
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