Historic Views of The Year 1988

"Notodden Blues Festival", abbreviated NBF in Notodden was first held in 1988. It was then sold approximately 2,000 tickets and the festival had a turnover of approximately 200,000 kroner.
Otherwise the "Seafood Festival" in Mandal also was arranged for the first time this year.

These are some of the happenings in 1988:

  • Crack on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • The United States sent 1300 troops to Panama in order to get General Manuel Noriega to give up the power . He sought refuge in the Vatican embassy. Americans placed giant loudspeakers outside the embassy and put on Guns`n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" with repetitions.
  • 36 people died when a Widerøe aircraft crashed in Torghatten.
  • Norwegian Female Football Team won the unofficial World Cup when they beat Sweden 2-1.
  • American warship shot down an Iranian airliner. 290 died.
  • 167 people died when the British oil platform "Piper Alpha" exploded.
  • A Swedish bus drove in the mountain wall in the Måbødalen. 15 perished.
  • Lillehammer was awarded the 1994 Winter Olympics.
  • Winner of the 100 meters at the Olympics in Seoul, Ben Johnson was caught doping.
  • Gorbachev was elected Soviet president.
  • George Bush was elected US president.
  • After 8 years of war, and altogether one million killed, Iran and Iraq entered ceasefire.
  • Passenger aircraft were blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The 259 on board and 11 of the villagers were killed.

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