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1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday.
- February 13 - Kharabakh Armenians demonstrating in favor for unification with Armenia
- February 20 - the Soviet of People's Deputies in Karabakh voted 110 to 17 to request the transfer of the region to Armenia
- February 26 - Sumgait massacre begins
- December 7 - In Armenia an earthquake 6.9 on the Richter scale killed nearly 25,000, injured 15,000 and left 400,000 persons homeless.
Daron Keskinian, Anto Ohanessian, Carolyn Jakujyan, Peter Adourian, Robert Goudie