The world was a different place the last time Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar. The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union still existed. Bangkok, the city Suu Kyi visits this week, now has towering skyscrapers, a subway and elevated rail system and slightly milder traffic jams.
Elsewhere in 1988:
— Panama leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega was indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges.
— Prozac was introduced to the U.S. market and quickly became a leading treatment for depression.
— Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics and was later disqualified for taking a steroid.
— The Oscar for best picture went to "The Last Emperor," directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
— George Michael's song "Faith" was the No. 1 song on Billboard's year-end chart.
— President Ronald Reagan was ending a second term and George H.W. Bush was elected to the White House.
— The Iran-Iraq War — also known as the First Persian Gulf War — ended after eight years.
— The first trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable was laid with capacity to carry 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously.
— A Libyan terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland.