Photos: What Else Was Happening When the Dodgers Won the 1988 World Series

The Lakers were still in short-shorts and a former California governor was in the White House.

The Olympics were in Canada and South Korea, and "The Last Emperor" won an Academy Award for Best Picture. "Red Red Wine" by UB40 was on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

And, in October of that same year, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series.

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Swimmer Janet Evans captured three gold medals, Magic Johnson and the Lakers won another NBA title and President Reagan toured Red Square in Moscow, just few of the major events that happened in 1988 -- the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series.
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Tight end Clint Didier is seen here hauling in one of Washington's many touchdowns during Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos at Jack Murphy Stadium on January 31, 1988 in San Diego, California. The Redskins won 42-10. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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Franck Piccard of France talks on his 1980s-era mobile phone after the men's Super G Slalom event at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, seen here in a 1997 bout with Evander Holyfield, married actress Robin Givens. They divorced in 1989.
Nominated by President Ronald Reagan a year earlier, Justice Kennedy joined the Supreme Court in 1988. (Photo taken in 2003)
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In a major change for a ballpark steeped in tradition, Chicago granted the Cubs the right to install lights at historic Wrigley Field.
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The NFL's Cardinals officially move to Phoenix from St. Louis, part of a chain of events that would play out over the ensuing three decades and end with the Rams moving from St. Louis back to Los Angeles for the start of the 2016 season.
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In a memorable matchup between two Big 8 Conference teams, Danny Manning powered Kansas past Oklahoma, 83-79. It marked the last time two schools from the same conference met in a men's hoops final. (Photo taken in 1986).
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Smoking on domestic flights with a duration of two hours or less is banned. The rule extended to all flights by the late-1990s. (Photo taken in 2006)
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Jockey Gary Stevens rode filly Winning Colors to victory at the Kentucky Derby.
Wayne Gretzky, pictured here in 1988 against the Kings, was part of a powerful Oilers team that defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup. More on Gretzky's eventful 1988 later.
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In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with a boy as Mikhail Gorbachev (R) looks on during a tour of Red Square May 31, 1988 in Moscow, Soviet Union. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)
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Magic Johnson, currently a member of the Dodgers' front office, and the Lakers beat the up-and-coming Detroit Pistons in a seven-game finals thriller, fulfilling a prediction of a repeat championship made a year earlier by coach Pat Riley. (Photo taken in 1987)
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Action film "Die Hard," starring actor Bruce Willis, is released in the United States. Photo taken in 2001.
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Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, bringing the biggest name in hockey to Southern California in a move that shocked the NHL and left Edmonton fans in disbelief. Gretzky, pictured here in 1989, was shipped to LA from the Oilers, who received center Jimmy Carson, first-round draft choice Martin Gelinas, first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.
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Edwin Moses was one of the bright stars from the United States who competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Moses is seen here in the 400 meter hurdles.
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In a story of courage and determination that came to define the 1988 Summer Olympics, U.S. diver Greg Louganis struck his head on a diving board in a dive that almost ended his career. Instead, he won Olympic gold in springboard diving a day later, adding to his medal haul.
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Janet Evans, the high school teenager from Southern California, won three individual gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.
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Canada's Ben Johnson appeared to have clinched the men's 100m dash over U.S. rival Carl Lewis, but he was later stripped of the medal after a failed drug test.
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The iconic Florence Griffith-Joyner prepares for a race during the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. With a mix of style and speed, Flo Jo took home three gold medals and one silver.
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NASA resumes Space Shuttle flights post-Challenger disaster with the launch of Discovery. This photo of Discovery was taken in 1999.
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Steffi Graf was just 18 when she started her unprecedented run of tournament wins. Not only did the German superstar win the calendar-year Grand Slam, she became the only player to win an Olympic medal in the same year, accomplishing a Golden Slam. Here, Graf (left) is pictured with Martina Navratilova in July 1988 at Wimbledon.
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Pitcher and World Series MVP Orel Hershiser and manager Tommy Lasorda hold up the World Series trophy in front of a crowd in downtown Los Angeles. LA defeated Oakland, 4-1.
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Then-Vice President George H.W. Bush defeated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election. Bush is pictured here in October 2002.
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Pitcher Orel Hersheiser wins the NL Cy Young Award.
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McLaren Honda driver Ayrton Senna, one of the sport's greatest drivers, won the 1988 Formula 1 driver's championship. Senna would go on to win two more titles before he was killed in a 1994 crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.
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Kirk Gibson is named the National League MPV.
The first B-2 Spirit stealth bomber prototype is revealed in Palmdale (Undated photo).
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"Rainman," starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, premieres in New York.
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Pan Am Flight 103 is bombed in a mid-air terror attack that killed 259 people onboard and 11 victims on the ground. Pictured, a wreath remembering the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 is placed by the memorial at Arlington National Cemetery as family members gather December 21, 2005.
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The year ended with one of the most bizarre games in NFL history. This was the view from ground level when the Philadelphia Eagles played the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 20-12, in a dense fog that shrouded the field from view.
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