The illegal activities were exposed and several top Reagan administration officials were implicated in the scandal.Secord and Hakim decided to plead guilty and received probation, while Poindexter and North were convicted and sentenced but eventually had their convictions overturned during the appeals process. Benazir Bhutto is chosen as Pakistan’s Prime Minister in December of 1988 becoming the first female leader of a Muslim country.
The Soyuz TM-5 was left at the space station for the two remaining cosmonauts who had been on a long-term mission to use to get home.Students planned the uprising and it was centered around the capital of Rangoon (Yangon), with estimates of up to 1 million participants in the capital and more than 100,000 more in other large cities.Protests persisted throughout the month and after a coup took place restoring military power, they enacted martial law and ended the demonstrations with violence.The accords were signed by all four countries on April 14 and led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the settlement of conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan.The USSR became involved in the conflict in 1979 and their troops did not leave until February of 1989. NASA resumed the Space Shuttle program during September of 1988, with the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-26 mission.What happened in 1988 Major News Stories include Students and Buddhist monks protest against military rule in Burma, Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan, Libyan terrorist bomb explodes on Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, A Brief History Of Time Published, Solidarity Supporters strike in Poland, Piper Alpha drilling platform disaster, space shuttle launches resumed after the Challenger tragedy, Clapham Rail Crash, Ben Johnson wins gold medal and is banned for steroid use, 1988 A bomb is exploded on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland on December 21st .
Also Prozac is sold for the first time as an anti-depressant some of the great movies that year included Rain Man, Die Hard and A Fish Called Wanda Construction on the Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge, is completed during July.
Besides the initial purpose of returning to flight, the STS-26 mission also had the purpose of launching a NASA satellite, which it did as planned.
The flight was also the first Space Shuttle mission to have a veteran crew with all members having previously participated in at least one other mission.
The program had been halted after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster for about two and a half years.
The STS-26 mission became known as the “Return to Flight” mission and was an important factor in whether or not and to what capacity the Space Shuttle program would resume if successful.
The Iran-Contra Affair was a scandal that involved the illegal sales of arms to Iran in exchange for U. hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian terrorists.