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First transatlantic fibre optic cable laid able to carry 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously

Stephen Hawking Publishes " A Brief History Of Time "

The first major computer virus infects computers connected to the Internet.

In 1988:

Inventions in 1988

40th President: Ronald Reagan
January 20th 1981 - January 20th 1989

1988 Audi-TT

Photo: IFCAR

The average house cost $112,500
Equivalent today: $208,076

The average car cost $10,400
Equivalent today: $19,235

The average wage was $19,334
Equivalent today: $35,759

1988 Cambridge Z88

An A4-size, lightweight, portable Z80-based computer with a built-in combined word processing/spreadsheet
/database application

1988 A Brief
History of

A Brief History of
Time is a popular
science book
written by
Stephen Hawking. It became a best-seller and has sold more than 9 million copies.

Photo: Bill Bertram

Photo: Bantam Books