Events concerning the Grand Theft Auto series in 1988.
- Chesti-Kov's sentence for stealing two hundred million oil barrels from Siberian oil fields ends.
- An earthquake in San Fierro causes severe damage to the city, especially in the Doherty area.
- A pollution leak occurs in Liberty City, presumably with some harmful effects as a government body report stated: "This spill is nowhere near as serious as the pollution leak of 1988, so I don’t know why people are complaining".
- Madd Dogg performed at the Los Santos Forum.
- Franklin Clinton is born in South Los Santos.
- Chastity Quinn is born in Alderney City.
- Phil Bell is arrested for promoting gambling, aged 21.
- Anna Faustin is born in Russia.
- Tyrone Hancock is arrested for possession of controlled substance: crack cocaine, aged 26.
- Lester Arnold is arrested for possession of methamphetamine, aged 26.
- Jimmy Pegorino is arrested for manslaughter, aged 31.
- Joseph Johnson is arrested for resisting arrest, aged 15.
- Michael Townley commits his first bank robbery on the outskirts of Carcer City. He was later arrested twice in the same year.
- Mario Venturella is born in Algonquin.
- Radio Los Santos was founded in Chamberlain Hills, Los Santos.
- Facade was founded.
- The Los Santos Panic Basketball Team became champions.