January 3, 1988

January 3, 1988, was a Sunday. It was 36 years, 3 months, and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.


Born on January 3, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 3, 1988:

  • United States: "Faith" by George Michael
  • United Kingdom: "Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 3, 1988

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Faith - George Michael
  • So Emotional - Whitney Houston
  • Is This Love - Whitesnake
  • Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
  • Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
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Three Men and a Baby

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Three Men and a Baby" was at the top of the box office on January 3, 1988.


This date occurred 13,257 days ago. Approximately 442 months have passed. It was the 3rd day of 1988, in week 53. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on January 3, 1988, are now 36 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1988 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 147 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to January 3, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is January 3, 1988, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays. In America, the song "Faith" by George Michael is at the top of the singles charts, while "Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Three Men and a Baby is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Facts of Life", "Magnum, P.I.", "The Golden Girls", and "Married... with Children". In fashion, women are wearing sweater dresses, short skirts, small shoulder pads, animal print, long full wool coats, and bulky sweaters. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, sweatshirts, Nike Air Jordan shoes, and denim.

It's 1988, so the airwaves are being dominated by music artists such as Phil Collins, Bobby McFerrin, the Pet Shop Boys, Belinda Carlisle and Rick Astley. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Heather O'Rourke, Andy Gibb, Judith Barsi, and Anne Ramsey would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Duck Hunt", "Paperboy", "Maniac Mansion ", and "Final Fantasy".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Snorks", "The Care Bears", and "Adventures of the Little Koala". Children are playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Speak & Spell, My Little Pony (figures), and Turnin' Turbo Dashboard.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 3, 1988.

  • 1988 in music.

    1988 in music

    Popular music artists in 1988 included George Michael, INXS, George Harrison, Rick Astley, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Breathe.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1988?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1988?

    The best NBA players in 1988 were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.
  • 1988 in movies.

    1988 in movies

    Movies released in 1988 included Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming to America, Big, Twins, Crocodile Dundee II, Die Hard, Beetlejuice, The Land Before Time and Bloodsport.
  • Best soccer players in the world.

    Best soccer players in the world

    In 1988, the best soccer players were Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Diego Maradona, Frank Rijkaard, Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, Ronald Koeman, Lothar Matthäus, Gianluca Vialli, Franco Baresi, Jürgen Klinsmann and Oleksandr Zavarov.
  • Rain Man.

    Rain Man

    "Rain Man" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
  • The Endangered Earth.

    The Endangered Earth

    "The Endangered Earth" was named Time Person of the Year in 1988. The piece highlighted humanity's carelessness towards nature, pollution, and the depletion of the ozone layer.
  • Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

    Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

    The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin won a Grammy for 1988's Song of the Year.
  • The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable.

    The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable

    A new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" became fashionable in the late 1980s.
  • Late 1980s fashion.

    Late 1980s fashion

    The mini skirt became extremely popular. Shoulder pads became increasingly smaller. Popular clothing included reversible inside-out coats, bright-colored shoes with thin heels, berets, lacy gloves, rugby sweatshirts, sweater dresses, jumpsuits, capri leggings, bike shorts, and skirts worn with leggings. Colors included neon hues, plum, gold, and bright wines.
  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds

    Waterbeds became a huge fad during the late 1980s. Although they were invented in the 1970s, they didn't reach their heyday until the 1980s. In 1986 and 1987, nearly a quarter of all beds sold were filled with water.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System

    During the second half of the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System became one of the most popular video game consoles in the world. Releases for the NES included Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • Iran-Iraq War.

    Iran-Iraq War

    Between September 1980 and August 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 3, 1988.

  • December 4, 1987: Pop star Madonna files for divorce from actor Sean Penn after two years of marriage.
  • December 8, 1987: US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announce that will be reducing the size of their nuclear arsenals.
  • December 9, 1987: Palestine: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • December 11, 1987: The American drama film "Wall Street" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 16, 1987:
    • Soccer: Steve Bruce signs for Manchester United.
    • Pop star Madonna reverses her decision to divorce actor Sean Penn by withdrawing her divorce papers.
  • December 18, 1987: Final Fantasy is released on the NES.
  • December 20, 1987: 4,000 people are killed when the ferry "Doña Paz" sinks in the Philippines.
  • December 23, 1987: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) is released.
  • December 29, 1987: Kylie Minogue releases the single "I Should Be So Lucky".
  • This date: January 3, 1988
  • January 5, 1988: Former NBA player Pete Maravich dies from an undetected heart defect at the age of 40.
  • January 10, 1988: NFL legend Walter Payton plays his final game.
  • January 16, 1988: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders 14-year-old James Edward Doxtator.
  • January 17, 1988:
    • The first episode of Australian soap opera Home and Away is aired.
    • "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • January 31, 1988:
    • The first episode of "The Wonder Years" is aired.
    • Super Bowl XXII: The Washington Redskins defeat the Denver Broncos by 42-10 at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
  • February 1, 1988:
    • American child actress Heather O'Rourke dies from medical complications at the age of 12.
    • Michael Jackson publishes his autobiography "Moonwalk".
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 3, 1988, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 3, 1988 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1988

Television shows that people were watching in January 1988:

TV shows from January 1988.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
My Two Dads
My Two Dads
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote

Cars in 1988

1988 saw the introduction of cars such as the Buick Reatta, the Ford Probe, the Opel Vectra, the Honda Concerto, the Audi V8, and the Volkswagen Passat B3.

Cars in 1988.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1988

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Full House
Full House

Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters

Toys in 1988

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Fluppy Dogs
Fluppy Dogs
Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in January 1988.

Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
Metroid 1987
Punch-Out!! 1987
Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Contra 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Paperboy 1986

Were you born on January 3, 1988?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1988.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 3, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 3.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

Author Deceased
Born on January 3, 1892
He was not alive on this date.

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Actor Deceased
Born on January 3, 1930
He turned 58 on this day in 1988.

Jim Ross

Jim Ross

WWE commentator
Born on January 3, 1952
He turned 36 on this day in 1988.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Born on January 3, 1956
He turned 32 on this day in 1988.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Formula One driver
Born on January 3, 1969
He turned 19 on this day in 1988.



South Korean singer
Born on January 3, 1995
She was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh

Born on January 3, 1996
She was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Environmental activist
Born on January 3, 2003
She was born exactly 15 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on January 3, 1988.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 3, 1988 was most likely conceived around April 12, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 3, 1988 is close to September 25, 1988.

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Stats for January 3, 1988


Here are some interesting statistics about January 3, 1988:

  • 13,257 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,893 weeks have passed.
  • 1,145,401,200 seconds have passed since January 3, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,336,301,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 591,027,019,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 190,900,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 98,504,503 steps. That's roughly 43,780 miles.
  • 13,744,814 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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