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January 29th, 1988.

January 29th, 1988, was a Friday. It was day 29 of 1988. The decade was the Eighties.

34 years, 10 months and 1 days have passed since January 29th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On January 29th, 1988, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle

The record charts on January 29th, 1988.

The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • Need You Tonight - INXS
  • Could've Been - Tiffany
  • Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
  • Hazy Shade Of Winter - The Bangles
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Three Men and a Baby

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Three Men and a Baby".

Take me back to January 29th, 1988!

Let's go back in time!

The date is January 29th, 1988, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

In America, the song The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Three Men and a Baby is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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 Roy Orbison would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "Matlock", "21 Jump Street" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Paperboy", "Metroid" and "Final Fantasy".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Danger Mouse", "Muppet Babies", "21 Jump Street" and "BraveStarr". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Operation, the Commodore 64, Fluppy Dogs and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 29th, 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1988?

    Who were the best football players in 1988?

    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 as the 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.

    In the late 1980s, a new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" started to become fashionable.

  • Late 1980s fashion.

    Late 1980s fashion.

    During this period, 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.

    In the late 1980s, waterbeds reached their height in popularity. 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. 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 the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 34 years, 10 months and 1 days have passed since January 29th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 04 of 1988.
  • Leap Year: 1988 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: A person born on January 29th, 1988 will be 34 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1988 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 570412800.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around January 29th, 1988.

  • January 5th, 1988: Former NBA player Pete Maravich dies from an undetected heart defect at the age of 40.
  • January 10th, 1988: NFL legend Walter Payton plays his final game.
  • January 16th, 1988: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders 14-year-old James Edward Doxtator.
  • January 17th, 1988: The first episode of Australian soap opera Home and Away is aired.
  • This date: January 29th, 1988
  • January 31st, 1988: The first episode of "The Wonder Years" is aired.
  • January 31st, 1988: Super Bowl XXII: The Washington Redskins defeat the Denver Broncos by 42-10 at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
  • February 1st, 1988: American child actress Heather O'Rourke dies from medical complications at the age of 12.
  • February 1st, 1988: Michael Jackson publishes his autobiography "Moonwalk".
  • February 5th, 1988: Soccer: English clubs are banned from European football for the fourth season in a row.
  • February 7th, 1988: Boxer Mike Tyson and and actress Robin Givens are married.
  • February 9th, 1988: Two people are killed when a violent storm hits Ireland.
  • February 26th, 1988: The movie Hairspray (1988) is released.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 29th, 1988, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 29th, 1988 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

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Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1988.

TV shows from January, 1988.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.

Full House
Full House
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.

My Two Dads
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.

Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Matlock
Matlock
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Sitcom about a girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. Starring Charlotte Rae as housemother Edna Garrett.

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

Kids' TV shows on January 29th, 1988.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1988.

The World of David the Gnome
The World of David the Gnome

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Full House
Full House

DuckTales
DuckTales

BraveStarr
BraveStarr

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

ALF
ALF

The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters

The Flintstone Kids
The Flintstone Kids

Pingu
Pingu

Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms

Growing Pains
Growing Pains

The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears

ThunderCats
ThunderCats

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

Snorks
Snorks

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1988.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1988.

The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack

Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball

Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)

Jenga
Jenga

Micro Machines
Micro Machines

Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)

Popples
Popples

Fluppy Dogs
Fluppy Dogs

Laser Tag
Laser Tag

The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System

Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families

Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty

Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)

Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball

Transformers
Transformers

Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies

Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)

The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64

Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in January of 1988.

Metal Gear 1988
Metal Gear
Released on the NES in North America.

Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
The first game in the Final Fantasy series.

Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
A platform game that was developed by Capcom.

Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Graphic adventure game.

Platoon 1987
Platoon
Action game that was based on the film of the same name.

Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Released for the NES.

Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
The first game in the Street Fighter series.

Metroid 1987
Metroid
Action-adventure game that was released for the NES.

Punch-Out!! 1987
Punch-Out!!
"Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" was a boxing game that was published for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Beat-em up game.

Contra 1987
Contra
A run and gun action game that was developed by Konami.

Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 29th, 1994 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 29th.

Tom Selleck

Actor.
Born on January 29th, 1945
He turned 43 on this day in 1988.

Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host.
Born on January 29th, 1954
She turned 34 on this day in 1988.

Gia Carangi

Supermodel. Deceased
Born on January 29th, 1960
She was not alive on this date.

Heather Graham

Actress.
Born on January 29th, 1970
She turned 18 on this day in 1988.

Weather details

Weather on January 29th, 1988.

Historical weather information for January 29th, 1988.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 7.8 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. There were 3 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 18.3 degrees Fahrenheit. -7.61 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0.51cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 6.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 20.07cm.
USA

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on January 29th, 1988.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 29th, 1988 was most likely conceived around May 8th, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 29th, 1988 is close to October 21st, 1988.

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Stats for January 29th, 1988

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 29th, 1988.

  • A total of 12,724 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,817 weeks have passed.
  • 1,099,353,600 seconds have passed since the January 29th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,282,579,200 times.
  • Since January 29th, 1988, the Earth has travelled approximately 567,266,457,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 183,225,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 94,544,410 steps. That's about 42,020 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,192,243 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
  • How many years ago was 1988?

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