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January 30th, 1988.

January 30th, 1988, was a Saturday. It was day 30 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

33 years, 8 months and 22 days have passed since January 30th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 30th, 1988.

  • United States: The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
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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 30th, 1988.

Take me back to January 30th, 1988!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 30th, 1988 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their 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 "Columbo", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Knots Landing" and "Who's the Boss?". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Contra", "Mega Man" and "Metal Gear".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Danger Mouse", "Heathcliff", "Pingu" and "Adventures of the Little Koala". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Pound Puppies, Pogo ball / Lolo ball and Jenga.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 30th, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 33 years, 8 months and 22 days have passed since January 30th, 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: Anyone born on January 30th, 1988, will be 33 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1988 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 570499200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 30th, 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 30th, 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.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 30th, 1988, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 30th, 1988 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from January, 1988.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Animated series about a team of four teenage turtles.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
  • Full House - Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
  • My Two Dads - Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.
  • 21 Jump Street - TV series starring Johnny Depp.
  • Married... with Children - Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
  • ALF - Sitcom about an alien called ALF.
  • MacGyver - TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
  • The Equalizer - About a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
  • The Golden Girls - Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
  • ThunderCats - Animated series based on a group of half-human half-cat aliens.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
  • Murder, She Wrote - Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
  • Miami Vice - Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
  • Who's the Boss? - Sitcom about a retired player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
  • The Cosby Show - American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
  • Punky Brewster - Sitcom series about a young girl being raised by a foster parent.
  • Sherlock Holmes - Starring Jeremy Brett.
  • Kate & Allie - Comedy TV series.

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.

Kid's TV shows on January 30th, 1988.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1988.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fireman Sam
  • Full House
  • DuckTales
  • Adventures of the Little Koala
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Married... with Children
  • ALF
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • The Flintstone Kids
  • Pingu
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Growing Pains
  • The Care Bears
  • ThunderCats
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • Muppet Babies
  • Heathcliff
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

Popular toys and games in 1988.

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

  • The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
  • Popples
  • Laser Tag
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
  • Pogo ball / Lolo ball
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

  • Street Fighter 1987

    Street Fighter
    The first game in the Street Fighter series.

  • Punch-Out!! 1987

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

  • Contra 1987

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

  • 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 check out January 30th, 1994 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 30th.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

US President. Deceased
Born on January 30th, 1882
He was not alive on this date.

Gene Hackman

Actor.
Born on January 30th, 1930
He turned 58 on this day in 1988.

Dick Cheney

American politician.
Born on January 30th, 1941
He turned 47 on this day in 1988.

Christian Bale

Actor.
Born on January 30th, 1974
He turned 14 on this day in 1988.

Becky Lynch

Wrestler.
Born on January 30th, 1987
She turned 1 on this day in 1988.

Weather on January 30th, 1988.

Historical weather information for January 30th, 1988.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 5.9 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 46.6 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.11 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 4.61 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on January 30th, 1988.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 30th, 1988.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 30th, 1988 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of April, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 30th, 1988 is close to the 8th of November, 1988.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 30th, 1988.

  • A total of 12,319 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,759 weeks have passed.
  • 1,064,358,000 seconds have passed since the January 30th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,241,751,000 times.
  • Since January 30th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 549,208,728,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 177,393,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 91,534,788 steps. That's about 40,682 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,772,296 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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