February 16, 1988

February 16, 1988, was a Tuesday. It was 36 years, 4 months, and 7 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 16, 1988:

  • United States: "Could've Been" by Tiffany
  • United Kingdom: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 16, 1988

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Could've Been - Tiffany
  • Seasons Change - Expose
  • I Want To Be Your Man - Roger
  • Hungry Eyes (From "Dirty Dancing") - Eric Carmen
  • What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
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Three Men and a Baby

Top movie

The movie "Three Men and a Baby" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 13,278 days ago. Approximately 443 months have passed. It was the 47th day of 1988, in week 07. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 36 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1988 had 366 days because it was a leap year. We have gone through approximately 148 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to February 16, 1988

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, February 16, 1988. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Valentine's Day of 1988 has just passed.

In America, the song "Could've Been" by Tiffany is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany 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.

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 Andy Gibb, Judith Barsi, Anne Ramsey, and Roy Orbison would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Dynasty", "Kate & Allie", "Matlock", and "Full House". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Metroid", "Maniac Mansion ", and "Mega Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Smurfs", "DuckTales", and "The Wonder Years".

Popular toys at the moment include Water Ring Toss, My Little Pony (figures), the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 16, 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on February 16, 1988.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to February 16, 1988.

  • 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".
  • February 5, 1988: Soccer: English clubs are banned from European football for the fourth season in a row.
  • February 7, 1988: Boxer Mike Tyson and and actress Robin Givens are married.
  • February 9, 1988: Two people are killed when a violent storm hits Ireland.
  • This date: February 16, 1988
  • February 26, 1988: The movie Hairspray (1988) is released.
  • March 8, 1988: Super Tuesday: US presidential candidate George H. W. Bush defeats Bob Dole in a number of Republican primaries.
  • March 10, 1988: English singer Andy Gibb dies from myocarditis at the age of 30 following years of drug abuse.
  • March 13, 1988: Adult film actor John C. Holmes passes away due to AIDS.
  • March 15, 1988: Russian Major General Dmitri Polyakov is executed for spying for the United States.
  • March 16, 1988:
    • Iran-Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
    • The Milltown Cemetery attack occurs when loyalist paramilitary Michael Stone launches a gun and grenade attack on mourners at an IRA funeral.
    • 5,000 people are killed after Saddam Hussein orders Iraqi forces to bomb the Kurdish town of Halabja with nerve agents and poison gas.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 16, 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 16, 1988 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on February 16, 1988

TV audiences were watching the following shows on February 16, 1988:

TV shows from February 1988.

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
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

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 February 16, 1988

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

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
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
Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Popular toys and games in 1988

Toys and games that were popular in 1988:

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 February 1988.

Metal Gear 1988
Metal Gear
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
Paperboy 1986

Were you born on February 16, 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 February 16, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on February 16.

Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono

Singer Deceased
Born on February 16, 1935
He turned 53 on this day in 1988.

Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il

North Korean leader Deceased
Born on February 16, 1941
He turned 47 on this day in 1988.

Margaux Hemingway

Margaux Hemingway

Fashion model Deceased
Born on February 16, 1954
She turned 34 on this day in 1988.



Rapper / Actor
Born on February 16, 1958
He turned 30 on this day in 1988.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Born on February 16, 1990
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on February 16, 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 February 16, 1988 was most likely conceived around May 26, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 16, 1988 is close to November 8, 1988.

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Stats for February 16, 1988


Here are some interesting statistics about February 16, 1988:

  • 13,278 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,896 weeks have passed.
  • 1,147,215,600 seconds have passed since February 16, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,338,418,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 591,963,249,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 191,202,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 98,660,542 steps. That's roughly 43,849 miles.
  • 13,766,587 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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