March 22, 1988

March 22, 1988, was a Tuesday. It was 36 years, 1 month, and 26 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on March 22, 1988:

  • Soccer: John Hollins resigns as the manager of Chelsea.

Born on March 22, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on March 22, 1988:

  • United States: "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
  • United Kingdom: "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue

The Billboard Hot 100 on March 22, 1988

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
  • I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle
  • Father Figure - George Michael
  • Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
  • Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
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Police Academy 5

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Police Academy 5".


This date was 13,206 days ago. Approximately 440 months have passed. It was the 82nd day of 1988, in week 12. 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. 147 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to March 22, 1988

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, March 22, 1988. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aries. Spring has arrived, and the days are starting to get longer.

In America, the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Police Academy 5 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 Judith Barsi, Anne Ramsey, Roy Orbison, and Sugar Ray Robinson would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "Miami Vice", "My Two Dads", and "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tetris", "Paperboy", "Punch-Out!!", and "Top Gun". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Snorks", "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Jem and the Holograms", and "Full House".

Popular toys at the moment include Dungeons & Dragons, Turnin' Turbo Dashboard, Pound Puppies, and Fluppy Dogs.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on March 22, 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 March 22, 1988.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to March 22, 1988.

  • February 26, 1988: The movie Hairspray (1988) is released.
  • March 8, 1988: Super Tuesday: U.S. 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.
  • March 19, 1988: Corporals killings: Two British Army corporals are abducted and shot dead by Irish republicans.
  • March 20, 1988: Soccer: Everton bring an end to Liverpool's unbeaten season with a 1-0 win.
  • This date: March 22, 1988
  • March 24, 1988: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders 22-year-old Richard Guerrero.
  • March 25, 1988: Thousands of people demonstrate against the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
  • March 26, 1988: Soccer: Alan Shearer makes his professional debut.
  • March 27, 1988: WrestleMania IV: "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeats "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase at the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • March 29, 1988: South African anti-apartheid political activist Dulcie September is assassinated in Paris.
  • March 30, 1988: Beetlejuice (1988) is released in movie theaters.
  • March 31, 1988: Former Australian Prime Minister William McMahon passes away at the age of 80.
  • April 4, 1988: Impeachment: Arizona Governor Evan Mecham is removed from office after being convicted of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds.
  • April 5, 1988: Tracy Chapman releases her self-titled album "Tracy Chapman".
  • April 6, 1988: The song "Fast Car" is released by singer Tracy Chapman.
  • April 12, 1988: Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 22, 1988, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 33.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 22, 1988 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1988

People in March 1988 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from March 1988.

In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
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

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 March 22, 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

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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 March 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
Paperboy 1986
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

Were you born on March 22, 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 March 22, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 22.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Born on March 22, 1931
He turned 57 on this day in 1988.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Born on March 22, 1976
She turned 12 on this day in 1988.

John Otto

John Otto

Limp Bizkit
Born on March 22, 1977
He turned 11 on this day in 1988.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on March 22, 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 March 22, 1988 was most likely conceived around June 30, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 22, 1988 is close to December 13, 1988.

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Stats for March 22, 1988


Here are some interesting statistics about March 22, 1988:

  • 13,206 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,886 weeks have passed.
  • 1,140,994,800 seconds have passed since March 22, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,331,160,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 588,753,316,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 190,165,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 98,125,553 steps. That's roughly 43,611 miles.
  • 13,691,938 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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