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April 26, 1988

April 26, 1988, was a Tuesday. It was 35 years, 10 months, and 5 days ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on April 26, 1988:

  • The chief investigator of the Chernobyl disaster, Valery Legasov, commits suicide at his apartment.
Birthdays

Born on April 26, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On April 26, 1988, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston
  • United Kingdom: "Heart" by Pet Shop Boys

The music charts on April 26, 1988

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
  • Devil Inside - INXS
  • Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
  • Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
  • Girlfriend - Pebbles
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Beetlejuice

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Beetlejuice".

Facts

This date was 13,093 days ago. Approximately 436 months have passed. It was the 117th day of 1988, in week 17. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 35 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1988 had 366 days because it was a leap year. 145 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to April 26, 1988

Let's go back to the eighties.

It is Tuesday, April 26, 1988. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1988 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston is at the top of the singles charts, while "Heart" by Pet Shop Boys is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Beetlejuice 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", "Night Court", "The Equalizer", and "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tetris", "Double Dragon", "Metroid", and "Street Fighter". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Muppet Babies", "BraveStarr", and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".

Popular toys at the moment include Operation, Water Ring Toss, Speak & Spell, and Transformers.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 26, 1988.

  • Eurovision 1988.

    Eurovision 1988

    The 1988 Eurovision song contest was held in Dublin, Ireland. Switzerland won the contest with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi" by Celine Dion.
  • 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

    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 April 26, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to April 26, 1988.

  • 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.
  • April 23, 1988: Soccer: Liverpool win the league after a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
  • April 24, 1988: Soccer: Luton win the League Cup after a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
  • April 25, 1988: Former Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk is sentenced to death in Israel.
  • This date: April 26, 1988
  • May 5, 1988: English actor George Rose is murdered in the Dominican Republic.
  • May 7, 1988: The final episode of the American sitcom "The Facts of Life" is aired on television.
  • May 8, 1988: The final episode of "Magnum, P.I." is aired.
  • May 14, 1988:
    • Wimbledon win the FA Cup after defeating Liverpool 1-0.
    • 27 people are killed when a drunk driver crashes into a school bus in Carrollton, Kentucky.
  • May 15, 1988: Soviet troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan.
  • May 25, 1988:
    • Rambo III (1988) is released.
    • Football: Dutch side PSV Eindhoven win the European Cup after defeating Benfica on penalties.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 26, 1988, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • 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 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 26, 1988 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1988

In April 1988, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from April 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
Matlock
Matlock
MacGyver
MacGyver
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
Punky Brewster
Punky Brewster
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Cheers
Cheers
Family Ties
Family Ties
Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.

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 April 26, 1988

If you were a kid on April 26, 1988, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
The World of David the Gnome
The World of David the Gnome
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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

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)
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)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss
Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
Operation
Operation
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in April 1988.

Metal Gear 1988
Metal Gear
Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Platoon
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
Metroid 1987
Metroid
Punch-Out!! 1987
Punch-Out!!
Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Tetris 1984
Tetris
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

Were you born on April 26, 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 April 26, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 26.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Playwright / Poet Deceased
Born on April 26, 1564
He was not alive on this date.

Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Actor
Born on April 26, 1958
He turned 30 on this day in 1988.

Jet Li

Jet Li

Actor
Born on April 26, 1963
He turned 25 on this day in 1988.

Kevin James

Kevin James

Actor / Comedian
Born on April 26, 1965
He turned 23 on this day in 1988.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump

First Lady of the United States
Born on April 26, 1970
She turned 18 on this day in 1988.

T-Boz

T-Boz

Singer
Born on April 26, 1970
She turned 18 on this day in 1988.

Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison

American musician Deceased
Born on April 26, 1975
He turned 13 on this day in 1988.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Actor
Born on April 26, 1980
He turned 8 on this day in 1988.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on April 26, 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 April 26, 1988 was most likely conceived around August 4, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 26, 1988 is close to January 17, 1989.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 26, 1988:

  • 13,093 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,870 weeks have passed.
  • 1,131,238,800 seconds have passed since April 26, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,319,778,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 583,719,220,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 188,539,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 97,286,537 steps. That's roughly 43,238 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,574,866 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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