May 5th, 1988

May 5th, 1988, fell on a Thursday. It was day 126 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 4 months and 22 days have passed since May 5th, 1988.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 5th, 1988:

  • English actor George Rose is murdered in the Dominican Republic.

Born On This Date

People who were born on this exact date:

  • Born on this exact date: Adele: Singer.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1988:

  • United States: Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
  • United Kingdom: Theme From S-Express - S-Express

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "Beetlejuice" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is May 5th, 1988 and it's a Thursday. The summer of 1988 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Where Do Broken Hearts Go by Whitney Houston is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Theme From S-Express by S-Express is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Beetlejuice is at the top of the Box Office. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "'Allo 'Allo!", "Kate & Allie", "Who's the Boss?" and "The Cosby Show". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Mega Man" and "Final Fantasy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Thomas the Tank Engine", "The Flintstone Kids" and "Adventures of the Little Koala".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Easy-Bake Oven", "My Little Pony (figures)", "Transformers" and "Popples".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 5th, 1988.

  • Iran-Iraq War

    Between the 22nd of September, 1980, and the 20th of August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

    "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin would go on to win a Grammy for 1988's Song of the Year.

  • Rain Man

    "Rain Man" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.

  • Eurovision 1988

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 32 years, 4 months and 22 days have passed since May 5th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 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 May 5th, 1988, will be 32 years of age.
  • People born in 1988 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 578790000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 5th, 1988:

  • April 5th, 1988: Tracy Chapman releases her self-titled album "Tracy Chapman".
  • April 12th, 1988: Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
  • May 8th, 1988: The final episode of "Magnum, P.I." is aired.
  • May 14th, 1988: Wimbledon win the FA Cup after defeating Liverpool 1-0.
  • May 14th, 1988: 27 people are killed when a drunk driver crashes into a school bus in Carrollton, Kentucky.
  • May 25th, 1988: Rambo III (1988) is released.
  • May 25th, 1988: Football: Dutch side PSV Eindhoven win the European Cup after defeating Benfica on penalties.
  • June 3rd, 1988: The movie Big (1988), starring Tom Hanks, is released in cinemas.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 5th, 1988, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 5th, 1988 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • The Wonder Years - A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
  • 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.
  • 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 - About an alien called ALF.
  • 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.

1988 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1988.

"The Wonder Years" - "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"


1988 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1988:

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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 5th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of May:

  • Liberation Day (Denmark)
  • Children's Day (Japan)

Weather

Weather information for May 5th, 1988:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 15.5 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 14.11 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 12.06 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 5th, 1988.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 5th, 1988 was probably conceived around the 27th of July, 1987. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 5th, 1988 is the 12th of February, 1989. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Metal Gear - Released on the NES in North America.
  • Final Fantasy - The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
  • Mega Man - A platform game that was developed by Capcom.
  • Maniac Mansion - Graphic adventure game.
  • Street Fighter - The first game in the Street Fighter series.
  • Punch-Out!! - "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" was a boxing game that was published for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • Missile Command - Arcade game developed by Atari.

How old was I?

Enter your date of birth below to find out how old you were on May 5th, 1988.

Videos

Looking for some nostalgia? Here are some Youtube videos relating to May 5th, 1988. Please note that videos are automatically selected by Youtube and that results may vary! Click on the "Load Next Video" button to view the next video in the search playlist. In many cases, you'll find episodes of old TV shows, documentaries, music videos and soap dramas.


NB: If a video is blank, click on the button above to view the next one...

Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about May 5th, 1988.

  • 11,833 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,022,371,200 seconds have passed since the May 5th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,192,766,400 times.
  • Since May 5th, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 527,543,539,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 170,395,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 87,923,923 steps. That's about 39,077 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,268,454 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

Random Dates

A list of random dates that you might be interested in:


Previous Day
4th of May, 1988