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May 5th, 1988.

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

33 years and 14 days have passed since May 5th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 5th, 1988?

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

Born on May 5th, 1988.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Adele: Singer.

Music charts.

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
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Beetlejuice" was at the top of the box office on May 5th, 1988.

Take me back to May 5th, 1988!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 5th, 1988 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. 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.

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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Smurfs", "'Allo 'Allo!", "MacGyver" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Punch-Out!!", "Maniac Mansion ", "Final Fantasy" and "Metal Gear". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Muppet Babies", "The Real Ghostbusters", "Married... with Children" and "Fireman Sam".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), Transformers, Sylvanian Families and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).

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 May 5th, 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.

  • 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?

    The best NBA players in 1988 were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.

  • 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?

    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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.

  • 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".

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

  • 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.

  • 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 the September, 1980, and August, 1988, an armed conflict was being fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iraqi Republic.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 33 years and 14 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 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 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 6th, 1988: The song "Fast Car" is released by singer Tracy Chapman.
  • April 12th, 1988: Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
  • April 23rd, 1988: Soccer: Liverpool win the league after a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
  • April 24th, 1988: Soccer: Luton win the League Cup after a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
  • April 25th, 1988: Former Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk is sentenced to death in Israel.
  • April 26th, 1988: The chief investigator of the Chernobyl disaster, Valery Legasov, commits suicide at his apartment.
  • This date: May 5th, 1988
  • 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.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • 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 that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 5th, 1988 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

  • In the Heat of the Night - Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 5th, 1988.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1988.

Toys and games that were 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)
  • 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 - 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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 5th of May.

  • May 5th, 1818: Karl Marx (Philosopher) (Deceased)
  • May 5th, 1989: Chris Brown (Singer) was born exactly one year after this date.

Holidays.

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

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

Weather on May 5th, 1988.

Historical 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.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 5th, 1988.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 12,067 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,723 weeks have passed.
  • 1,042,588,800 seconds have passed since the May 5th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,216,353,600 times.
  • Since May 5th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 537,975,820,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 173,764,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 89,662,637 steps. That's about 39,850 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,511,066 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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