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May 12, 1988

May 12, 1988, was a Thursday. It was 36 years, 1 month, and 6 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Birthdays

Born on May 12, 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 May 12, 1988:

  • United States: "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby
  • United Kingdom: "Theme From S-Express" by S-Express

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 12, 1988

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
  • Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  • Angel - Aerosmith
  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
  • Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
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Colors

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Colors" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 13,186 days ago. Approximately 440 months have passed. It was the 133rd day of 1988, in week 19. 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 147 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 12, 1988

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Thursday, May 12, 1988. 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. The school year is nearly finished.

In America, the song "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby is at the top of the singles charts, while "Theme From S-Express" by S-Express is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Colors 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 "Cheers", "'Allo 'Allo!", "The Golden Girls", and "Full House". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Paperboy", "Punch-Out!!", "Platoon", and "Mega Man". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Heathcliff", "Pingu", and "Married... with Children".

Popular toys at the moment include Turnin' Turbo Dashboard, Transformers, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Popples.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 12, 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 May 12, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 12, 1988.

  • 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.
  • April 26, 1988: The chief investigator of the Chernobyl disaster, Valery Legasov, commits suicide at his apartment.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 12, 1988
  • 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.
  • June 3, 1988: The movie Big (1988), starring Tom Hanks, is released in cinemas.
  • June 4, 1988: Mary Pewitt is murdered at her home in Comanche, Oklahoma.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12, 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 12, 1988 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 12, 1988

TV audiences were watching the following shows on May 12, 1988:

TV shows from May 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

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 May 12, 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
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
Toys

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)
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 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

Were you born on May 12, 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 May 12, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 12.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Historical figure Deceased
Born on May 12, 1820
She was not alive on this date.

George Carlin

George Carlin

Stand-up comedian Deceased
Born on May 12, 1937
He turned 51 on this day in 1988.

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk

Skateboarder
Born on May 12, 1968
He turned 20 on this day in 1988.

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

Rugby player Deceased
Born on May 12, 1975
He turned 13 on this day in 1988.

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

UK Prime Minister
Born on May 12, 1980
He turned 8 on this day in 1988.

Rami Malek

Rami Malek

Actor
Born on May 12, 1981
He turned 7 on this day in 1988.

Etika

Etika

American YouTuber Deceased
Born on May 12, 1990
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Sawyer Sweeten

Sawyer Sweeten

Child actor Deceased
Born on May 12, 1995
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 12, 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 May 12, 1988 was most likely conceived around August 20, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 12, 1988 is close to February 2, 1989.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 12, 1988:

  • 13,186 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,883 weeks have passed.
  • 1,139,270,400 seconds have passed since May 12, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,329,148,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 587,863,526,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 189,878,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 97,977,254 steps. That's roughly 43,545 miles.
  • 13,671,245 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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