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May 20th, 1988.

May 20th, 1988, was a Friday. It was day 141 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 11 months and 20 days have passed since May 20th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1988.

  • United States: Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  • United Kingdom: Perfect - Fairgound Attraction

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Willow" was at the top of the box office on May 20th, 1988.

Take me back to May 20th, 1988!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 20th, 1988 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1988 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Anything For You by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Perfect by Fairgound Attraction is the number one hit song.

Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Willow 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 "'Allo 'Allo!", "The Cosby Show", "Miami Vice" and "21 Jump Street". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Street Fighter", "Maniac Mansion " and "Final Fantasy".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Heathcliff", "Jem and the Holograms" and "The Flintstone Kids". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), Transformers, Pogo ball / Lolo ball and Sylvanian Families.

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 20th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rain Man.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 NBA players in 1988?

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

  • 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.

  • 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, 11 months and 20 days have passed since May 20th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 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 20th, 1988, will be 32 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1988 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 580086000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 20th, 1988.

  • 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.
  • May 5th, 1988: English actor George Rose is murdered in the Dominican Republic.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 20th, 1988
  • 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.
  • June 13th, 1988: 7-year-old Amber Swartz-Garcia is kidnapped in Pinole, California.

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 20th, 1988, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 20th, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 20th, 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.

1988 playlist.

A Spotify playlist of songs from 1988. Let us bring you back to the days of Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Guns N' Roses and Phil Collins!

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 20th of May.

  • May 20th, 1946: Cher (Singer) turned 42 on this day in 1988.
  • May 20th, 1972: Busta Rhymes (Rapper) turned 16 on this day in 1988.
  • May 20th, 1981: Iker Casillas (Spanish soccer player) turned 7 on this day in 1988.
  • May 20th, 1982: Petr Cech (Czech soccer player) turned 6 on this day in 1988.

Weather on May 20th, 1988.

Historical weather information for May 20th, 1988.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 13.4 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 62.3 degrees Fahrenheit. 16.83 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 6.86cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 10.67 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on May 20th, 1988.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 20th, 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 20th, 1988.

  • A total of 12,042 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,720 weeks have passed.
  • 1,040,428,800 seconds have passed since the May 20th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,213,833,600 times.
  • Since May 20th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 536,861,260,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 173,404,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 89,476,877 steps. That's about 39,768 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,485,146 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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