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July 3, 1988

July 3, 1988, was a Sunday. It was 35 years, 8 months, and 2 days ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on July 3, 1988?

  • 290 people are killed after Iran Air Flight 655 is erroneously shot down by the USS Vincennes.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 3, 1988:

  • United States: "Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson
  • United Kingdom: "I Owe You Nothing" by Bros

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 3, 1988

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

  • Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
  • Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
  • The Flame - Cheap Trick
  • Make It Real - The Jets
  • The Valley Road - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Play the top singles from 1988
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was at the top of the box office on July 3, 1988.

Facts

This date occurred 13,029 days ago. Approximately 434 months have passed. It was the 185th day of 1988, in week 26. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on July 3, 1988, are now 35 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1988 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 145 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to July 3, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is July 3, 1988, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

Americans are looking forward to tomorrow's July 4th celebrations. People are making plans to hold barbecues and set off fireworks. The summer of 1988 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Owe You Nothing" by Bros is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Sherlock Holmes", "The Cosby Show", "Charles in Charge", and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

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.

People are playing video games such as "Metroid", "Street Fighter", "Top Gun", and "Final Fantasy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Heathcliff", "The Flintstone Kids", "The Real Ghostbusters", and "21 Jump Street". Children are playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Speak & Spell, Screwball Scramble, and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 3, 1988.

  • 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 July 3, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around July 3, 1988.

  • 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.
  • June 13, 1988: 7-year-old Amber Swartz-Garcia is kidnapped in Pinole, California.
  • June 15, 1988: A woman sues musician Chuck Berry for $5 million after claiming that he punched her in the face in December, 1987.
  • June 17, 1988: The family of Robin Givens allege that her husband Mike Tyson beats her.
  • June 20, 1988: "The Price Is Right" model Janice Pennington is knocked unconscious by a studio camera.
  • June 21, 1988: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1988 NBA Finals after they defeat the Detroit Pistons 4-3.
  • June 22, 1988: The film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is released.
  • June 25, 1988: The Netherlands win the UEFA Euro 1988 Final with a 2-0 victory over the Soviet Union.
  • June 27, 1988: Boxing: Mike Tyson defeats Michael Spinks in 91 seconds at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • June 29, 1988:
    • The movie Coming to America (1988) is released in cinemas.
    • A violent dispute occurs between Lionel Richie and his wife Brenda Harvey after she discovers him cheating on her.
  • This date: July 3, 1988
  • July 4, 1988: Kylie Minogue releases her debut album, Kylie.
  • July 6, 1988: 167 people are killed after an oil platform called the Piper Alpha is destroyed by explosions and fires in the North Sea.
  • July 15, 1988: The movie Die Hard (1988) is released.
  • July 18, 1988: German singer Nico (Christa Päffgen) dies following a cycling accident in Ibiza.
  • July 20, 1988: Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis is selected as the Democratic Party nominee for the 1988 US presidential election.
  • July 22, 1988: The trial of "Night Stalker" serial killer Richard Ramirez begins.
  • July 25, 1988: American child actress Judith Barsi is shot and killed by her father. Judith was best-known for voicing the character Ducky in The Land Before Time.
  • July 29, 1988: The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) is released in movie theaters.
  • July 31, 1988: 32 people are killed in Penang, Malaysia after an overcrowded ferry terminal bridge collapses.
  • August 1, 1988: The first issue of Hip Hop magazine "The Source" is published.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 3, 1988, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: July 3, 1988 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in July 1988

Television shows that people were watching in July 1988:

TV shows from July 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
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Cheers
Cheers
Family Ties
Family Ties
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing
Dallas
Dallas

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in July 1988

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

Toys in 1988

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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 July 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
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 July 3, 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 July 3, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 3.

Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

Actor
Born on July 3, 1943
He turned 45 on this day in 1988.

Montel Williams

Montel Williams

Television personality
Born on July 3, 1956
He turned 32 on this day in 1988.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Actor
Born on July 3, 1962
He turned 26 on this day in 1988.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder
Born on July 3, 1971
He turned 17 on this day in 1988.

Shane Lynch

Shane Lynch

Boyzone
Born on July 3, 1976
He turned 12 on this day in 1988.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on July 3, 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 July 3, 1988 was most likely conceived around October 11, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 3, 1988 is close to March 26, 1989.

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Stats for July 3, 1988

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about July 3, 1988:

  • 13,029 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,861 weeks have passed.
  • 1,125,709,200 seconds have passed since July 3, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,313,327,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 580,865,947,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 187,618,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,810,991 steps. That's roughly 43,027 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,508,510 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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