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August 1, 1988

August 1, 1988, was a Monday. It was 35 years, 8 months, and 14 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on August 1, 1988?

  • The first issue of Hip Hop magazine "The Source" is published.
Birthdays

Born on August 1, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 1, 1988:

  • United States: "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood
  • United Kingdom: "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" by Glenn Medeiros

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 1, 1988

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

  • Roll With It - Steve Winwood
  • Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx
  • Hands To Heaven - Breathe
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
  • Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
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 August 1, 1988.

Facts

This date occurred 13,041 days ago. Approximately 435 months have passed. It was the 214th day of 1988, in week 31. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on August 1, 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 August 1, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is August 1, 1988, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

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 "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood is at the top of the singles charts, while "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" by Glenn Medeiros 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 "Family Ties", "Night Court", "Who's the Boss?", and "The Wonder Years". 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 Anne Ramsey, Roy Orbison, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Ruhollah Khomeini would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Missile Command", "Tetris", "Street Fighter", and "Top Gun".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Dennis the Menace", "BraveStarr", and "DuckTales". Children are playing with toys such as Speak & Spell, Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), Transformers, and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 1, 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

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around August 1, 1988.

  • July 3, 1988: 290 people are killed after Iran Air Flight 655 is erroneously shot down by the USS Vincennes.
  • 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.
  • This date: August 1, 1988
  • August 8, 1988: NWA release their album Straight Outta Compton.
  • August 11, 1988: Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden.
  • August 12, 1988: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) is released in cinemas.
  • August 14, 1988: The trial of "Night Stalker" serial killer Richard Ramirez is halted after one of the jurors is murdered by her boyfriend.
  • August 17, 1988:
    • Guns N' Roses release the song "Sweet Child o' Mine".
    • President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • August 18, 1988: Soccer: Striker Ian Rush rejoins Liverpool after an unsuccessful season at Italian side Juventus.
  • August 20, 1988:
    • Ballygawley bus bombing: A roadside bomb attack by the Provisional IRA kills eight British soldiers in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland.
    • Iran-Iraq War: Hostilities between Iran and Iraq come to an end for the first time in seven years after a ceasefire is agreed.
  • August 28, 1988: Ramstein Air Show Disaster: 75 people are killed at an air show in Germany when three Italian jets collide.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 1, 1988, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 1, 1988 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in August 1988

Television shows that people were watching in August 1988:

TV shows from August 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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in August 1988

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

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

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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 1988.

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

Were you born on August 1, 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 August 1, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 1.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Guitarist Deceased
Born on August 1, 1942
He turned 46 on this day in 1988.

Tommy Bolin

Tommy Bolin

American guitarist Deceased
Born on August 1, 1951
He was not alive on this date.

Chuck D

Chuck D

Rapper
Born on August 1, 1960
He turned 28 on this day in 1988.

Micheál Martin

Micheál Martin

Irish politician
Born on August 1, 1960
He turned 28 on this day in 1988.

Coolio

Coolio

Rapper Deceased
Born on August 1, 1963
He turned 25 on this day in 1988.

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Actor
Born on August 1, 1979
He turned 9 on this day in 1988.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger

German soccer player
Born on August 1, 1984
He turned 4 on this day in 1988.

Leon Thomas III

Leon Thomas III

Actor
Born on August 1, 1993
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on August 1:

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 1, 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 August 1, 1988 was most likely conceived around November 9, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1, 1988 is close to April 24, 1989.

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Stats for August 1, 1988

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 1, 1988:

  • 13,041 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,863 weeks have passed.
  • 1,126,742,400 seconds have passed since August 1, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,314,532,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 581,399,078,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 187,790,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,899,846 steps. That's roughly 43,067 miles.
  • 13,520,909 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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