August 8th, 1988

August 8th, 1988, fell on a Monday. It was day 221 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

31 years, 11 months and 7 days have passed since August 8th, 1988.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 8th, 1988:

  • NWA release their album Straight Outta Compton.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 8th, 1988:

  • United States: Roll With It - Steve Winwood
  • United Kingdom: The Only Way Is Up - Yazz

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "Cocktail" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is August 8th, 1988 and it's a Monday. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Roll With It by Steve Winwood is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, The Only Way Is Up by Yazz is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie Cocktail is at the top of the Box Office. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Family Ties", "'Allo 'Allo!", "Charles in Charge" and "The Wonder Years". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Mega Man" and "Final Fantasy". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Care Bears", "The Real Ghostbusters", "Adventures of the Little Koala" and "Full House".

Popular toys include the likes of "Cabbage Patch Kids", "Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)", "Sylvanian Families" and "Jenga".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 8th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Straight Outta Compton

    West Coast Gangsta Rap is beginning to take off after NWA release their album "Straight Outta Compton" on the 8th of August, 1988.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 31 years, 11 months and 7 days have passed since August 8th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 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 August 8th, 1988, will be 31 years of age.
  • People born in 1988 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 586998000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 8th, 1988:

  • July 15th, 1988: The movie Die Hard (1988) is released.
  • July 25th, 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 29th, 1988: The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 11th, 1988: Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden.
  • August 12th, 1988: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) is released in cinemas.
  • August 17th, 1988: President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • August 28th, 1988: Ramstein Air Show Disaster: 75 people are killed at an air show in Germany when three Italian jets collide.
  • September 7th, 1988: "Need You Tonight/Mediate" by INXS wins Video of the Year at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 8th, 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).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 8th, 1988 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

1988 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1988 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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)
  • Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 8th of August:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of August:

  • Peace Festival

Weather

Weather information for August 8th, 1988:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 19.8 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 74.5 degrees Fahrenheit. 23.61 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 19.89 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 8th, 1988.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 8th, 1988 was probably conceived around the 30th of October, 1987. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 8th, 1988 is the 18th of May, 1989. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 8th, 1988.

  • 11,664 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,007,769,600 seconds have passed since the August 8th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,175,731,200 times.
  • Since August 8th, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 520,009,113,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 167,961,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 86,668,186 steps. That's about 38,519 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,093,235 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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