August 17th, 1988, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 230 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.
32 years, 1 months and 5 days have passed since August 17th, 1988.
On This Date
Events that occurred on August 17th, 1988:
President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 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 "Young Guns" was at the top of the box office on this date.
Take Me Back!
The date is August 17th, 1988 and it's a Wednesday. 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 Young Guns 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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "Cheers", "Matlock" and "The Wonder Years". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Street Fighter" and "Maniac Mansion
". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Jem and the Holograms", "The Flintstone Kids" and "ALF".
Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Cabbage Patch Kids", "My Little Pony (figures)" and "Transformers".
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 17th, 1988.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Rain Man" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
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 and information about this date:
32 years, 1 months and 5 days have passed since August 17th, 1988.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 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 17th, 1988, will be 32 years of age.
People born in 1988 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 587775600.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1988:
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.
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1988, will have the star sign Leo.
Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
Zodiac Element: Fire.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 1988 falls under the Salmon.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
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" - "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:
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
My Little Pony (figures)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Big wheel (tricycle)
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Water Ring Toss
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of August:
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1988.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on August 17th, 1988 was probably conceived around the 8th of November, 1987. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1988 is the 27th of May, 1989. (Rough Estimate).
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.
- 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.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1988.
11,724 days have passed since this date.
1,012,953,600 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1988.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,181,779,200 times.
Since August 17th, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 522,684,057,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 168,825,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 87,114,010 steps. That's about 38,717 miles!
Since this date, 12,155,443 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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