August 24, 1988

August 24, 1988, was a Wednesday. It was 35 years, 9 months, and 25 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.


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Song charts

Popular songs

On August 24, 1988, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 24, 1988

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Roll With It - Steve Winwood
  • Monkey - George Michael
  • 1-2-3 - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  • I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That - Elton John
  • Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
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Young Guns

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Young Guns".


This date was 13,082 days ago. Approximately 436 months have passed. It was the 237th day of 1988, in week 34. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 35 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 1988 had 366 days because it was a leap year. 145 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to August 24, 1988

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Wednesday, August 24, 1988. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1988 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Young Guns is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.

A new song called "Sweet Child o' Mine" has recently been released by American rock band Guns N' Roses. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Roy Orbison, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruhollah Khomeini, and Mel Blanc would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Knots Landing", "Sherlock Holmes", "Moonlighting", and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tetris", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Top Gun", and "Maniac Mansion ". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Smurfs", "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Dennis the Menace", and "The World of David the Gnome". Popular toys at the moment include Water Ring Toss, Pogo ball / Lolo ball, Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards), and Boglins (hand puppets).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 24, 1988.

  • Gangsta rap is becoming a thing.

    Gangsta rap is becoming a thing

    West Coast gangsta pap was beginning to take off. On August 8th, 1988, N.W.A released their iconic album "Straight Outta Compton."
  • 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.
  • 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 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 August 24, 1988.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 24, 1988.

  • 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.
  • 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".
    • Pakistan President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and US 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.
  • This date: August 24, 1988
  • August 28, 1988: Ramstein Air Show Disaster: 75 people are killed at an air show in Germany when three Italian jets collide.
  • September 7, 1988: "Need You Tonight/Mediate" by INXS wins Video of the Year at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 8, 1988: Yellowstone National Park is closed due to fires.
  • September 10, 1988: 15-year-old Lee Boxell goes missing in Sutton, London.
  • September 20, 1988: 19-year-old Tara Calico goes missing in Belen, New Mexico.
  • September 23, 1988: Dead Ringers (1988) is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 24, 1988, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 24, 1988 falls under the Bear.
  • 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

TV shows in 1988

In August 1988, TV audiences were watching the following series:

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
The Equalizer
The Equalizer
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls

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

Kids TV shows on August 24, 1988

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1988:

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
Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Popular toys and games in 1988

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
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
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Street Fighter 1987
Street Fighter
Metroid 1987
Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Paperboy 1986
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt

Were you born on August 24, 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 24, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 24.

Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat

Palestinian leader Deceased
Born on August 24, 1929
He turned 59 on this day in 1988.

Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon

WWE owner
Born on August 24, 1945
He turned 43 on this day in 1988.



Colombian drug trafficker Deceased
Born on August 24, 1951
He turned 37 on this day in 1988.

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller

Basketball player
Born on August 24, 1965
He turned 23 on this day in 1988.

Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

Conspiracy theorist
Born on August 24, 1968
She turned 20 on this day in 1988.

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Born on August 24, 1973
He turned 15 on this day in 1988.

Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray

Born on August 24, 1981
He turned 7 on this day in 1988.

Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki

Australian actress
Born on August 24, 1990
She was born exactly 2 years after this date.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on August 24, 1988.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 24, 1988 was most likely conceived around December 2, 1987.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 24, 1988 is close to May 17, 1989.

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Stats for August 24, 1988


Here are some interesting statistics about August 24, 1988:

  • 13,082 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,868 weeks have passed.
  • 1,130,284,800 seconds have passed since August 24, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,318,665,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 583,226,956,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 188,380,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 97,204,493 steps. That's roughly 43,202 miles.
  • 13,563,418 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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