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October 7, 1988

October 7, 1988, was a Friday. It was 35 years, 7 months, and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on October 7, 1988?

  • Actress Robin Givens files for divorce from boxing champion Mike Tyson.
Birthdays

Born on October 7, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 7, 1988:

  • United States: "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
  • United Kingdom: "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" by Hollies

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 7, 1988

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

  • Don't Worry, Be Happy (From "Cocktail") - Bobby McFerrin
  • Love Bites - Def Leppard
  • I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
  • One Good Woman - Peter Cetera
  • Red Red Wine - UB40
Play the top singles from 1988
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1988. Let us bring you back to the days of Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Guns N' Roses and Phil Collins!
Alien Nation

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Alien Nation" was at the top of the box office on October 7, 1988.

Facts

This date occurred 13,009 days ago. Approximately 434 months have passed. It was the 281st day of 1988, in week 40. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on October 7, 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 October 7, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is October 7, 1988, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin is at the top of the singles charts, while "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" by Hollies is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Alien Nation 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 "Miami Vice", "Moonlighting", "The Equalizer", and "21 Jump Street".

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 Roy Orbison, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruhollah Khomeini, and Mel Blanc would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Double Dragon", "Platoon", "Mega Man", and "Altered Beast". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Adventures of the Gummi Bears", "Growing Pains", "Jem and the Holograms", and "Dennis the Menace". Children are playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, the Big Wheel (tricycle), Turnin' Turbo Dashboard, and Jenga.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 7, 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

    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 October 7, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 7, 1988.

Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 7, 1988, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 7, 1988 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in October 1988

The following TV shows were popular in October 1988:

TV shows from October 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 October 1988

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

Garfield and Friends
Garfield and Friends
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Count Duckula
Count Duckula

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
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 October 1988.

Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground
Altered Beast 1988
Altered Beast
Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
Mega Man 1987
Mega Man
Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Platoon
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
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

Were you born on October 7, 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 October 7, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 7.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Russian President
Born on October 7, 1952
He turned 36 on this day in 1988.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Producer / Talent scout
Born on October 7, 1959
He turned 29 on this day in 1988.

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton

Singer
Born on October 7, 1967
She turned 21 on this day in 1988.

Jamie Hector

Jamie Hector

Actor
Born on October 7, 1975
He turned 13 on this day in 1988.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

Singer
Born on October 7, 1978
She turned 10 on this day in 1988.

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Singer
Born on October 7, 1996
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 7, 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 October 7, 1988 was most likely conceived around January 15, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 7, 1988 is close to June 30, 1989.

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Stats for October 7, 1988

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 7, 1988:

  • 13,009 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,858 weeks have passed.
  • 1,123,977,600 seconds have passed since October 7, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,311,307,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 579,972,441,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 187,329,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,662,074 steps. That's roughly 42,961 miles.
  • 13,487,731 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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