October 7th, 1988, was a Friday. It was Day 281 of 1988. The decade was the Eighties.
34 years, 8 months, and 2 days have passed since October 7th, 1988.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.
What happened on October 7th, 1988?
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 7th, 1988.
These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
The movie "Alien Nation" was at the top of the box office on October 7th, 1988.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is October 7th, 1988, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Most people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.
The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. There is also a fresh, earthy scent in the air. In America, the song Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin is at the top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother by Hollies is the number-one hit song. 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 "Night Court", "Kate & Allie", "Married... with Children", and "Full House". 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 "Tetris", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Mega Man", and "Final Fantasy". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Danger Mouse", "Adventures of the Gummi Bears", "Jem and the Holograms", and "DuckTales".
Children are playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Water Ring Toss, Popples, and Boglins (hand puppets).
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 7th, 1988.
West Coast gangsta pap was beginning to take off. On August 8th, 1988, N.W.A released their iconic album "Straight Outta Compton."
Popular music artists in 1988 included George Michael, INXS, George Harrison, Rick Astley, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Breathe.
The best NBA players in 1988 were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.
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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
"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.
The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin won a Grammy for 1988's Song of the Year.
A new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" became fashionable in the late 1980s.
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.
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 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.
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 was dominating the home computer market.
Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in October 1988.
In the Heat of the Night
Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.
The Wonder Years
A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
Starring Jeremy Brett.
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
American soap opera.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1988.
Garfield and Friends
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
The World of David the Gnome
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Dennis the Menace
The Real Ghostbusters
The Flintstone Kids
Jem and the Holograms
The Care Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Cosby Show
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1988.
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Boglins (hand puppets)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Popular video games that people were playing in October of 1988.
Action-strategy arcade game.
Beat 'em up arcade game.
The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
A platform game that was developed by Capcom.
Graphic adventure game.
Action game that was based on the film of the same name.
Released for the NES.
Action-adventure game that was released for the NES.
Beat-em up game.
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Tile-matching puzzle video game.
Light gun shooter game.
Arcade game developed by Atari.
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 7th, 1994, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 7th.
Historical weather information for October 7th, 1988.
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 7th, 1988.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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