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October 20, 1988

October 20, 1988, was a Thursday. It was 35 years, 5 months, and 26 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 20, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 20, 1988:

  • United States: "Red Red Wine" by UB40
  • United Kingdom: "One Moment In Time" by Whitney Houston

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 20, 1988

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Red Red Wine - UB40
  • Love Bites - Def Leppard
  • Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins
  • Don't Be Cruel - Cheap Trick
  • What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society
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The Accused

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Accused".

Facts

This date was 12,961 days ago. Approximately 432 months have passed. It was the 294th day of 1988, in week 42. 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. 144 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 20, 1988

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, October 20, 1988. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. 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. Halloween 1988 is quickly approaching and stores are selling costumes and decorations. In America, the song "Red Red Wine" by UB40 is at the top of the singles charts, while "One Moment In Time" by Whitney Houston is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie The Accused 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. 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 "Columbo", "Married... with Children", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "Roseanne".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Tetris", "Metroid", and "Platoon". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Adventures of the Gummi Bears", "21 Jump Street", and "Garfield and Friends". Popular toys at the moment include Water Ring Toss, Speak & Spell, Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), and My Little Pony (figures).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 20, 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 20, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 20, 1988.

Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20, 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 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20, 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

TV series on October 20, 1988

People in October 1988 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 1988.

Roseanne
Roseanne
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

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 October 20, 1988

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

Roseanne
Roseanne
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
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1988

Toys and games that were popular in 1988:

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 20, 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 20, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 20.

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player Deceased
Born on October 20, 1931
He turned 57 on this day in 1988.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Musician Deceased
Born on October 20, 1950
He turned 38 on this day in 1988.

Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 30 on this day in 1988.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Actor
Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 30 on this day in 1988.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

US Vice President
Born on October 20, 1964
She turned 24 on this day in 1988.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Rapper
Born on October 20, 1971
He turned 17 on this day in 1988.

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Actor
Born on October 20, 1979
He turned 9 on this day in 1988.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 20, 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 20, 1988 was most likely conceived around January 28, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20, 1988 is close to July 13, 1989.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 20, 1988:

  • 12,961 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,851 weeks have passed.
  • 1,119,830,400 seconds have passed since October 20, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,306,468,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 577,832,486,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 186,638,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,305,414 steps. That's roughly 42,802 miles.
  • 13,437,965 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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