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October 20th, 1988.

October 20th, 1988, was a Thursday. It was day 294 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since October 20th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Born on October 20th, 1988.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Candice Swanepoel: Actor.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1988.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Accused" was at the top of the box office on October 20th, 1988.

Take me back to October 20th, 1988!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 20th, 1988 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. 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 and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1988 is quickly approaching and stores are selling costumes and decorations. In America, the song Red Red Wine by UB40 is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Accused is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister.

In fashion, women are currently 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "Miami Vice", "Married... with Children" and "Full House".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Maniac Mansion " and "Mega Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "ThunderCats", "Pingu", "ALF" and "Fireman Sam". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Speak & Spell, Fisher-Price Little People (Farm), the Commodore 64 and My Little Pony (figures).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on October 20th, 1988.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rain Man.

    "Rain Man" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.

  • Who were the best football players in 1988?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 music.

    Popular music artists in 1988 included George Michael, INXS, George Harrison, Rick Astley, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Breathe.

  • 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.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 32 years, 6 months and 20 days have passed since October 20th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 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 October 20th, 1988, will be 32 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1988 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 593305200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 20th, 1988.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20th, 1988, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 20th, 1988 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Roseanne - Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.
  • 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.
  • MacGyver - TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 20th, 1988.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1988.

  • Roseanne
  • Garfield and Friends
  • Count Duckula
  • 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

Popular toys and games in 1988.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1988.

  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
  • Popples
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
  • Pogo ball / Lolo ball
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Gain Ground - Action-strategy arcade game.
  • Altered Beast - Beat 'em up arcade game.
  • Final Fantasy - The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
  • Mega Man - A platform game that was developed by Capcom.
  • Maniac Mansion - Graphic adventure game.
  • 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.

1988 playlist.

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!

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 20th of October.

Weather on October 20th, 1988.

Historical weather information for October 20th, 1988.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 15.0 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a windy day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 43.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 6.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 12.94 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 2.03cm.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on October 20th, 1988.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1988.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 20th, 1988 was most likely conceived around the 11th of January, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20th, 1988 is close to the 30th of July, 1989.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 20th, 1988.

  • A total of 11,889 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,698 weeks have passed.
  • 1,027,209,600 seconds have passed since the October 20th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,198,411,200 times.
  • Since October 20th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 530,040,153,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 171,201,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 88,340,026 steps. That's about 39,262 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,326,515 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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