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November 19, 1988

November 19, 1988, was a Saturday. It was 35 years, 4 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on November 19, 1988:

  • 9-year-old Michaela Garecht is abducted in Hayward, California.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 19, 1988:

  • United States: "Wild Wild West" by Escape Club
  • United Kingdom: "Orinoco Flow" by Enya

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 19, 1988

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
  • Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
  • The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
  • Desire - U2
  • Kokomo (From"Cocktail" ) - The Beach Boys
Play the top singles from 1988
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The Land Before Time

Top movie

The movie "The Land Before Time" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 12,930 days ago. Approximately 431 months have passed. It was the 324th day of 1988, in week 46. The decade was the eighties. The end of 1988 was just 42 days away. People who were born on November 19, 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. We have gone through approximately 144 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to November 19, 1988

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is November 19, 1988, and it's a Saturday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Scorpio. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, shopping, playing video games, and watching sports.

In America, Thanksgiving 1988 is just around the corner. It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. In America, the song "Wild Wild West" by Escape Club is at the top of the singles charts, while "Orinoco Flow" by Enya is the number-one song in the UK.

Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie The Land Before Time 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 "Knots Landing", "Kate & Allie", "Full House", and "Roseanne".

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 "Duck Hunt", "Tetris", "Metroid", and "Mega Man". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Smurfs", "ALF", "Fireman Sam", and "Denver, the Last Dinosaur". Children are playing with toys such as Operation, Dungeons & Dragons, My Little Pony (figures), and the Ghostbusters Proton Pack.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on November 19, 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 November 19, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around November 19, 1988.

  • October 29, 1988: The Sega Genises / Mega Drive is released.
  • November 8, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected as US President.
  • November 11, 1988: The comedy film "Ernest Saves Christmas" is released.
  • November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto is elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • November 18, 1988: The animated movie The Land Before Time (1988) is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: November 19, 1988
  • December 2, 1988:
    • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) is released.
    • Benazir Bhutto becomes the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • December 4, 1988: Actor Gary Busey suffers permanent brain damage in a motorcycle accident.
  • December 5, 1988: Christian Televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted on charges of fraud.
  • December 6, 1988: American singer Roy Orbison dies from a heart attack at the age of 52.
  • December 8, 1988: Five people are killed when a US Air Force jet crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany.
  • December 9, 1988:
    • The film Mississippi Burning (1988) is released.
    • The movie Twins (1988) is released.
  • December 12, 1988: 35 people are killed after two trains collide near Clapham Junction railway station in London.
  • December 16, 1988:
    • Rain Man (1988) is released in cinemas.
    • Disco singer "Sylvester" dies from AIDS.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 19, 1988, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 19, 1988 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on November 19, 1988

People in November 1988 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from November 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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in November 1988

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

Noozles
Noozles
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
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 November 1988.

Super Mario Bros. 3 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3
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

Were you born on November 19, 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 November 19, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on November 19.

James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield

US President Deceased
Born on November 19, 1831
He was not alive on this date.

Larry King

Larry King

TV host Deceased
Born on November 19, 1933
He turned 55 on this day in 1988.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

Actress
Born on November 19, 1961
She turned 27 on this day in 1988.

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Actress
Born on November 19, 1962
She turned 26 on this day in 1988.

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Actor
Born on November 19, 1978
He turned 10 on this day in 1988.

RiceGum

RiceGum

Internet personality
Born on November 19, 1996
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on November 19, 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 November 19, 1988 was most likely conceived around February 27, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 19, 1988 is close to August 12, 1989.

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Stats for November 19, 1988

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about November 19, 1988:

  • 12,930 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,847 weeks have passed.
  • 1,117,148,400 seconds have passed since November 19, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,303,339,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 576,448,574,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 186,191,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,074,762 steps. That's roughly 42,700 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,405,781 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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