December 1, 1988

December 1, 1988, was a Thursday. It was 35 years, 7 months, and 10 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.


Born on December 1, 1988

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 1, 1988:

  • United States: "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi
  • United Kingdom: "The First Time" by Robin Beck

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 1, 1988

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

  • Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
  • Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley - Will To Power
  • Desire - U2
  • How Can I Fall? - Breathe
  • Kissing A Fool - George Michael
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Top movie at the box office

The movie "Scrooged" was at the top of the box office on December 1, 1988.


This date occurred 13,007 days ago. Approximately 434 months have passed. It was the 336th day of 1988, in week 48. The decade was the eighties. There were only 30 days left in the year. People who were born on December 1, 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 December 1, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is December 1, 1988, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1988 has begun.

In America, the song "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi is at the top of the singles charts, while "The First Time" by Robin Beck is the number-one song in the UK. Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States, and the movie Scrooged 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 "Cheers", "Night Court", "Sherlock Holmes", and "My Two Dads". 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 "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Paperboy", "Metroid", and "Final Fantasy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Real Ghostbusters", "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh", "Denver, the Last Dinosaur", and "Roseanne".

Children are playing with toys such as Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards), Mr Frosty, Sylvanian Families, and Laser Tag.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 1, 1988.

  • Christmas 1988 has begun.

    Christmas 1988 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 1988 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • 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 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 1, 1988.

  • 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.
  • November 19, 1988: 9-year-old Michaela Garecht is abducted in Hayward, California.
  • This date: December 1, 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.
  • December 21, 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up by terrorists as it flies over Lockerbie in Scotland. 270 people are killed.
  • December 22, 1988: Trade union leader and environmentalist, Chico Mendes, is assassinated in Xapuri, Brazil.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 1, 1988, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 1, 1988 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in December 1988

Television shows that people were watching in December 1988:

TV shows from December 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
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 December 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

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)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
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 December 1988.

RoboCop 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
Maniac Mansion
Platoon 1987
Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Metroid 1987
Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Paperboy 1986

Were you born on December 1, 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 December 1, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 1.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Born on December 1, 1935
He turned 53 on this day in 1988.

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Comedian Deceased
Born on December 1, 1940
He turned 48 on this day in 1988.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Born on December 1, 1945
She turned 43 on this day in 1988.

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

Colombian drug lord Deceased
Born on December 1, 1949
He turned 39 on this day in 1988.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Born on December 1, 1970
She turned 18 on this day in 1988.

Philip DeFranco

Philip DeFranco

Born on December 1, 1985
He turned 3 on this day in 1988.

Natasha O'Keeffe

Natasha O'Keeffe

Born on December 1, 1986
She turned 2 on this day in 1988.

Andrew Tate

Andrew Tate

Internet personality
Born on December 1, 1986
He turned 2 on this day in 1988.


US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 1, 1988.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 1, 1988 was most likely conceived around March 10, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 1, 1988 is close to August 24, 1989.

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Stats for December 1, 1988


Here are some interesting statistics about December 1, 1988:

  • 13,007 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,858 weeks have passed.
  • 1,123,801,200 seconds have passed since December 1, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,311,101,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 579,881,419,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 187,300,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 96,646,903 steps. That's roughly 42,954 miles.
  • 13,485,614 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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