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December 5, 1988

December 5, 1988, was a Monday. It was 35 years and 3 months ago. The zodiac sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on December 5, 1988?

  • Christian Televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted on charges of fraud.
Birthdays

Born on December 5, 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 5, 1988:

  • United States: "Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will to Power
  • United Kingdom: "The First Time" by Robin Beck

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1988

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

  • Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley - Will To Power
  • Look Away - Chicago
  • How Can I Fall? - Breathe
  • I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
  • Desire - U2
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The Naked Gun

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Naked Gun" was at the top of the box office on December 5, 1988.

Facts

This date occurred 12,874 days ago. Approximately 429 months have passed. It was the 340th day of 1988, in week 49. The decade was the eighties. There were only 26 days left in the year. People who were born on December 5, 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 143 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to December 5, 1988

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is December 5, 1988, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The Christmas season of 1988 has begun. In America, the song "Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will to Power 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 The Naked Gun 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 "Family Ties", "Night Court", "The Cosby Show", 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 Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruhollah Khomeini, Mel Blanc, and Paul C would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Top Gun", "Maniac Mansion ", and "Super Mario Bros. 3".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Cosby Show", "Growing Pains", "ALF", and "BraveStarr". Children are playing with toys such as Water Ring Toss, Cabbage Patch Kids, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Boglins (hand puppets).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 5, 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

    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 December 5, 1988.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 5, 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 5, 1988
  • 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

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 5, 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 5, 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.

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
Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Night Court
Night Court
'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
Cheers
Cheers
Family Ties
Family Ties
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Knots Landing
Knots Landing

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:

Noozles
Noozles
Roseanne
Roseanne
Garfield and Friends
Garfield and Friends

Count Duckula
Count Duckula
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
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
BraveStarr
BraveStarr
Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
ALF
ALF
The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters
The Flintstone Kids
The Flintstone Kids
Pingu
Pingu
Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms
Growing Pains
Growing Pains
The Care Bears
The Care Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
ThunderCats
ThunderCats
Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
Snorks
Snorks
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse
The Smurfs
The Smurfs
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
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
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Transformers
Transformers
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
The Commodore 64
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
The Big Wheel (tricycle)
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss
Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
Operation
Operation
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 1988.

RoboCop 1988
RoboCop
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3
Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground
Altered Beast 1988
Altered Beast
Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
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
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Missile Command 1980
Missile Command

Were you born on December 5, 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 5, 1994, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 5.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Business magnate Deceased
Born on December 5, 1901
He was not alive on this date.

Little Richard

Little Richard

Musician Deceased
Born on December 5, 1932
He turned 56 on this day in 1988.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan

English snooker player
Born on December 5, 1975
He turned 13 on this day in 1988.

Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz

Actor
Born on December 5, 1985
He turned 3 on this day in 1988.

Jules LeBlanc

Jules LeBlanc

American YouTuber
Born on December 5, 2004
She was born exactly 16 years after this date.

USA

US President

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 5, 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 December 5, 1988 was most likely conceived around March 14, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 5, 1988 is close to August 28, 1989.

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Stats for December 5, 1988

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about December 5, 1988:

  • 12,874 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,839 weeks have passed.
  • 1,112,313,600 seconds have passed since December 5, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,297,699,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 573,953,817,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 185,385,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 95,658,970 steps. That's roughly 42,515 miles!
  • Since this date, 13,347,763 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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