December 5th, 1988, was a Monday. It was day 340 of 1988. The decade was the Eighties.
34 years, 3 months and 18 days have passed since December 5th, 1988.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
What happened on December 5th, 1988?
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 5th, 1988.
These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "The Naked Gun" was at the top of the Box Office on December 5th, 1988.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is December 5th, 1988, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1988 has began.
In America, the song Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley by Will to Power is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, The First Time by Robin Beck is the number one hit song. Ronald Reagan is currently the President of the United States, and the movie The Naked Gun 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.
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 be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "Who's the Boss?", "Moonlighting" and "21 Jump Street". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Double Dragon" and "Metroid".
Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "The Care Bears", "DuckTales" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Cabbage Patch Kids, Pound Puppies, Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards) and Jenga.
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 5th, 1988.
West Coast Gangsta Rap was beginning to take off during this period. NWA released their popular album "Straight Outta Compton" on August 8th, 1988.
Popular music artists in 1988 included George Michael, INXS, George Harrison, Rick Astley, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Breathe.
The best NBA players in 1988 were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.
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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
"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.
The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin won a Grammy for 1988's Song of the Year.
In the late 1980s, a new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" became fashionable.
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.
In the late 1980s, waterbeds reached their height in popularity. 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.
From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
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 the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.
The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
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News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 5th, 1988.
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Television shows that people were watching in December, 1988.
Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.
In the Heat of the Night
Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.
The Wonder Years
A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.
Starring Jeremy Brett.
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.
American soap opera.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1988.
Garfield and Friends
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
The Wonder Years
The World of David the Gnome
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Adventures of the Little Koala
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Dennis the Menace
The Real Ghostbusters
The Flintstone Kids
Jem and the Holograms
The Care Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Cosby Show
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1988.
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Boglins (hand puppets)
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
My Little Pony (figures)
The Commodore 64
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Big wheel (tricycle)
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1988.
Released for arcade, the Amstrad, the NES and the Spectrum.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Action-strategy arcade game.
Beat 'em up arcade game.
The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
Graphic adventure game.
Action game that was based on the film of the same name.
Released for the NES.
Action-adventure game that was released for the NES.
Beat-em up game.
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Tile-matching puzzle video game.
Light gun shooter game.
Arcade game developed by Atari.
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 5th, 1994, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 5th.
English snooker player.
Born on December 5th, 1975
He turned 13 on this day in 1988.
Born on December 5th, 2004
She was born exactly 16 years after this date.
Historical weather information for December 5th, 1988.
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 5th, 1988.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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