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December 16th, 1988.

December 16th, 1988, was a Friday. It was day 351 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 4 months and 23 days have passed since December 16th, 1988.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 16th, 1988?

  • Disco singer "Sylvester" dies from AIDS.
  • Rain Man (1988) is released in cinemas.

Born on December 16th, 1988.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Mats Hummels: German soccer player.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1988.

  • United States: Look Away - Chicago
  • United Kingdom: Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Naked Gun" was at the top of the box office on December 16th, 1988.

Take me back to December 16th, 1988!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 16th, 1988 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1988 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song Look Away by Chicago is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Mistletoe And Wine by Cliff Richard 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Knots Landing", "Murder, She Wrote", "Matlock" and "21 Jump Street". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Duck Hunt", "Tetris" and "Gain Ground".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Danger Mouse", "The Flintstone Kids" and "Count Duckula". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Pound Puppies, Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards) and Hot Looks (fashion model dolls).

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 December 16th, 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, 4 months and 23 days have passed since December 16th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 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 December 16th, 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 598233600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1988.

  • November 18th, 1988: The animated movie The Land Before Time (1988) is released in movie theaters.
  • November 19th, 1988: 9-year-old Michaela Garecht is abducted in Hayward, California.
  • December 2nd, 1988: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) is released.
  • December 2nd, 1988: Benazir Bhutto becomes the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • December 8th, 1988: Five people are killed when a US Air Force jet crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany.
  • December 9th, 1988: The film Mississippi Burning (1988) is released.
  • December 9th, 1988: The movie Twins (1988) is released.
  • December 12th, 1988: 35 people are killed after two trains collide near Clapham Junction railway station in London.
  • This date: December 16th, 1988
  • December 21st, 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up by terrorists as it flies over Lockerbie in Scotland. 270 people are killed.
  • December 22nd, 1988: Trade union leader and environmentalist, Chico Mendes, is assassinated in Xapuri, Brazil.
  • January 5th, 1989: Pop star Madonna files for divorce from actor Senn Penn for the second and final time.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1988, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16th, 1988 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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 December 16th, 1988.

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

  • Noozles
  • 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.

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Gain Ground - Action-strategy arcade game.
  • Altered Beast - Beat 'em up arcade game.
  • Final Fantasy - The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
  • 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 16th of December.

Weather on December 16th, 1988.

Historical weather information for December 16th, 1988.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 10.0 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a mostly sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 18.8 degrees Fahrenheit. -7.33 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 7.5 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1988.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1988.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1988 was most likely conceived around the 8th of March, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1988 is close to the 25th of September, 1989.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1988.

  • A total of 11,832 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,690 weeks have passed.
  • 1,022,281,200 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,192,661,400 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 527,497,099,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 170,380,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 87,916,183 steps. That's about 39,074 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,267,374 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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