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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, 11 months and 12 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.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 16th, 1988.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Look Away - Chicago
  • Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley - Will To Power
  • How Can I Fall? - Breathe
  • I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
  • Giving You The Best That I Got - Anita Baker
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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 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruhollah Khomeini, Mel Blanc and Rebecca Schaeffer would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "Sherlock Holmes", "Miami Vice" and "Married... with Children".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Paperboy", "Super Mario Bros. 3" and "RoboCop". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Fireman Sam", "Denver, the Last Dinosaur" and "Noozles". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Speak & Spell, Screwball Scramble, Pogo ball / Lolo ball and Micro Machines.

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.

  • Gangsta rap is becoming a thing.

    Gangsta rap is becoming a thing.

    West Coast Gangsta Rap was beginning to take off during this period. NWA released their popular album "Straight Outta Compton" on August 8th, 1988.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

    In the late 1980s, a new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" started to become fashionable.

  • Late 1980s fashion.

    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.

  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds.

    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.

  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item.

    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.

  • 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 the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 32 years, 11 months and 12 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 16th, 1988: Benazir Bhutto is elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 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 6th, 1988: American singer Roy Orbison dies from a heart attack at the age of 52.
  • 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.
  • January 10th, 1989: American rock band Guns N' Roses release their song "Paradise City".

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.

TV shows from December, 1988.

Roseanne
Roseanne
Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.

In the Heat of the Night
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
The Wonder Years
A TV show that was set in the late sixties.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.

Full House
Full House
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.

My Two Dads
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.

Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Matlock
Matlock
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Moonlighting
Moonlighting
Comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Kate & Allie
Kate & Allie
Comedy TV series.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Family Ties
Family Ties
Sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

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.

Kids' TV shows on December 16th, 1988.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1988.

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 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

Popular toys and games in 1988.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1988.

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)

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

RoboCop 1988
RoboCop
Released for arcade, the Amstrad, the NES and the Spectrum.

Super Mario Bros. 3 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3
Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground
Action-strategy arcade game.

Altered Beast 1988
Altered Beast
Beat 'em up arcade game.

Final Fantasy 1987
Final Fantasy
The first game in the Final Fantasy series.

Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Graphic adventure game.

Platoon 1987
Platoon
Action game that was based on the film of the same name.

Top Gun 1987
Top Gun
Released for the NES.

Metroid 1987
Metroid
Action-adventure game that was released for the NES.

Double Dragon 1987
Double Dragon
Beat-em up game.

Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 16th, 1994 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 16th.

Xander Berkeley

Actor.
Born on December 16th, 1955
He turned 33 on this day in 1988.

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on December 16th, 1961
He turned 27 on this day in 1988.

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 March 25th, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1988 is close to September 8th, 1989.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 12,035 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,719 weeks have passed.
  • 1,039,824,000 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,213,128,000 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1988, the earth has travelled approximately 536,549,184,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 173,304,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 89,424,864 steps. That's about 39,744 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,477,888 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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