The 16th of December, 1988, fell on a Friday. Day 351 of 1988. Decade: 1980s.
31 years, 1 months and 6 days have passed since the 16th of December, 1988.
On This Date
Events that occurred on the 16th of December, 1988:
Rain Man (1988) is released in cinemas.
Born On This Date
People who were born on this exact date:
Born on this exact date: Mats Hummels: German soccer player.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on the 16th of December, 1988:
United States: Look Away - Chicago
United Kingdom: Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard
Movie Box Office
What movie was on top of the box office?
The movie "The Naked Gun" was at the top of the box office on this date.
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on the 16th of December, 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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
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.
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.
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of December:
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
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.
The Equalizer - About a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.
Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.
Super Mario Bros. 3 - Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Final Fantasy - The first game in the Final Fantasy series.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about the 16th of December, 1988.
11,360 days have passed since this date.
981,504,000 seconds have passed since the 16th of December, 1988.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,145,088,000 times.
Since the 16th of December, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 506,456,064,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 163,584,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 84,409,344 steps. That's about 37,515 miles!
Since this date, 11,778,048 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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