December 21st, 1988, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 356 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.
31 years, 9 months and 0 days have passed since December 21st, 1988.
On This Date
Events that occurred on December 21st, 1988:
Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up by terrorists as it flies over Lockerbie in Scotland. 270 people are killed.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 21st, 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.
Take Me Back!
The date is December 21st, 1988 and it's a Wednesday. Christmas Day of 1988 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. 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. 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.
People are watching popular TV shows such as "Magnum, P.I.", "Family Ties", "Murder, She Wrote" and "Roseanne". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Tetris", "Gain Ground" and "Super Mario Bros. 3". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Jem and the Holograms", "ALF" and "Count Duckula".
Popular toys include the likes of "Water Ring Toss", "Commodore 64", "Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)" and "Micro Machines".
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 December 21st, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Rain Man" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
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 and information about this date:
31 years, 9 months and 0 days have passed since December 21st, 1988.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 21st, 1988, will be 31 years of age.
People born in 1988 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 598665600.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around December 21st, 1988:
December 22nd, 1988: Trade union leader and environmentalist, Chico Mendes, is assassinated in Xapuri, Brazil.
January 20th, 1989: George H. W. Bush is inaugerated as the 41st President of the United States.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 21st, 1988, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
Zodiac Element: Fire.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
Native American Zodiac: December 21st, 1988 falls under the Owl.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
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.
The Golden Girls - Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
ThunderCats - Animated series based on a group of half-human half-cat aliens.
1988 - Kid's TV
Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"
1988 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1988:
Hot Looks (fashion model dolls)
Garbage Pail Kids (trading cards)
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
My Little Pony (figures)
Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
Big wheel (tricycle)
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Water Ring Toss
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 21st of December:
Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States on December 21st, 1988.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on December 21st, 1988 was probably conceived around the 13th of March, 1988. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 21st, 1988 is the 30th of September, 1989. (Rough Estimate).
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.
Gain Ground - Action-strategy arcade game.
Altered Beast - Beat 'em up arcade game.
- 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.
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about December 21st, 1988.
11,598 days have passed since this date.
1,002,063,600 seconds have passed since the December 21st, 1988.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,169,074,200 times.
Since December 21st, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 517,064,817,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 167,010,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 86,177,470 steps. That's about 38,301 miles!
Since this date, 12,024,763 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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