December 30th, 1988

December 30th, 1988, fell on a Friday. It was day 365 of 1988. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 3 months and 21 days have passed since December 30th, 1988.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 30th, 1988:

  • United States: Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
  • United Kingdom: Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard

Movie Box Office

Which movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "Rain Man" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is December 30th, 1988 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

Christmas Day of 1988 has just passed and many people are relaxing at home and enjoying the holiday season. In America, the song Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison 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 Rain Man 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 "Dallas", "The Equalizer", "Married... with Children" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Duck Hunt", "Tetris" and "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "ThunderCats" and "Growing Pains". Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Big wheel (tricycle)", "My Little Pony (figures)" and "Sylvanian Families".


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 30th, 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, 3 months and 21 days have passed since December 30th, 1988.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 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 30th, 1988, will be 32 years of age.
  • People born in 1988 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 599443200.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 30th, 1988:

  • 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.
  • December 16th, 1988: Rain Man (1988) is released in cinemas.
  • December 16th, 1988: Disco singer "Sylvester" dies from AIDS.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 30th, 1988
  • January 5th, 1989: Pop star Madonna files for divorce from actor Senn Penn for the second and final time.
  • January 20th, 1989: George H. W. Bush is inaugerated as the 41st President of the United States.
  • January 22nd, 1989: Super Bowl XXIII: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals by 20-16 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.
  • January 24th, 1989: Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 30th, 1988, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1988 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 30th, 1988 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would 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.
  • 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.

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
  • 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:

  • 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)
  • Commodore 64
  • Fisher-Price Little People (Farm)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Mega Man 2 - Second installment in the Mega Man series. Released on the NES.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 30th of December:


Weather

Weather information for December 30th, 1988:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.6 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. There were 5 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 23.5 degrees Fahrenheit. -4.72 degrees Celsius. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 5.08cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 7.56 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on December 30th, 1988?

  • Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 30th, 1988?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 30th, 1988 was probably conceived around the 22nd of March, 1988. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 30th, 1988 is the 9th of October, 1989. (Rough Estimate).

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 30th, 1988.

  • 11,800 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,019,516,400 seconds have passed since the December 30th, 1988.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,189,435,800 times.
  • Since December 30th, 1988, earth has travelled approximately 526,070,462,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 169,919,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 87,678,410 steps. That's about 38,968 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,234,197 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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