How many years ago was 1988?

1988 was 36 years ago.

36 years have passed between June 16th, 1988, and June 16th, 2024. It was 13,149 days ago.

How long ago was 1988?

To put into perspective how long ago 1988 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1988 are now 49–55 years old.
  • Three decades have passed since then.
  • Although the Internet existed in 1988, most people didn't even know what it was.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Cellphones were very uncommon.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • The Soviet Union still existed.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 54 inches since 1988.
  • There have been roughly 1,872 weekends since then.
  • Names such as 2Pac, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Cobain, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and R. Kelly were not famous at the time.
  • Nelson Mandela was still in prison.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Faith" by George Michael, "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston, "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison, "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, "Need You Tonight" by INXS, and "Could've Been" by Tiffany.
  • Films such as "Three Men and a Baby", "Good Morning, Vietnam", "Police Academy 5", "Biloxi Blues", "Beetlejuice", and "Colors" were playing at movie theaters in 1988.
  • The Game Boy wasn't released yet.
  • Ronald Reagan was still the President of the United States.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 162 billion miles through space since 1988.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • There was no such thing as "texting."
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • Video games such as "Super Mario Bros. 3", "Mega Man 2", "Metal Gear", "Altered Beast", "Gain Ground", and "RoboCop" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 90 centimeters since 1988.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 72–108 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 144 seasons of weather.
  • "Roseanne", "The Wonder Years", and "In the Heat of the Night" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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