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How many years ago was 1988?

1988 was 35 years ago from today.

A total of 35 years have passed between January 27th, 1988, and January 27th, 2023. It was 12,784 days ago.

However, the last calendar date of that year fell on December 31st, 1988. This means that, technically speaking, only 34 full years have passed since 1988 ended.

How long ago was 1988?

To put into perspective how long ago 1988 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1988 are now 48–54 years old.
  • Three decades have passed since then.
  • Although the Internet existed in 1988, most people didn't even know what it was.
  • People back then 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 in 1988 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 52 inches since 1988.
  • There have been roughly 1,820 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.
  • "Roseanne", "The Wonder Years" and "In the Heat of the Night" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.
  • 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 158 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 88 centimeters since 1988.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 70–105 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 140 seasons of weather.

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