1988 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1988 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Top Ten Baby Names of 1988:
Jessica, Ashley, Amanda, Sarah, Jennifer, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, Joshua, Andrew

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Elle Macpherson, Jessica Rabbit

Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere, Morrissey

Jessica-Rabbit“The Quotes:”
“Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy”
– Lloyd Bentson to Dan Quayle

“Read my lips: no new taxes”
– Presidential Candidate George Bush

“Just do it”
-Nike

“It’s everywhere you want to be”
– Visa

“I’m not bad- I’m just drawn that way”
– Jessica Rabbit

Time Magazine’s Planet of the Year:
‘The Endangered’ Earth

Miss America:
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Monroe, MI)

Miss USA:
Courtney Gibbs (Texas)

The Scandals:
Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was photographed in series of hook-ups with prostitutes.

Barbara Hershey had collagen injected into her lips, a new scandalous thing at the time. There was a false rumor that, while flying in an airplane, her lips swelled and blew up. We were so naive back then.

The Morris Worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, was launched from MIT.

Rob and Fab, Milli Vanilli’s frontmen didn’t really sing, although they were considered good looking guys who could lip sync rather well. They were also smooth stage dancers.

The Lockerbie, Scotland airplane bombing, ordered by Lybia killed 270 people.

The Shroud of Turin had radiocarbon tests indicated that it was from the 13th or 14th century. It should be noted that it had been repaired, even through a fire over the past 2000 (or 600) years.

The U.S.S. Vincennes accidentally shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing 290 people.
Nerd News:

Doppler radar was invented by Christian Andreas Doppler.

Snapple lemon-flavored iced tea was distributed nation-wide.

The Soviet Union became a bit freer when Mikhail Gorbachov introduced ‘glasnost’ – allowing political expression and dissent.

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) became an Olympic Sport.

CDs out-sold vinyl records for the first time.

Seventh Generation’s nontoxic, environmentally safe household products began to be marketed.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1988: $645,000

1st appearances & 1988’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scattergories

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Last Emperor (presented in 1988)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Rain Man
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3. Coming To America
4. Big
5. Twins
6. Crocodile Dundee II
7. Die Hard
8. The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad
9. Cocktail
10. Beetlejuice

1988 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. A Different World (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. The Golden Girls (NBC)
5. Growing Pains (ABC)
6. Who’s the Boss? (ABC)
7. Night Court (NBC)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
10. Alf (NBC)

1988 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 12, 1987 January 8, 1988:
Faith – George Michael

January 9 – Januray 15:
So Emotional – Whitney Houston

January 16 – January 22:
Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison

January 23 – January 29:
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

January 30 – February 5:
Need You Tonight – INXS

February 6 – February 19:
Could’ve Been – Tiffany

February 20 – February 26:
Seasons Change – Exposé

February 27 – March 11:
Father Figure – George Michael

March 12 – March 20:
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

March 26 – April 8:
Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson

April 9 – April 22:
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

April 23 – May 6:
Where Do Broken Hearts Go – Whitney Houston

May 7 – May 13:
Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

May 14 – May 27:
Anything For You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

May 28 – July 17:
One More Try – George Michael

June 18 – July 24:
Together Forever – Rick Astley

June 25 – July 1:
Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson

July 2 – July 8:
Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

July 9 – July 22:
The Flame – Cheap Trick

July 23 – July 29:
Hold On to The Nights – Richard Marx

July 30 – August 26:
Roll With It – Steve Winwood

August 27 – September 9:
Monkey George Michael

September 10 – September 23:
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

September 24 – October 7:
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

October 8 – October 14:
Love Bites – Def Leppard

October 15 – October 21:
Red Red Wine – UB40

October 22 – November 4:
Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins

November 5 – November 11:
Kokomo – The Beach Boys

November 12 – November 18:
Wild, Wild West – The Escape Club

November 19 – December 2:
Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

December 3 – December 9:
Baby, I Love Your Way – Will To Power

December 10 – December 23:
Look Away – Chicago

December 24, 1988- January 13, 1989:
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Sports:
World Series Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
Superbowl XXII Champions: Washington Redskins
NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Edmonton Oilers
U.S. Open Golf Curtis Strange
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Mats Wilander/Steffi Graf
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Stefan Edberg/Steffi Graf
NCAA Football Champions: Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kansas
Kentucky Derby: Winning Colors

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