1988 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1988 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1988:

  • World Changing Event: The Morris worm was one of the first computer worms distributed via the Internet, on November 2, 1988.
  • The Top Song was Roll With It by Steve Winwood
  • Influential Songs include: It Takes Two by Rob Base & E-Z Rock, Push It by Salt N Pepa, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N Roses
  • The Movies to Watch include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rain Man, Coming to America, Big, Die Hard, Beaches, Beetlejuice, Cocktail and A Fish Called Wanda
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Roseanne Barr
  • Notable books include: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice and Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Price of a Little Tykes Turtle Sandbox in 1988: $34.99
    Price of a movie ticket: $4.00
  • Animated film The Land Before Time was executive produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
  • The Funny Guy was: Dennis Miller
    The Funny Lady: Roseanne Barr
  • The Unexpected Celebrity Crossover: Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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”

“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.

Pop Culture 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

Doomsday Clock:
6 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
1988: “The United States and Soviet Union sign the historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the first agreement to actually ban a whole category of nuclear weapons. The leadership shown by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev makes the treaty a reality, but public opposition to U.S. nuclear weapons in Western Europe inspires it. For years, such intermediate-range missiles had kept Western Europe in the crosshairs of the two superpowers.”

Nobel Prize Winners:
Physics – Leon M. Lederman, Melvin Schwartz, Jack Steinberger
Chemistry – Johann Deisenhofer, Robert Huber, Hartmut Michel
Medicine – Sir James W. Black, Gertrude B. Elion, George H. Hitchings
Literature – Naguib Mahfouz
Peace – The United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces.
The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Maurice Allais

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

Popular and Notable Books From 1988:
Alaska by James A. Michener
The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) by Paulo Coelho
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
To Be the Best by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tim Wolfe
The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy
The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum
The Magic Locket by Elizabeth Koda-Callan
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Mitla Pass by Leon Uris
One by Richard Bach
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Till We Meet Again by Judith Krantz
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
Zoya by Danielle Steel

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

Broadway Show – The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) Opened on January 26, 1988

East End Show – Blood Brothers (Musical) Opened on July 28, 1988 and Closed: November 10, 2012

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

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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