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1988 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1988 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
Superbowl XXII Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Mats Wilander/Steffi Graf|
|Stefan Edberg/Steffi Graf|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1988 - Miami (Florida)
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1988 - Michigan State over USC
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1988 - Syracuse over Auburn
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Great Elms Prince Charming II|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|'The Endangered' Earth|
|Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Monroe, MI)|
|Courtney Gibbs (Texas)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Carol Alt, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Cindy Crawford, Rebecca DeMornay, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, Linda Evans, Debbie Gibson, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Susannah Hoffs, Kathy Ireland, Tawny Kitaen, Audrey Landers, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Traci Lords, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Bettie Page (revival), Paulina Porizkova, Priscilla Presley, Princess Diana, Linnea Quigley, Jessica Rabbit, Molly Ringwald, Katey Sagal, Stephanie Seymour, Brooke Shields, Heather Thomas, Cheryl Tiegs, Tiffany, Christy Turlington|
you are no Jack Kennedy"
- Lloyd Bentson to Dan Quayle
"Read my lips: no new taxes"
- Presidential Candidate George Bush
"Just do it"
"Itís everywhere you want to be"
"I'm not bad- I'm just drawn that way"
- Jessica Rabbit
George Lucas gave a speech in 1988 to Congress about the need to protect films from being altered. "People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians."
1988 Pop Culture History
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of comedy by citing that the first ammendment covers the use of political figures in satire.
Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most
hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated
Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|The Lockerbie, Scotland airplane bombing, ordered by
Libya, killed 270 people.
James Brown, while high on PCP, was involved in a high-speed chase with the police. He was eventually convicted of assaulting an officer and possession of an unlicensed firearm, among other charges. He spent three years in prison
Actor Gary Busey was in a severe motorcycle accident. Busey, not wearing a helmet, was in a coma for 33 days. In 2008, a psychiatrist determined that the accident caused brain damage and that is why he is considered to have an eerie and bizarre persona.
Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson located the shipwreck of the SS Central America which sank in 1857 carrying 21 tons of gold. Investors sued after he sold $40 million worth of gold & kept it for himself. He went on the run in 2012 after failing to appear in court, but was caught in 2015.
Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was photographed in series of hook-ups with prostitutes.
In the elections for mayor of Rio de Janeiro in 1988 the population was so unhappy with politicians, that a well-known monkey of the local zoo received over 400,000 votes.
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 Soviet Union cancelled history exams in 1988 because increased government transparency had revealed that the textbooks were filled with lies.
Philly reputed gangster Jackie DiNorscio, in the longest criminal trial in US history, fired his lawyer, defended himself and through charm, wit and no legal experience, convinced a jury to acquit him and 19 other defendants of charges of loansharking, extortion, trafficking, arson and murder.
Cosmopolitan claimed that unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man did not put women at risk of infection and that it was impossible to transmit HIV in the missionary position.
Pete Maravich. During an interview in 1974, he said, "I don't want to play 10 years (in the NBA) and then die of a heart attack when I'm 40."
He died of a heart attack in 1988, at age 40, after his 10 year career in the NBA.
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, but were disqualified for the Grammy they won as Best New Artsist.
At the Opening Ceremonies for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, a large group of doves were released to symbolize peace. The world watched in horror a few minutes later when those doves were cooked alive when the Opening Ceremony cauldron was ignited.
There was a weight loss option in the 1980's that with the unfortunate name "Ayds" - literally pronounced "AIDS". A name change in 1988 did not help, and it went out of business shorty thereafter. "Ayds Reducing Plan vitamin and mineral Candy"
C. Everett Koop sent every household in America a booklet on HIV/AIDS education, despit protests from BOTH political parties. With 107 million households delivered, it remains the largest public health mailing ever done.
Timothy C. May coined the term 'The Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse', referring to terrorists, pedophiles, drug dealers and money launderers, which are brought up in order to justify the regulation of the internet.
The Reagans lived at 666 St. Cloud Rd but had the address changed to 668 St. Cloud Rd following the 1988 election. #Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
Britain's Prince Philip expressed the wish that, should he be reincarnated, he would want to be a deadly virus that would reduce world population.
A ten-year-old Michagan girl named Sarah York traveled to Panama to meet with her Panamanian pen pal, the infamous military leader Manuel Noriega. Her parents were criticized for allowing her to visit Panama, and for encouraging her friendship with Noriega.
The U.S.S. Vincennes accidently shot down an Iranian civilian arliner, killng 290 people.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Scattergories, Super Mario Bros. video game
Nintendo Power Magazine (1988-2012)
|Reading The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy|
1988/89 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. A Different World (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. Cheers (NBC)
5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. Who's the Boss? (ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Empty Nest (NBC)
10. Anything But Love (ABC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1988 include
Anita Baker, Al B. Sure!, Billy Ocean, Bobby Brown, Bobby McFerrin, The Boys, Breathe, Cheap Trick, Cherrelle, Chicago, Debbie Gibson, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Def Leppard, Elton John, George Harrison, George Michael, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Guns N' Roses, INXS, Karyn White, Kool Moe Dee, Keith Sweat, Levert, Luther Vandross, Micheal Jackson, New Edition, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Pet Shop Boys, Phil Collins, Poison, Prince, Richard Marx, Rick Astley, Sade, Salt-N-Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Steve Winwood, Surface, Taylor Dayne, Terence Trent D'Arby, Tiffany, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Van Halen, Whitney Houston
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1988
|December 12, 1987 - January 8, 1988: George Michael
January 9, 1988 - January 15, 1988: Whitney Houston - So Emotional
January 16, 1988 - January 22, 1988: George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
January 23, 1988 - January 29, 1988: Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel
January 30, 1988 - February 5, 1988: INXS - Need You Tonight
February 6, 1988 - February 19, 1988: Tiffany - Could've Been
February 20, 1988 - February 26, 1988: Exposť - Seasons Change
February 27, 1988 - March 11, 1988: George Michael - Father Figure
March 12, 1988 - March 25, 1988: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
March 26, 1988 - April 8, 1988: Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
April 9, 1988 - April 22, 1988: Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
April 23, 1988 - May 6, 1988: Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go
May 7, 1988 - May 13, 1988: Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well
May 14, 1988 - May 27, 1988: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
May 28, 1988 - June 17, 1988: George Michael - One More Try
June 18, 1988 - June 24, 1988: Rick Astley - Together Forever
June 25, 1988 - July 1, 1988: Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat
July 2, 1988 - July 8, 1988: Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
July 9, 1988 - July 22, 1988: Cheap Trick - The Flame
July 23, 1988 - July 29, 1988: Richard Marx - Hold On to the Nights
July 30, 1988 - August 26, 1988: Steve Winwood - Roll with It
August 27, 1988 - September 9, 1988: George Michael - Monkey
September 10, 1988 - September 23, 1988: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
September 24, 1988 - October 7, 1988: Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
October 8, 1988 - October 14, 1988: Def Leppard - Love Bites
October 15, 1988 - October 21, 1988: UB40 - Red Red Wine
October 22, 1988 - November 4, 1988: Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind of Love
November 5, 1988 - November 11, 1988: The Beach Boys - Kokomo
November 12, 1988 - November 18, 1988: The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
November 19, 1988 - December 2, 1988: Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
December 3, 1988 - December 9, 1988: Will to Power - Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley (Free Baby)
December 10, 1988 - December 23, 1988: Chicago - Look Away
December 24, 1988 - January 13, 1989: Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
(according to boxofficemojo)
A Fish Called Wanda, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Akira, Beaches, Beetlejuice, Big, Bull Durham, Cocktail, Colors,Coming To America, Crocodile Dundee II, Die Hard, Heathers, The Land Before Time, License to Drive, Mystic Pizza, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Oliver & Company, Rain Man, Rambo III, Scrooged, Stand and Deliver, They Live, Twins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Willow, Working Girl, Young Guns
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