Fun Facts from 1988


Do You Remember These?



Top Songs for 1988
Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses     Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison    
Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley     Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car by Billy Ocean    
Roll with It by Steve Winwood     Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson    
One More Try by George Michael     Look Away by Chicago    
Anything for You by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine     The Flame by Cheap Trick    

Top 40 Chart List - 1988

1. Faith - George Michael
2. Need You Tonight - INXS
3. Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
4. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
5. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
6. So Emotional - Whitney Houston
7. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
8. Could've Been - Tiffany
9. Hands To Heaven - Breathe
10. Roll With It - Steve Winwood
11. One More Try - George Michael
12. Wishing Well - Terence Trent d'Arby
13. Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
14. The Flame - Cheap Trick
15. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
16. Seasons Change - Expose
17. Is This Love - Whitesnake
18. Wild Wild West - Escape Club
19. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
20. I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
21. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
22. Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
23. Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
24. Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx
25. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carnen
26. Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
27. Father Figure - George Michael
28. Naught Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox
29. A Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins
30. Love Bites - Def Leppard
31. Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
32. Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
33. Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
34. Angel - Aerosmith
35. Hazy Shade Of Winter - Bangles
36. The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
37. Don't Worry - Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
38. Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carnen
39. Red Red Wine - UB40
40. She's Like The Wind - Patric Swayze



 Go ahead.  You know you want to sing.





1988 Prices US President
Bread:  $0.61/loaf Ronald Reagan
Milk:  $2.00/gal US Vice President
Eggs:  $1.13/doz George Bush
Car:  $14,065 Academy Award Winners
Gas:  $0.96/gal
Best Picture: Rain Man
  Produced By United Artists
Best Actor: Duston Hoffman
  in Rain Man
Best Actress: Jodie Foster
  in The Accused
House:  $138,300
Stamp:  $0.25/ea
Avg Income:  $38,608/yr
Min Wage:  $3.35/hr
DOW Avg:    2,169

 I want to go back just to get some gas.  Are you serious!!!!




 Top Ten Grossing Movies for 1988

# 1
Rain Man
# 2
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
# 3
Coming to America
# 4
# 5
# 6
Crocodile Dundee II
# 7
Die Hard
# 8
# 9
The Naked Gun:
From the Files of Police Squad!
# 10
Oliver & Company


How many of these did you go see back then?



On TV in 1988
The Golden Girls    Married... With Children    Murphy Brown   
The Wonder Years    China Beach    Star Trek: The Next Generation   
L.A. Law    Roseanne    The Cosby Show   

 Awwww Peg, do I gotta?



 Other Trivial Facts from 1988


February 21, 1988 In one of the most memorable moments of the Awesome80s, Jimmy Swaggart tearfully claimed, "I have sinned against you" in a scripted program designed to elicit sympathy from his followers after it is revealed that the TV minister had  been hooking up with hookers.
February 24, 1988 Jerry Falwell's attempts to win $200,000 from Hustler magazine over a cartoon ended in failure when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court's judgment on free speech grounds.
March 16, 1988 Iran-Contra defendants John Poindexter and Oliver North are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
April 4, 1988 Arizona Governor Evan Mecham is removed from office following impeachment (and a voter-lead recall) for diversion of state money and for generally embarrassing residents of the state nearly every time he opened his mouth.
April 14, 1988 Soviet Union announces it will withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which will end the nine year old conflict.
June 28, 1988 The Defense Attache of the U.S. Embassy in Greece was killed when a car bomb was detonated outside his home in Athens.
July 3, 1988 The Navy's U.S.S. Vincennes mistakenly shoots down an Iranian
airliner killing 290 people.
July 6, 1988 Long Island beaches close due to medical waste coming ashore.
August 1988 Iran-Iraqi war ends.
August 20, 1988 Fires in Yellowstone National Park burn over 160,000 acres in one day.
September 10-17, 1988 Hurricane Gilbert in the Caribbean & Gulf of Mexico leaves 260 dead.
September 27, 1988 Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson is stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for banned steroids.
September 29, 1988 NASA resumes Space Shuttle flights, which have been grounded since the Challenger disaster.
November 8, 1988 George Bush Sr. wins the presidency by a comfortable margin over
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
November 15, 1988 First and only flight of the Soviet space shuttle.
December 7, 1988 An earthquake in Armenia leaves over 25,000 dead.
December 21, 1988 Pan American Airlines Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb believed to have been placed on the aircraft in Frankfurt, West Germany, by Libyan terrorists. All 259 people on board were killed in addition to 11 on the ground.
1988 No Specific Dates - CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever.
- Summer Olympics in Seoul, South-Korea; Ben Johnson caught for steroids after setting a World Record in the 100 meter dash.
- US advertising is permitted on Soviet TV.
- The first plutonium pacemaker is made.
- Sonny Bono becomes Mayor in Palm Springs.
- Robin Givens files for divorce from Mike Tyson.




Hot New Toys in 1988
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures    Micro Machines    Super Soaker   
Power Drencher    Dino Riders   

Yes Master Splinter, we understand!