1988 facts for kids

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Millennium: 2nd millennium
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Years: 1985 1986 198719881989 1990 1991

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar.




  • Ankst music label founded.
  • Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • February 13Michael Jackson purchases a ranch in Santa Ynez, California. He calls his new home "Neverland".
  • February 17 – A 12-year old Mötley Crüe fan in Florida is badly burned while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" music video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Mötley Crüe issued a statement saying the band's stunts should not be tried at home.
  • March 12Record producer Jimmy Iovine presents the Special Olympics with a donation of $5 million, which was raised with the release of the A Very Special Christmas album.
  • April 19 – Former rock and roll singer Sonny Bono is inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, California
  • July 1 – Quartetto Cetra's last concert.
  • September 16 – rapper Eazy-E releases his first album Eazy-Duz-It.
  • November 1 – Bad Religion releases Suffer, which is considered one of the band's best known works in the history of punk music, along with its follow-up No Control, which came out a year later.
  • Hurricane Gilbert strikes the Caribbean, Mexico and south Texas.
  • November 24 – Mystery Science Theater 3000 premieres.
  • December 7 – A powerful earthquake hits Armenia.
  • December 21 – A Pan-Am airplane explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing more than 270 people.
  • "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" experiences a surge in popularity sparked by television commercials featuring claymation raisin figures dancing to the song. The California Raisins version of the song peaks at No. 84 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Movies released

  • The Great Outdoors
  • Rambo III
  • Willow
  • Young Guns
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Die Hard
  • Cocktail
  • The Cat Came Back
  • Twins
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Hit songs

  • "Tell It To My Heart" – Taylor Dayne
  • "New Sensation" – INXS
  • "I Should Be So Lucky" – Kylie Minogue
  • "Kokomo" – The Beach Boys
  • "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
  • "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" – Belinda Carlie
  • "Simply Irristable" – Robert Palmer
  • "Man in the Mirror" – Michael Jackson
  • "Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car)" – Billy Ocean
  • "Anything for You" – Gloria Estefan
  • "Saved By Love" – Amy Grant
  • "Lead Me On" – Amy Grant
  • "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" – Poison
  • "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
  • "Look Away" – Chicago
  • "Johnny B. Goode" – Judas Priest
  • "One More Try" – George Michael
  • "Roll With It" – Steve Winwood
  • "Sweet Child O' Mine" – Guns N' Roses
  • "Theme from S-Express" – S-Express
  • "Mountain Song" – Jane's Addiction
  • "Got My Mind Set On You" – George Harrison
  • "1-2-3" – Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
  • "Forever Young" – Rod Stewart
  • "Is this Love" – Whitesnake
  • "I Get Weak" – Belinda Carlisle
  • "The Promise" – When In Rome
  • "When You Put Your Heart In It" – Kenny Rogers

New books

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