List of events that occured during the Year 1988

____________Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President:________George Bush
Life Expectancy:______74.9 years
Dow-Jones   High:_____2,183
Federal spending:_____$1064.14 billion
Federal debt:_________$2601.3 billion
Consumer Price Index:__118.3

Cost of a New Home:___________$138,300.00
Cost of a New Car:_____________$18,000.00
Median Household Income:______$27,225.00
Cost of a first-class Stamp:______$0.22 ($0.25 as of 4/3/88)
Cost of a gallon of Regular Gas:__$1.09
Cost of a dozen Eggs:___________$0.89
Cost of a gallon of Milk:________$2.30

The greenhouse effect is discovered.


Sonny Bono becomes mayor of Palm Springs


Yo! MTV Raps debuts.


Lionel Richie's wife was arrested for assaulting Lionel and a model she found him with.


Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson get hitched.


#1 Song of The Year: Roll With It - Steve Winwood.


"She's Like The Wind" (from Dirty Dancing soundtrack) shows Patrick Swayze can sing as well as dance and act.


Salt N Pepa get their breakthrough hit with "Push It".


Julia Roberts hits the big screen in her first breakthrough role in Mystic Pizza.


Spuds Mackenzie becomes the original party animal.


Oprah Winfrey is the hottest talk show in America.


The new Suzuki Samurai gets bad reputation for flipping over when turning corners.


Penny Loafers with a penny in them and Levis with the cuffs rolled up were the fashion statements of the year.


U2 records Rattle and Hum album and then later the documentary.


Flying chair thrown by skinhead hits Geraldo in the nose on his self titled talk show. 


CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever.


Soviets leave Afghanistan


Jimmy Swaggart admits to being with prostitutes.


Summer Olympics in Seoul, South-Korea; Ben Johnson caught for steriods after setting a World Record in the 100 meter dash.


Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Lybian terrorists are suspected of planting the bomb


Earthquake in the USSR


Prozac is introduced as an anti-depresent.


US advertising is permitted on Soviet TV


The first plutonium pacemaker is made.


World's longest undersea tunnel is completed. Work begins on the Chunnel which will then become the world's longest undersea tunnel.


Robin Givens files for divorce from Mike Tyson


Benazir Bhutto becomes the first woman to head an Islamic nation


Willie Horton ads during the '88 re-election


Dukakis loses to the "Read My Lips" guy, he's never heard from again.


Long Island beaches close due to medical waste coming ashore July 6th.


Iran-Iraqi war ends in August.


Human Genome project begins.


Soviets withdraw from Afghanastan.


Australia celebrates it's bicentenary


Fires in Yellowstone National Park. The rains didn't come when expected but months later.


The Digital Disc Playback (DDP) system uses uncompressed digital sound.


Sony introduces the Pocket Discman.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit? feature film combines live action, animation.


Stephen Hawking's explanation of the Universe, A Brief History of Time.


First transatlantic telephone call over fiber optics line.


Government brochure mailed to 107 million addresses.


Prodigy dial-up service.


The first Nobel Prize in literature written in Arabic won by Naguib Mahfouz.


Tenn. Sen. Albert Gore proposes U.S. research and education network.


Self-service fax machine can be accessed by credit card.


"Hacker" and "Worm" enter the Internet lexicon. First data crime reported.


The TV show Roseanne breaks ground with a plain-talking blue collar family.


Steve Jobs offers the futuristic NeXT computer.


Internet T1 backbone completed; soon proves inadequate for traffic surge.


98% of U.S. homes have at least one television set.

Top Television Programs From 1988

  1. The Cosby Show

  2. A Different World

  3. Cheers

  4. Growing Pains (Tuesday)

  5. Night Court

  6. The Golden Girls

  7. Who's The Boss

  8. 60 Minutes

  9. Murder, She Wrote

10. The Wonder Years

11. ALF

12. Moonlighting (tie)

12. L.A. Law (tie)

14. N.F.L. Monday Night Football

15. Matlock (tie)

15. Growing Pains  (tie)

17. Amen

18. Family Ties

19. Hunter

20. The CBS Sunday Night Movie

Debuts On Tv In 1988

The Wonder Years

Garfield and Friends, a Saturday-morning animation series based on the popular comic strip character, debuts on CBS

Empty Nest, a spinoff of The Golden Girls, premieres on NBC


Murphy Brown

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has its TV premiere

America's Most Wanted

The American Experience

Home and Away

This Morning

48 Hours


TV Shows Ending This Year In 1988

Truth or Consequences

The Facts of Life

Magnum, P.I.

Solid Gold

Simon & Simon

Cagney & Lacey

St. Elsewhere

Fraggle Rock

Punky Brewster

Tales from the Darkside

What's Happening Now

The Academy Awards

Host: Chevy Chase

Location: Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA


Best Picture                              The Last Emperor

Best Actor in a Leading Role         Michael Douglas (Wall Street)

Best Actress in a Leading Role        Moonstruck  - Cher

Best Actor in a Supporting Role     The  Untouchables  - Sean Connery

Best Actress in a Supporting Role   Moonstruck - Olympia Dukakis

Best Director                              The Last Emperor - Bernardo Bertolucci

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

   Moonstruck - John Patrick Shanley

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

  The Last Emperor  - Mark Peploe; Bernardo Bertolucci

Best Cinematography                   The Last Emperor  - Vittorio Storaro

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

  The Last Emperor  - Ferdinando Scarfiotti; Bruno Cesari; Osvaldo Desideri


Best Costume Design        The Last Emperor  - James Acheson

Best Sound                       The Last Emperor  - Bill Rowe ; Ivan Sharrock

Best Film Editing               The Last Emperor  - Gabriella Cristiani

Best Effects, Visual Effects

   Innerspace  - Dennis Muren; Bill George; Harley Jessup; Kenneth Smith


Best Makeup                    Harry and the Hendersons  - Rick Baker

Best Music, Original Song

   Dirty Dancing (1987) - Frankie Previte (music); John DeNicola (music); 

Donald Markowitz (music); Frankie Previte (lyrics)

- For the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".

Best Music, Original Score


  The Last Emperor  - Ryuichi Sakamoto; David Byrne (I); Cong Su

- Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su were not present at the awards ceremony.


Special Achievement Award

   RoboCop  - Stephen Hunter Flick; John Pospisil

- For sound effects editing.


The 1988 Golden Globes


Best Picture/Drama                           RAIN MAN


Best Picture/ Musical or Comedy     WORKING GIRL


Best actor/Drama                             Dustin Hoffman, RAIN MAN


Best Actor/Musical or Comedy        Tom Hanks, BIG


Best Actress/Drama                         Jodie Foster, THE ACCUSED


Best Actress/Musical Or Comedy     Melanie Griffith, WORKING GIRL


Best Supporting Actor



Best Supporting Actress                Sigourney Weaver, WORKING GIRL


Best Director                                Clint Eastwood, BIRD


Best Screenplay                           Naomi Foner RUNNING ON EMPTY


Best Original Score                 Maurice Jarre, GORILLAS IN THE MIST


Best Original Song

"Let The River Run," WORKING GIRL, Music and Lyrics by Carly Simon

Top Grossing Movies For 1988


Gross (Dollars)                      Movie

$172,825,435.00                     Rain Man

$154,222,492.00                     Who Framed Roger Rabbit

$128,152,300.00                     Coming to America

$114,968,774.00                     Big

$111,936,400.00                     Twins

$109,305,000.00                     Crocodile' Dundee II

  $81,350,242.00                     Die Hard

  $78,222,753.00                     Cocktail

  $78,041,829.00           The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

  $73,450,885.00                     Oliver & Company

Movies Released In 1988

Good Morning, Vietnam                               Dead Heat

Return of the Living Dead Part II                   The Couch Trip

The Serpent and the Rainbow                       Action Jackson

School Daze                                                 Hairspray

Bloodsport                                                   Moving

Vice Versa                                                   Johnny Be Good
Biloxi Blues

Beetle Juice                                                  Bright Lights, Big City

Above the Law                                             Two Moon Junction

Casual Sex?                                                 Critters 2: The Main Course

Willow                                                         Slaughterhouse Rock

'Crocodile' Dundee II                                   Rambo III

Killer Klowns from Outer Space                   Big

Poltergeist III                                               Red Heat

Bull Durham                                                 Waxwork

The Great Outdoors                                     Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Coming to America                                       License to Drive

Short Circuit 2                                              Phantasm II

Arthur 2: On the Rocks                                 Midnight Run

A Fish Called Wanda                                   The Dead Pool

Die Hard                                                      Caddyshack II

Big Top Pee-wee                                         Cocktail

Vibes                                                           The Blob

Young Guns                                                 Married to the Mob

Hot to Trot                                                   Eight Men Out

Night of the Demons                                     Running on Empty

Dead Man Walking                                      Gorillas in the Mist

Dead Ringers                                               Big Time

Bird                                                             Iacob

Alien Nation                                                Punchline

The Accused                                               Without a Clue

Bat*21                                                        Feds

They Live                                                    Child's Play

Ernest Saves Christmas                                Iron Eagle II

Good Intentions                                           Oliver & Company

Cocoon: The Return                                     Scrooged

Dakota                                                        Tequila Sunrise

Mississippi Burning                                       Twins

Rain Man                                                     Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka                             Dangerous Liaisons

Working Girl                                                Beaches

Hellbound: Hellraiser II                                 Starrcade
Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

US Top 100 Singles for 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

                                              Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine

14  THE FLAME                                   Cheap Trick


16  SEASONS CHANGE                      Expose

17  IS THIS LOVE                                Whitesnake

18  WILD, WILD WEST                       The 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                     Debbbie Gibson

23  SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE                Robert Palmer
24  HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS          Richard Marx

25  HUNGRY EYES                              Eric Carmen

26  SHATTERED DREAMS                  Johnny Hates

27  FATHER FIGURE                           George Michael

28  NAUGHTY GIRLS (Need Love Too) Samantha Fox

29  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           The Bangles

36  THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL  Michael Jackson

37  DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY          Bobby McFerrin

38  MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL         Eric Carmen

39  RED RED WINE                               UB40

40  SHE'S LIKE THE WIND     Patrick Swayze Featuring Wendy Frazer

41  BAD MEDICINE                              Bon Jovi

42  KOKOMO                                       The Beach Boys


44  TOGETHER FOREVER                   Rick Astley

45  MONKEY                                        George Michael

46  DEVIL INSIDE                                 INXS

47  SHOULD'VE KNOWN BETTER     Richard Marx


49  THE LOCO-MOTION                      Kylie Minogue


51  MAKE IT REAL                               The Jets

52  WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND (Pure Energy)         Information Society

53  TELL IT TO MY HEART                 Taylor Dayne

54  OUT OF THE BLUE                        Debbie Gibson

55  DON'T YOU WANT ME                 Jody Wately

56  DESIRE                                            U2

57  I GET WEAK                                   Belinda Carlisle

58  SIGN YOUR NAME                       Terance Trent D'Arby 
59  I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN         Roger
60  GIRLFRIEND                                  Pebbles

61  DIRTY DIANA                               Michael Jackson
62  1-2-3                               Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine

63  MERCEDES BOY                          Pebbles

64  PERFECT WORLD                        Huey Lewis and the News 
65  NEW SENSATION                        INXS

66  CATCH ME (I'm Falling)                 Pretty Poison

67  IF IT ISN'T LOVE                          New Edition

68  ROCKET 2 U                                 The Jets

69  ONE GOOD WOMAN                  Peter Cetera

70  DON'T BE CRUEL                         Cheap Trick

71  CANDLE IN THE WIND               Elton John


73  SAY YOU WILL                            Foreigner

74  I WANT HER                                 Keith Sweat

75  PINK CADILLAC                         Natalie Cole

76  FAST CAR                                    Tracy Chapman

77  ELECTRIC BLUE                          Icehouse

78  THE VALLEY ROAD                    Bruce Hornsby and the Range

79  DON'T BE CRUEL                        Bobby Brown

80  ALWAYS ON MY MIND             The Pet Shop Boys

81  PIANO IN THE DARK          Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito

82  WHEN IT'S LOVE                         Van Halen

83  DON'T SHED A TEAR                   Paul Carrack

84  WE'LL BE TOGETHER                  Sting

85  I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU  Joan Jett & the Blackhearts


87  NITE AND DAY                             Al B. Sure!

Steve Winwood

89  ONE MOMENT IN TIME               Whitney Houston


           Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine

91  KISSING A FOOL                          George Michael

92  CHERRY BOMB                             John Mellenkamp

93  I STILL BELIEVE                            Brenda K. Starr

94  I FOUND SOMEONE                    Cher

95  NEVER TEAR US APART              INXS

96  VALERIE                                         Steve Winwood

97  JUST LIKE PARADISE                   David Lee Roth

98  NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME      Poison

99  WAIT                                               White Lion

100  PROVE YOUR LOVE                   Taylor Dayne

Albums released In 1988

AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video

Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl

Tori Amos - Y Kant Tori Read

Anthrax - State Of Euphoria

Anvil - Pound For Pound

Armored Saint - Saints Will Conquer

Pat Benatar - Wide Awake In Dreamland

Black N' Blue - In Heat

Bon Jovi - New Jersey

Britny Fox - Britny Fox (debut)

Bullet Boys - Bullet Boys (debut)

Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (debut)

Chicago - Chicago 19

Cinderella - Long Cold Winter

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session

Bad Company - Dangerous Age

Danzig - Danzig

Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

Dokken - Beast From the East (live album)

Duran Duran - Big Thing

The Escape Club - Wild Wild West

Melissa Etheridge  - Melissa Etheridge

Europe - Out of This World

Exodus - Fabulous Disaster

Lita Ford - Lita

Frehley's Comet - Live 1 EP

Frehley's Comet - Second Sighting 

Jerry Garcia - Almost Acoustic

Amy Grant - Lead Me On

Green Day - The Sweet Children

Guns N' Roses - GNR Lies

GWAR - Hell-O

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jethro Tull - 20 Years of Jethro Tull

Journey - Greatest Hits

Judas Priest - Ram It Down

KISS - Smashes, Thrashes & Hits

King Kobra - King Kobra III

Kix - Blow My Fuse

L.A. Guns - L.A. Guns

John Lennon - Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack)

Living Colour - Vivid

Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey

Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

Metallica - ...And Justice for All

Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey

Motörhead - No Sleep At All (live album)

Ted Nugent - If You Can't Lick Em'...Lick Em'

Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest for the Wicked

Jimmy Page - Outrider

Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder

Robert Plant - Now and Zen

Poison - Open Up and Say...Ahh!

Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime

Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot

R.E.M. - Green

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Abbey Road EP

David Lee Roth - Skyscraper

Scorpions - Savage Amusement

Carly Simon  - Greatest Hits Live

Slayer - South of Heaven

Beaches - Soundtrack

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - Soundtrack

Rod Stewart - Out Of Order

Stryper - In God We Trust

Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today

Testament - The New Order

They Might Be Giants  - Lincoln

Tiffany - Hold an Old Friend's Hand

Testament  - The New Order

Winger - Winger

Steve Winwood - Roll With It

U2 - Rattle and Hum

Van Halen - OU812

Vixen - Vixen


Band's Career in 1988

Nirvana's career begins

Phish's career begins

Barenaked Ladies form.

The Offspring begin their recording career

Blind Melon forms

Garth Brooks signs to Capitol records.

Blues Traveler forms

Cypress Hill forms

Nine Inch Nails forms

The Fauves forms

Guttermouth forms

Jesus Jones forms

No Doubt forms

Smashing Pumpkins forms

Sublime forms

Supertramp break up

The Cars break up


American Music Awards of 1988

Pop/Rock Category

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist                         Paul Simon

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist                      Whitney Houston

Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group          Bon Jovi

Favorite Pop/Rock Album                                "Graceland" - Paul Simon

Favorite Pop/Rock Single                "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" - Whitney Houston

Favorite Pop/Rock Video                                 "When I Think Of You" - Janet Jackson


Soul/R&B Category

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist                         Luther Vandross

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist                      Anita Baker

Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo, or Group         Cameo

Favorite Soul/R&B Album                                Rapture - Anita Baker

Favorite Soul/R&B Single                                 "Bad" - Michael Jackson

Favorite Soul/R&B Video            "When I Think Of You" - Janet Jackson


Country Category

Favorite Country Male Artist                            Randy Travis

Favorite Country Female Artist                         Reba McEntire

Favorite Country Band, Duo, or Group             Alabama

Favorite Country Album                      Always & Forever - Randy Travis

Favorite Country Single          "Forever And Ever, Amen" - Randy Travis  

Favorite Country Video          "Forever And Ever, Amen" - Randy Travis

Award of Merit                                                Beach Boys