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1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1988th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 988th year of the 2nd millennium, the 88th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1980s decade.
1988 was a crucial year in the early history of the Internet—it was the year of the first well-known computer virus, the 1988 Internet worm. The first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the United States (NSFNET) and Europe (Nordunet) as well as the first Internet-based chat protocol, Internet Relay Chat. The concept of the World Wide Web was first discussed at CERN in 1988.The Soviet Union began its major deconstructing towards a mixed economy at the beginning of 1988 and began its gradual dissolution. The Iron Curtain began to disintegrate in 1988 as Hungary began allowing freer travel to the Western world. The first extrasolar planet, Gamma Cephei Ab (confirmed in 2002) was detected this year and the World Health Organization began its mission to eradicate polio. Global warming also began to emerge as a more significant concern, with climate scientist James Hansen testifying before the U.S. Senate on the issue.

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  1. Pete

    Today June 10, 1988: “Poltergeist III” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, June 9, 1988, “Poltergeist III,” directed by Gary Sherman, premiered in theaters. The film stars Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O’Rourke, and Zelda Rubinstein. With a budget of $9.5 million, the movie grossed $14.1 million at the box office.
  2. Pete

    Premiered Today June 7, 1988: EPMD's Debut Album “Strictly Business”

    On this day, June 7, 1988, EPMD released their debut album, “Strictly Business.” The album reached number 80 on the Billboard charts and hit number 1 on the Top R&B chart.
  3. Pete

    This Day June 3, 1988: “Funny Farm” Made its Debut in Theaters

    On this day, June 3, 1988, “Funny Farm,” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith, premiered in theaters. The film had a budget of $19 million and grossed $25.5 million at the box office.
  4. Pete

    June 3, 1988: “Big” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, June 3, 1988, “Big,” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall, premiered in theaters. It became the third highest-grossing movie of 1988.
  5. Pete

    June 1, 1988: Kim Wilde Releases Her 6th Album “Close”

    On this day, June 1, 1988, Kim Wilde released her sixth album, “Close.” The album reached number 114 on the Billboard charts and broke into the top 10 in the UK, Austria, and Germany.
  6. Pete

    Released Today May 31, 1988: Boogie Down Productions Releases “By All Means Necessary”

    On this day, May 31, 1988, Boogie Down Productions released their second album, “By All Means Necessary.” The album reached number 75 on the Billboard charts.
  7. Pete

    “One More Try” by George Michael Becomes the #1 Song in America Today May 28, 1988

    On this day, May 28, 1988, “One More Try” by George Michael reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from May 28 to June 17. The song also hit number one in Canada and Ireland.
  8. Pete

    Today May 27, 1988: Killer Klowns from Outer Space Released

    On this day, May 27, 1988, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” was released. Directed by Stephen Chiodo, the film starred Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, and John Vernon. The movie had a budget of $1.8 million.
  9. Pete

    On This Day May 27, 1988: Final Episode of “Punky Brewster” Aired

    On this day, May 27, 1988, the final episode of “Punky Brewster” aired. The show ran for four seasons, comprising 88 episodes, and starred Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson. Fun Facts! Cherie’s grandmother on the show was played by her real grandmother. Additionally, her uncle was the...
  10. Pete

    May 25, 1988: Final Episode of “St. Elsewhere”

    On this day, May 25, 1988, the final episode of “St. Elsewhere” aired. The show ran for six seasons, totaling 137 episodes, and was broadcast on ABC. The series featured Denzel Washington among its stars.
  11. Pete

    Released Today May 25, 1988: “Rambo III”

    On this day, May 25, 1988, “Rambo III” was released, directed by Peter MacDonald and starring Sylvester Stallone. With a budget of $63 million, the film grossed $189 million worldwide, including $53 million domestically.
  12. Pete

    Today May 25, 1988: “Crocodile Dundee II” Made Its Debut

    On this day, May 25, 1988, “Crocodile Dundee II” was released, directed by John Cornell and starring Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski. With a budget of $14 million, the film grossed $239 million worldwide, including $109 million domestically, making it the 6th highest-grossing movie of 1988.
  13. Pete

    Today May 24, 1988: Van Halen's 'OU812' was Released

    On this day May 24, 1988, Van Halen released their eighth album, "OU812." It soared to the top of the US Billboard 200 charts, achieving #1 status. The album also garnered over 4 million copies sold in the US.
  14. Pete

    May 23, 1988: Release of Rod Stewart's Album 'Out of Order'

    On this day May 23, 1988, "Out of Order" by Rod Stewart hit the shelves, marking his 15th studio album release. It peaked at #20 on the Billboard Charts and achieved impressive sales, with over 2 million copies sold in the US.
  15. Pete

    The Debut of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ Album ‘Up Your Alley' Today May 23, 1988

    On this day May 23, 1988, "Up Your Alley" hit the shelves, marking the release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' sixth album. While it reached #19 on the Billboard Charts, one of its standout tracks, "I Hate Myself For Loving You," garnered significant attention. Notably, this song was later...
  16. Pete

    Cinderella’s ‘Long Cold Winter’ Album Released Today May 21, 1988

    On this May 21, 1988, the album "Long Cold Winter" by Cinderella made its debut, marking their second studio release. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Charts and achieved remarkable success with over 3 million copies sold in the US alone.
  17. Pete

    May 20, 1988: Ron Howard's 'Willow' Hits Theaters

    On this day May 20, 1987, the film "Willow" premiered, directed by Ron Howard and featuring performances by Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis. Made with a budget of $35 million, it went on to gross $57.3 million at the box office.
  18. Pete

    On This Day May 17, 1988 Run-DMC Released Tougher Than Leather

    On this day May 17, 1988, Run-DMC dropped their fourth album, "Tougher Than Leather," hitting #9 on the Billboard Charts.
  19. Pete

    Today May 16, 1988: Farewell to 'Cagney & Lacey'

    On this day May 16, 1988, the final episode of "Cagney & Lacey" aired, concluding its seven-season run. With a total of 125 episodes and four TV movies, the series aired on CBS. A fun fact: Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly collectively won six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.
  20. Pete

    May 14, 1988: Gloria Estefan's 'Anything for You' Tops the Charts

    On this day May 14, 1988, "Anything for You" by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine reached the pinnacle as the number one song in America, maintaining its top position from May 14 to May 27.
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