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1988


Jan
15
Birthday of SkrillexBirthday of Skrillex (1988).Another Top 10 Hated Musical Artists

17
Premiere of The New Adventures of Winnie the PoohPremiere of Disney animated series, 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' (1988).Top 10 Disney Animated TV Series

26
Release: The Phantom of the Opera opens on Broadway'The Phantom of the Opera' musical opens on Broadway in New York CityTop 10 Broadway Musicals

31
Release: Debut of the TV show The Wonder Years.The Wonder Years had its debut on this day in 1988 on ABC.Top 10 Decade Defining Shows of the 1980s
Top 10 Fictional Television Schools

Feb
11
Release: Debbie Gibson's Foolish Beat is releasedDebbie Gibson's Foolish Beat is released (1988).Top 10 Billboard Records

15
The TV series Red Dwarf airs its first episodeThe TV series Red Dwarf airs its first episode (1988)Top 10 British TV Comedies

20
Birthday of RihannaBirthday of Rihanna (1988)Rihanna Biography and Origins
Top 10 Sexiest Female Singers: Modern Edition
Get Rihanna's Vogue Cover Makeup Look
Top 10 Outrageous Female Music Fashion Icons

26
Release: BloodsportThe film Bloodsport is released (1988)Top 10 Jean-Claude Van Damme Splits

Mar
1
The Joker Paralyzes Barbara Gordon in Batman: The Killing Joke.The Joker Paralyzes Barbara Gordon in Batman: The Killing Joke. This comic event shook up the Batman universe and gave birth to the creation of the character Oracle.Top 10 Shocking Moments In Comic Books

29
Release: Release of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince album He's the DJ, I'm the RapperRelease of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince album 'He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper' (1988).Top 10 Will Smith Trivia

30
Release: Theatrical release of BeetlejuiceThe comedy horror film Beetlejuice is released. Directed by Tim Burton (1988)Top 10 Unexpected Dance Scenes in Non-Dance Movies
Top 10 Tim Burton Movies
Top 10 Hilarious Movie Villains
Top 10 Haunted Houses From Film

Apr
8
Release: Above the LawThe film Above the Law is released (1988)Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s

11
Release: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is releasedSeventh Son of a Seventh Son is released (1988).Top 10 Iron Maiden Songs
The History of Iron Maiden

14
Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is releasedPublic Enemy's second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, is releasedTop 10 Rap Groups and Crews
Public Enemy: History of the Hip Hop Group

16
Release: Grave of the FirefliesThe film Grave of the Fireflies is released (1988)Top 10 Anime Movies

16
Release: My Neighbor TotoroThe film My Neighbor Totoro is released (1988)Top 10 Anime Movies

May
3
Release: Operation: Mindcrime is releasedOperation: Mindcrime is released (1988)Top 10 Queensryche Songs

3
Release: Poison album, Open Up and Say... Ahh! is releasedPoison's second and most successful album, 'Open Up and Say... Ahh!' is releasedTop 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s

5
Birthday of Adele Birthday of Adele (1988)Adele: Biography and Origins
Top 10 Female Vocalists

8
The TV series Magnum, P.I. airs its last episodeThe TV series Magnum, P.I. airs its last episode (1988)Top 10 Live-Action TV Cars
Top 10 TV Detectives
Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV

19
Release: Black EagleBlack Eagle is released (1988)Top 10 Jean-Claude Van Damme Splits

20
Release: WillowThe film Willow is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Wizards

25
The TV series St. Elsewhere airs its last episodeThe TV series St. Elsewhere airs its last episode (1988)Top 10 Disappointing TV Show Finales

27
Release: Release of the film Killer Klowns from Outer Space.Release of the film Killer Klowns from Outer Space. It is about a race of evil aliens that resemble clowns that arrive on Earth to capture and harvest people to use as sustenance.Top 10 Creative Horror Movie Weapons
Top 10 Ridiculous Horror Movie Creatures
Top 10 Scariest Clowns in Movies and TV

Jun
14
Birthday of Glee's Kevin McHaleBirthday of Kevin McHale [Glee] (1988)Gleeks, Get Your Glee Facts and History Lesson

17
Release: The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal YearsThe film The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years is released (1988)Top 10 Best Rock Documentaries

21
Release: Who Framed Roger RabbitThe film Who Framed Roger Rabbit is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Crossovers
Top 10 Scariest Scenes From Non-Horror Movies
Top 10 Most Paused Movie Moments

29
Release: Coming to AmericaRelease of the film Coming to America (1988)Top 10 Eddie Murphy Moments

Jul
13
Release: The Dead PoolThe film The Dead Pool is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Badasses

15
Release: Die HardThe film Die Hard is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Comeback Lines
Top 10 Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Action Movies of the 1980s
Top 10 Movie Drinking Games
Top 10 Career Defining Movies
Top 10 Male Movie Cops
Top 10 Movie Scenes Where Villains Fall to Their Death
Top 10 Movie Badasses

16
Release: AkiraThe film Akira is released (1988)Top 10 Anime Powers We Wish Were Real
Top 10 Anime Movies

Aug
5
Release: The BlobThe film The Blob is released (1988)Top 10 Best Horror Movie Remakes
Top 10 Horror Movies Inspired By True Events

8
Release: N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton is releaesedN.W.A.'s debut album, Straight Outta Compton, is released (1988)Top 10 Dr. Dre Songs
Top 10 Rap Groups and Crews

9
Wayne Gretzky is traded to the Los Angeles KingsWayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in ice hockey history, upsetting many Canadians so much that some considered him a "traitor" to his home country (1988)The Wayne Gretzky Trade
Top 10 Infamous Trades in North American Sports

12
Release: Mac and MeThe film Mac and Me is released (1988)Top 10 Movies So Bad They're Good

12
Release: The Last Temptation of ChristThe film The Last Temptation of Christ is released (1988)Top 10 Biblical Movies

14
Death of Enzo FerrariDeath of Enzo Ferrari (1988)Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV
History of Ferrari: Enzo, the Testarossa, Formula 1
2012 Ferrari FF: First Ferrari FWD

23
Birthday of Jeremy LinBirthday of NBA player Jeremy Lin (1988)Jeremy Lin Biography: 2012 NBA Star Highlights

24
Birthday of Rupert Grint Birthday of Rupert Grint (1988)Life After Harry Potter: What Will Happen To Its Stars?
Harry Potter: The Franchise

Sep
19
Release: Bon Jovi album, New Jersey, is releasedBon Jovi's fourth album, 'New Jersey,' is releasedTop 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s

24
Ben Johnson wins an Olympic gold, which was stripped of him two days laterBen Johnson wins an Olympic gold, which was stripped of him two days later due to his use of banned substances (1988)Top 10 Worst Cheaters in Sports

29
Birthday of Singer Justin NozukaThis singer-songwriter is wise beyond his years, and comes by his musical talents honestlyInterview With Justin Nozuka

Oct
1
Gold medal light-middleweight bout at the 1988 OlympicsGold medal light-middleweight bout at the 1988 Olympics controversially won by Korean Park Si-Hun (1988)Top 10 Controversial Calls in Sports History

18
Release: The TV series Roseanne airs its first episodeThe TV series Roseanne airs its first episode (1988)Top 10 Decade Defining Shows of the 1980s
Top 10 Sitcoms of All Time
Top 10 Disappointing TV Show Finales
Top 10 Shows That Jumped the Shark
Top 10 TV Families
Top 10 TV Replacement Characters

18
Release: Traveling Wilbury's debut, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 is releasedTraveling Wilbury's debut, 'Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1' is releasedTop 10 Supergroups

Nov
2
Release: The Land Before TimeThe film The Land Before Time is released (1988)Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Movie Moments

6
Birthday of Emma StoneBirthday of Emma Stone (1988)Emma Stone Biography (UPDATE)
Emma Stone Bio: From Superbad to The Amazing Spider-Man
Top 13 Hot Actresses of 2013

9
Release: Child's PlayThe film Child's Play is released (1988)Top 10 Evil Movie Laughs
Top 10 Horror Movie Villain Motivations
Top 10 Scary Movie Dolls
Top 10 Scariest Horror Movies

11
Release: Ernest Saves ChristmasThe film Ernest Saves Christmas is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Hillbillies

17
Release: Cinema ParadisoThe film Cinema Paradiso is released (1988)Top 10 Successful Foreign Films

18
Release: The Land Before TimeThe film The Land Before Time is released (1988)Top 10 Saddest Animal Deaths in Movies

23
Release: ScroogedThe film Scrooged is released (1988)Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies

29
Release: G N' R Lies is releasedG N' R Lies is released (1988).Top 10 Guns N' Roses Songs

30
Release: Paradise City by Guns N' Roses is releasedParadise City by Guns N' Roses is released (1988)Top 10 Hard Rock Anthems

Dec
2
Release: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!The movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is released (1988)Top 10 Comedy Movie Clichés
Top 10 Movie Idiots

6
Death of Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison of Traveling Wilburys diesTop 10 Supergroups

9
Release: My Stepmother Is an AlienThe film My Stepmother Is an Alien is released (1988)Another Top 10 Sexy Female Aliens from Movies and TV

16
Release: Rain ManThe film Rain Man is released (1988)Top 10 Movie Geniuses

21
The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Elementary, Dear Data first airsThe Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Elementary, Dear Data first airs (1988)Top 10 Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes

24
Release of 'Mega Man 2' for the NES.Release of 'Mega Man 2' for the NES. Becoming the best selling game in the franchise, it improved on the original in nearly every way.Top 10 Video Game Intros

27
Birthday of Hayley WilliamsBirthday of Hayley Williams [Paramore] (1988) Interview with Paramore
Top 10 Frontwomen in Rock