Archive for January 9th, 2018

All of these things happened 30 years ago.

Notable events of 1988:

  • The Soviet Union begins its program of economic restructuring (perestroika) with legislation initiated by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev – followed by the total collapse of the Soviet union later in the year.
  • The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway play ever, opens.
  • Iran–Contra affair.
  • Celine Dion wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.
  • A report by U.S. Surgeon General states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
  • NASA scientist testifies to the Senate that man-made global warming has begun.
  • Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden.
  • The Morris worm, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet, written by Robert Tappan Morris, is launched from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
  • Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
  • Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people.
  • TAT-8, the first transatlantic telephone cable to use optical fibers, is completed.
  • Zebra mussels are found in the Great Lakes.
  • Tim Berners-Lee begins to openly discuss his plans for what would become the World Wide Web at CERN.
  • Rihanna, Sasha Grey, Jessie J, Adele, Rupert Grint, Emma Stone and Tinie Tempah are born.
  • Philippe de Rothschild, Richard Feynman, John Holmes, Robert A. Heinlein, Kim Philby, Enzo Ferrari, Félix Leclerc and Roy Orbison die.
The following songs make it to the Billboard top 100:

  • “A Groovy Kind of Love”, Phil Collins
  • “A Hazy Shade of Winter”, The Bangles
  • “Candle in the Wind”, Elton John
  • “Desire”, U2
  • “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, Bobby McFerrin
  • “Faith”, George Michael
  • “Fast Car”, Tracy Chapman
  • “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car”, Billy Ocean
  • “Got My Mind Set on You”, George Harrison
  • “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, Belinda Carlisle
  • “Kokomo”, The Beach Boys
  • “Man in the Mirror”, Michael Jackson
  • “Need You Tonight”, INXS
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up”, Rick Astley
  • “One Moment in Time”, Whitney Houston
  • “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Def Leppard
  • “Red Red Wine”, UB40
  • “She’s Like the Wind”, Patrick Swayze
  • “Simply Irresistible”, Robert Palmer
  • “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, Guns N’ Roses
  • “The Loco-Motion”, Kylie Minogue
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel”, Michael Jackson
  • “We’ll Be Together”, Sting
The following movies are released:

  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Akira
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big
  • Bloodsport
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Coming to America
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Die Hard
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Rain Man
  • Scrooged
  • The Dead Pool
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Twins
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit