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Decades: 1980’s – 1988

By on October 23, 2013


This is a time capsule of the year 1988 for us here in the U.S.A. From the music to the movies to the sports, top news stories and more. Which songs were your favorites from this year? TV Shows? movies? etc. Do you remember what songs are actually from this year or do you think a song from 1981 is from 1988. As you get older, stuff gets fuzzy!

TOP SONGS
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

GRAMMY WINNERS
Album of the Year: Faith, George Michael
Best New Artist: Tracy Chapman
Best Pop Duo or Group: Brasil, Manhattan Transfer
Best Pop Female Vocal: “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman
Best Pop Male Vocal: “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Best Rock Duo or Group: “Desire,” U2
Best Rock Female Vocal: Tina Live in Europe, Tina Turner
Best Rock Male Vocal: “Simply Irresistible,” Robert Palmer
Record of the Year: “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Song of the Year: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

TOP MOVIES
1 Rain Man MGM $172,825,435
2 Who Framed Roger Rabbit BV $156,452,370
3 Coming to America Par. $128,152,301
4 Big Fox $114,968,774 1,419 $8,216,190
5 Twins Uni. $111,938,388 1,659 $11,174,980
6 Crocodile Dundee II Par. $109,306,210
7 Die Hard Fox $83,008,852
8 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Par. $78,756,177
9 Cocktail BV $78,222,753
10 Beetlejuice WB $73,707,461
11 Working Girl Fox $63,779,477

ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS
Winners in CAPS
Best Picture:
“RAIN MAN”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Working Girl”
Actor:
DUSTIN HOFFMAN in “Rain Man”, Gene Hackman in “Mississippi Burning”, Tom Hanks in “Big”, Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver”, Max von Sydow in “Pelle the Conqueror”
Actress:
JODIE FOSTER in “The Accused”, Glenn Close in “Dangerous Liaisons”, Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl”, Meryl Streep in “A Cry in the Dark”, Sigourney Weaver in “Gorillas in the Mist”
Supporting Actor:
KEVIN KLINE in “A Fish Called Wanda”, Alec Guinness in “Little Dorritt”, Martin Landau in “Tucker: the Man and His Dream”, River Phoenix in “Running on Empty”, Dean Stockwell in “Married to the Mob”
Supporting Actress:
GEENA DAVIS in “The Accidental Tourist”, Joan Cusack in “Working Girl”, Frances McDormand in “Mississippi Burning”, Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Liaisons”, Sigourney Weaver in “Working Girl”
Director:
BARRY LEVINSON for “Rain Man”, Charles Crichton for “A Fish Called Wanda”, Mike Nichols for “Working Girl”, Alan Parker for “Mississippi Burning”, Martin Scorsese for “The Last Temptation of Christ”

TOP TV SHOWS
Roseanne / The Cosby Show / A Different World / Cheers / 60 Minutes / The Golden Girls
Who’s the Boss? / The Wonder Years / Murder She Wrote / Empty Nest

EMMY AWARD WINNERS:
Best Drama – L.A. Law
Best Actor – Carroll O’Connor, In the Heat of the Night
Best Actress – Dana Delany, China Beach
Supporting Actor – Larry Drake, L.A. Law
Supporting Actress – Melanie Mayron, thirtysomething

Best Comedy – Cheers
Best Actor – Richard Mulligan, Empty Nest
Best Actress – Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Supporting Actor – Woody Harrelson, Cheers
Supporting Actress – Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Best Variety – The Tracey Ullman Show

SPORTS:
Kentucky Derby Winner: Winning Colors – Trainer: D.W. Lukas – Jockey: G. Stevens

Football Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 20 – Cincinatti 16
Pro MVP: Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati, QB & Randall Cunningham, Phila, QB

College Football: #1 Notre Dame
Heisman Trophy: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St. (RB)
Rose Bowl: Michigan 22, USC 14
Orange Bowl: Miami-FL 23, Nebraska 3
Cotton Bowl: UCLA 17, Arkansas 3
Sugar Bowl: Florida St. 13, Auburn 7

Baskteball:
NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons Vs. L.A. Lakers
Winner: Detroit in 7
Detroit Coach: Bill Daley
L.A. Coach: Pat Riley
MVP: Michael Jordan, G Average Points Per Game, 35

NCAA Champions: Kansas 27W – 11L, Coach: Larry Brown

World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Oakland A’s
Winner: L.A. In 5
Los Angeles Coach: Tommy La Sorda
Oakland Coach: Tony La Russa

National League
MVP: Kirk Gibson, LA (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Chris Sabo, Cin (C)

American League
MVP: Jose Canseco (OF)
Rookie of the Year: Walt Weiss, Oakland (SS)

TOP NEWS STORIES:

USSR Plans To Withdraw From Afghanistan

Noriega Indited On Drug Charges

Aid To Contras Voted Down By House

Prostitute Reveals Liaison, TV Preacher Jimmy Swagggart Resigns

Vietnam Plans To Withdraw From Cambodia

Beaches Close As Record Heatwave Hits US Increasing Pollution

Junk Bond Dealer Micheal Milken Charged With Insider Dealing

US Accuses Iraq Of Mustard Gas Attacks On Kurds

Bush Wins Presidency

280 Die On Pan AM Flight 103 Over Scotland, Bomb Suspected

Jessie Jackson wins 5 primaries on Super Sunday

INF Treaty ratified by Senate

Droughts cause widespread major crop and live stock damage across US

Iran Accepts UN resolution to withdraw from Iraq

25,000 die in Armenian earthquake

Tom Selleck in Magnum PI ends after 8 years

Former aid claims Nancy Reagan uses astrology to plan her husbands actives

Fads; “Elvis Lives”, ET, Garfield Cats on windows

New Ad: “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile” (General Motors)

NASA plans to spend $95 million in a 10 year project to search for signals of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Faxphones are $1,295 and a Compaq 286 laptop is $5,399

Rogaine shows to be the first big consumer product that grows hair

“Elvis Lives” phenomenon is big

The Ford Probe and Honey Teddy Grahams are new.

Orel Hershiser breaks Don Drysdale’s record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings.

Top movie stars included: Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Bette Midler and Tom Selleck

Soviets and Americans work together to save two whales trapped off the Alaska coast.

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush

Population: 244,498,982
Life expectancy: 74.9 years

Dow-Jones
High: 2,183
Low: 1,879

Federal spending: 1,064,000,000,000
Federal debt: $2,601,000,000,000
Inflation: 4.7%
Consumer Price Index: 118.3
Unemployment: 6.2%

Cost of a new home: $138,300.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $27,225.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22 (went to 25 cents in April)
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.08
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.89
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.30

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