1988 - What Shaped Us

As members of the class of 1988, we witnessed some big news events during our time in high school. The Chernobyl disaster and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion both took place in 1986, shocking us along with millions of others around the globe. The Iran-Contra Affair story broke that year as well, setting many of us up for decades of government mistrust. Black Monday brought stock markets crashing around the world in October of 1987. One bright spot: The Iran-Iraq War finally ended in 1988, after eight brutal years of combat.

Our graduation year also became the year that Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, and the first major computer worm was released via the internet. Also in 1988, smoking was banned on domestic flights of two hours or less (it was a start, at least). On the big screen, our class was watching Rain Man, Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Die Hard, Beetlejuice, Young Guns, and Heathers.

Popular Grad Names for 1988

Boys:

Christopher
Kevin
Thomas
Matthew
Scott

Girls:

Michelle
Amy
Julie
Nicole
Rebecca

Boys:

Christopher
Kevin
Thomas
Matthew
Scott

Girls:

Michelle
Amy
Julie
Nicole
Rebecca

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

The Last Emperor

Oscar for Best Actor:

Michael Douglas

Oscar for Best Actress:

Cher

Top-rated TV shows:

The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Cheers

Oscar for Best Picture:

The Last Emperor

Oscar for Best Actor:

Michael Douglas

Oscar for Best Actress:

Cher

Top-rated TV shows:

The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Cheers

Cost of Living Stats for 1988

Average new house:

$91,600

Average annual income:

$24,450

Gallon of gas:

91 cents

Average new house:

$91,600

Average annual income:

$24,450

Gallon of gas:

91 cents

Celebrities Born in 1988

 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1988

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

The Joshua Tree
(U2)

Song of the Year:

"Somewhere Out There"
(Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram)

Album of the Year:

The Joshua Tree
(U2)

Song of the Year:

"Somewhere Out There"
(Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Faith"
(George Michael)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Faith
(George Michael)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"I Want Her"
(Keith Sweat)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Make It Last Forever
(Keith Sweat)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Faith"
(George Michael)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Faith
(George Michael)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"I Want Her"
(Keith Sweat)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Make It Last Forever
(Keith Sweat)

1988 Super Bowl

Washington Redskins

42

Denver Broncos

10

Washington Redskins

42

Denver Broncos

10

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