1988: The 25th Anniversary
People Born 25 Years Ago:
Matthew Stafford, Football Player
Stephen Curry, Basketball Player
Stephen Strasburg, Baseball Player
Jeremy Lin, Basketball Player
Kevin Love, Basketball Player
Derrick Rose, Basketball Player
Russell Wilson, Football Player
People Who Died 25 Years Ago:
"Pistol" Pete Maravich, Basketball Player
Andy Gibb, British singer
Kim Philby, British spy
Louis L'Amour, American writer
Roy Orbison, American singer
February 12 – Anthony Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. (Still on court today.)
July 20 – The Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia nominates Michael Dukakis for U.S. President and Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President.
August 18 – The Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana nominates George H.W. Bush for President and Dan Quayle for Vice President of the United States of America.
September 17–October 2 – The 1988 Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea.
November 2 – The Morris Worm, the first computer virus distributed via the Internet, written by Robert Tappan Morris, is launched from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.
November 8 – United States presidential election, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis becoming the first sitting Vice President of the United States in 200 years to be elected as President of the United States.
Other Things that Came of Age in 1988:
Computer program Photoshop
Gaming platform Sega Genesis
Music: Boyz II Men, Nine Inch Nails, Milli Vanilli, Guns' and Roses "Sweet Child of Mine", The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Movies: Rain Man, Big, Coming To America, Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
TV Shows: America's Most Wanted, The Wonder Years, Rosanne, Murphy Brown