1988: Turning 25

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

Main Events:
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 AtlantaGeorgia nominates Michael Dukakis for U.S. President and Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President.

August 18 – The Republican National Convention in New OrleansLouisiana nominates George H.W. Bush for President and Dan Quayle for Vice President of the United States of America.

September 17October 2 – The 1988 Summer Olympics are held in SeoulSouth 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, 1988George 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

Drug Prozac

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

Great Leadership Quotes

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." - Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philospher

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."- Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain

"A leader is a dealer in hope."- Napoleon Bonaparte

"You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go."- Jeanette Rankin, first woman elected to Congress

"Great leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."- Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."- Elanor Roosevelt

"Lead me, follow me, or get out of the way."- General George Patton

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By Bart Moss

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1. Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. - Alexander Hamilton


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