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Mad Slanted Powers
04-12-2008, 03:33 PM
No, this isn't a thread about the Beatles. The thread about what thresholds we have crossed, along with the fact that my 20 year high school reunion is coming up in July got me thinking of all the things that have happened since then, of things that weren't around back then, and of things that aren't around anymore.

The Simpsons have been on a long, long time, but they were not around back in 1988. Correction. Upon looking it up, the shorts on Tracey Ullman's show started in April of 1987. Still, they didn't get their own show until December 1989.

There were no Star Wars prequels, or even Special Editions. Most of the EU did not yet exist, as Heir to the Empire was still three years away.

Star Trek The Next Generation was only a year old, and none of the other modern Star Trek series existed yet. There was no X-Files yet.

The internet as we know it did not exist. Colleges and the government had access to a primitive version, and a few people with modems could dial into online services or bulletin board sites. I was still using my original Macintosh computer, and would continue to do so until 1995. That was when I finally got online.

Nirvana had not yet released an album. It would be three more years before they would usher in a wave of alternative bands onto the mainstream.

Bellis Fair, the local mall, did not open until August of 1988. That also meant the end of the Viking Twin movie theater, as the six small theaters in the mall replaced the two bigger ones there. I started working at Wal-Mart when it opened in August of 1996. A lot of growth and change in this town in the past 20 years.

My high school was torn down and replaced with a new one sometime in the early 90's. There's also an Indian casino just down the road from it now.

There weren't many cell phones back then, and they were not as small as they are now. People mainly used pagers if they needed to stay connected. However, just like BCJ said in the other thread, I still have yet to get one.

Tycho
04-12-2008, 03:42 PM
More importantly than any of that, Transformer toys were still not super-articulated yet.

Neuroleptic
04-12-2008, 04:54 PM
Twenty years ago, I was 7 years old. Juuuuust old enough to remember all the changes.

A few people still used record players and tape casets. Walkmans were a new device and most people still used battery powered boom boxes instead. That thought alone makes one greatful for the Ipod and other MP3 players.

CDs existed but we didn't actualy start getting them in large numbers until a few years after this point.

DVDs didn't exist, which is amusing since I now own zero VHS tapes which were all the rage back in '88.

I remember being upset that I couldn't find star wars figures in toy stores at the time and I realy wanted them. I now know that this period in the star wars collecting hobby is refered to as 'the dark times'. As a kid trying to find these things around that time it was dark as hell for me since all I wanted was R5-D4, R2, 3PO and a few of the main characters to play around with.

We had an old as dirt comodor PC that only ran a typeing program. It had a mouse, but it didn't work. I remember it was a big deal when we finaly got a computer with a 56K phone modem on it about 1989/1990 and an even bigger deal when we got one with a CD rom drive. We never thought computers would be half as powerful as they are today back in 1988!

Nintendo entertainment system was the best thing on the market as far as I remember at the time for video games. The SNES and Sega Genesis were either not out yet or prohibitively expensive for my family to own at the time. I'm not sure wich.

I don't think desert storm started until January of 89. George Bush Sr. was president, and I think that break dancing and Michal Jackson were big at the time.

mabudonicus
04-12-2008, 05:14 PM
That woulda been around the time I got kicked out of my hyper-abusive home and ended up living on the streets, good times, as a 15-16 year old it was a mixed "blessing" but it sure as hell didn't help me much in my "later years" :D

I think I had an ATARI 800 before I got kicked out, with some kinda chip that made all kinds of extra features available, but I was separated from it too soon to really get anything awesome done on there besides getting like 3 parts of the Avatar in Ultima 4
:beard: Iso&Baws
that particular period of time kinda sucked LARGE for me

Mad Slanted Powers
04-12-2008, 07:50 PM
A few people still used record players and tape casets. Walkmans were a new device and most people still used battery powered boom boxes instead. That thought alone makes one greatful for the Ipod and other MP3 players.

CDs existed but we didn't actualy start getting them in large numbers until a few years after this point.

DVDs didn't exist, which is amusing since I now own zero VHS tapes which were all the rage back in '88. Yes, there were still quite a few records in stores back then. I had a CD player, but for some reason I bought the Cars last album on vinyl instead. Maybe because it was cheaper and I figured I'd get the CD at some point later. I still don't have it on CD. I remember going to Cellophane Square ( a local record store) in college and trying to sell some of my records and none of them were worth much of anything.

Another thing with the CDs back then, they usually came in the long boxes that so that they were still about as tall as a record. I guess this allowed them too display them in the same spot.

I didn't get a DVD until the late 90's, and I didn't even have a DVD player yet. It was the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. I didn't buy too many VHS tapes. Pretty much just Star Wars and a couple Monty Python movies. With DVDs, I have bought a lot more, but still mostly movies that I'm really into and a few TV series.


I don't think desert storm started until January of 89. George Bush Sr. was president, and I think that break dancing and Michal Jackson were big at the time.I believe it started in early 1991. Iraq had invaded Kuwait while I was fishing in Alaska the previous summer. My roommate and I had another roommate for the first quarter of the school year and they were on opposite ends of the spectrum in their thoughts about it.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-12-2008, 09:10 PM
What didn't I own that did in fact exist back then?
- portable telephone (all had cords, one still was a rotary [?!?] phone)
- CD (too expensive, not easy to find for a while)
- Nintendo game system (many friends did, so I "owned" it vicariously through them)
- a checking account (not quite old enough, but I did have a savings account)
- word processor (still did all my school reports on an Underwood typewriter [needed an exclamation mark? type a period-backspace-apostrophe. want the number 1? use the lower case L.])
- handheld video camera (actually, most were "shoulder-held" then I think)
- a mullett :rolleyes:
- a complete set of all the SW (including POTF) figures (although I had just bought a mint Blue Snaggs, only had General Lando and Anakin S.)
- an autograph of Weird Al Yankovic (got one now :pleased: )

Jargo
04-12-2008, 09:29 PM
20 years ago I was....

Oooh - I don't remember...

Tycho
04-12-2008, 09:56 PM
I was struck by what Mabudonicus posted. We all have our challenges and mine are a mixed bag today, but I don't like hearing about how anyone's life was difficult and wished that it weren't so. I sympathize with him even if it isn't called for. It's just in my nature. Sorry Mabs. :cry:

Back to 1988:

I was totally into heavy metal music by this time, and I still am. In fact, I still barely listen to any new music unless those same bands put out new records. Then I still listen to their old stuff a lot anyway.

I wanted to either be a crazy, socially liberal rock star, or a traditionally conservative Republican fighter pilot for the Marine Corps (no joke - and I came from a military family. It wasn't until I got to college that I turned around into fully opposite ideologies).

Looking back at technology, I believe it is all a conspiracy: either Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, and Intell amongst a few others discovered how to craft everything back then, or they discovered the spaceship that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico and reversed engineered everything from studying Megatron.

There are computers that operate at 1 Gig per nanosecond, holographic and interactive entertainment systems (holodecks), and your entire music and movie collection is stored in a microchip that is implanted into your cebebral cortex, which also has an electronic registration device.

When you want to watch a movie, or playback a song, you just access the file with your cybernetic implant. When you go to a store or a restaurant, you just take what you want and walk out the door. Your micro-implant deducts the purchase from either your cash or credit account. In fact, almost no one will be imprisoned for theft / shoplifting any more, and children will be lowjacked so they cannot be abducted, while sattelite feeds will track everyone - not just sex offenders - so that there is a record of where you were and who you were with regardless of whether or not you committed any crime.

But instead of unleashing all this EXISTING technology now, back in 1988, cassette tapes were revealed as improvements on vinyl records. Then CDs came out. They sold us VCRs to playback VHS, because they already knew they could keep the economy moving again by inventing DVDs, and then the iPods for MP3s, even though holotechnology already exists so you can have a virtual concert beamed directly into your brain while you're just lying in bed - or plugged into "The Matrix."

The Pentium 1 Trillion already exists - Megatron has one - but the next computer Intell will sell you will be the Pentium 7, and then the Pentium 8 will be revealed a few years later. Meanwhile, "doomsday bugs" will be installed in your computers to shut them down a short while after their manufacturer's warranty expires (or at the end of the extended service plan you purchased and registered online).

Meanwhile, Skynet is gathering resources and power so that it can take over the earth, while anti-religious scientists are trying to uncover just what is "a soul," so that eventually Skynet can download you from your microprocessor chip into an Autobot or Decepticon. Earth IS Cybertron - linked by The Matrix. You all just don't believe it yet.

When this happened, 2078 or so will be the same as 1988. It all will be just one data-record, as if the passage of time no longer happens. When Autonomous beings realize they can reclaim their freedoms and lost individuality, one leader called Optimus Prime will rise from out of enslavement and lead the rebellion. Only Megatron might have been usurped by Skynet so war will ravage over New Cybertron and if your essence has been preserved in an artificial body, you will have to choose sides. Following Prime will lead you to freedom, but you will be free amongst chaos!

Everything, even today, is in fact, more than meets the eye!

Mad Slanted Powers
04-12-2008, 11:27 PM
There may be a thread of truth in what you are saying. My brother's brother-in-law works for Boeing (I'm not sure if he is still there or not), and apparently has clearance to know a lot of stuff he can't tell us about. However, he did tell my brother this: When you hear about some advanced technology that the military is developing, it is probably already old and they are onto even more advanced stuff now.

General_Grievous
04-12-2008, 11:46 PM
Twenty years ago today I was a six-month-old fetus.

Neuroleptic
04-13-2008, 12:57 AM
Ya know Tycho, as insane as your post is, it probably isn't far from the truth. Both of my parents had what is called 'above top seceret clearence' (I always asked them what the heck that meant. How can you have above top secret anything?) when they were in the militiary and both went to what we call area 51. I jokingly asked them about it one day and all they would say was, "Boy, you'd be supprised what we have running around out in Nevada."

They never seem too suprised when insanely cool new stuff comes out either.

And yeah, 1988 was a bad year for me too. That'd be the year my mother died. Seems it was a rough year for a lot of people. The 90's werent much better. However, the universe and stars alighnemnt along with good karma have helped to make the new milenium a much happier time for me thus far.

Deoxyribonucleic
04-13-2008, 05:04 AM
Twenty years ago today I was a six-month-old fetus.

mmmmmm, sounds sexy!

Jedi_Kal-El
04-13-2008, 11:14 AM
when they were in the militiary and both went to what we call area 51. I jokingly asked them about it one day and all they would say was, "Boy, you'd be supprised what we have running around out in Nevada."


Area 51 isn't the only place in Nevada you'ld be surprised to see what's running around.;)


20 years ago I was in the 8th grade. Not much excitement that year. We had a plant that produced rocket fuel explode in the spring that year, and that was about the most intersting thing that happened back then. Other than that, I went to school and hung out with my friends.

sith_killer_99
04-13-2008, 12:54 PM
Twenty years ago:

The Berlin Wall was still standing and the Cold War still loomed dark with the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

The U.S. space program was still basically shut down after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded live on National Television.

Political debates were waging as George H.W. Bush "Read my lips...No new taxes" fought against, lame duck candidate Michael Dukakis. Dukakis won 10 states plus D.C. :rolleyes:

Democrats continued to maintain control of Congress, and would do so for another 8 years.

Al Gore lost is first bid for U.S. President, running as a "Southern Centrist". On Super Tuesday he won Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Nevada, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

David Duke ran in the Democratic Party primary for President of the United States. Upon failing to win the nomination he switched parities and became a burden to the Republican party.


In the 20th century, the year 1988 has the most Roman numeral digits (11). In the Chinese zodiac, it is the year of the rabbit until February 16 and the dragon for the rest of the year.

January

* January 1 - The Soviet Union begins its program of economic restructuring (perestroika) with legislation initiated by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev (though Gorbachev had begun minor restructuring in 1985).
* January 1 - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is established, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.
* January 8 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 140.58 points, or 6.85%, to close at 1,911.31 in a mini-crash.
* January 13 - Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo dies in Taipei; Vice-President Lee Teng-hui becomes president.
* January 15 - In Jerusalem, Israeli police and Palestinian protestors clash at the Dome of the Rock; several police and at least 70 Palestinians are injured.
* January 25 - U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush and CBS News anchor Dan Rather clash over Bush's role in the Iran-Contra scandal, during a contentious television interview.
* January 29 - The Midwest Classic Conference, a U.S. college athletic conference, is formed.

February

* February 3 - The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to support the Nicaraguan Contras.
* February 12 - Anthony M. Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
* February 13 – February 28 - The 1988 Winter Olympics are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
* February 17 - U.S. Lieutenant Colonel William R. Higgins, serving with a United Nations group monitoring a truce in southern Lebanon, is kidnapped (he is later killed by his captors).
* February 21 - On his television show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart confesses to an unspecified sin (an affair with prostitute Debra Murphree) and announces he will temporarily leave the pulpit.
* February 24 - Hustler Magazine v. Falwell: The Supreme Court of the United States sides with Hustler magazine by overturning a lower court decision to award Jerry Falwell $200,000 for defamation.
* February 29 - A Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in WWII deportations.

March

* March 6 - Students at Gallaudet University go on strike for the selection of a non-deaf university president.
* March 7 - Operation Flavius: The Special Air Services fatally shoot three unarmed Irish Republican Army members in Gibraltar.
* March 8 - Two U.S. Army helicopters collide in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, killing 17 servicemen.
* March 8 - U.S. presidential candidate George Herbert Walker Bush defeats Robert Dole in numerous Republican primaries and caucuses on "Super Tuesday". The bipartisan primary/caucus calendar, designed by Democrats to help solidify their own nominee early, backfires when none of the 6 competing candidates are able to break out of the pack in the day's Democratic contests. Jesse Jackson, however, wins several Southern state primaries.
* March 16 - The Halabja poison gas attack is carried out by Iraqi government forces.
* March 16 - Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
* March 17
o A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into the side of the mountains near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
o Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.
* March 19 - British Army Corporals Woods and Howes are killed by the IRA in the so-called "Corporals killings".
* March 20 - Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the EPLF enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
* March 24 - An Israeli court sentences Mordechai Vanunu to 18 years in prison for disclosing Israel's nuclear program to The Sunday Times.
* March 25 - The Candle Demonstration in Bratislava, Slovakia is the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
* March 26 - U.S. presidential candidate Jesse Jackson defeats Michael Dukakis in the Michigan Democratic caucuses, becoming the temporary front-runner for the party's nomination. Richard Gephardt withdraws his candidacy after his campaign speeches against imported automobiles fail to earn him much support in Detroit.
* March 29 - African National Congress representative Dulcie September is assassinated in Paris.

April

The Iranian Frigate, IS Alvand, attacked by US Navy forces during Operation Praying Mantis.
The Iranian Frigate, IS Alvand, attacked by US Navy forces during Operation Praying Mantis.

* April 4 - Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office.
* April 5 - Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis wins the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary.
* April 10 - The Ojhri Camp Disaster occurs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
* April 10 - The Great Seto Bridge opens to traffic in Japan.
* April 11 - The Last Emperor (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) wins nine Oscars.
* April 12 - Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
* April 14 - In the Geneva Accords, the Soviet Union commits itself to withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
* The USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) strikes a naval mine in the Persian Gulf, while deployed on Operation Earnest Will during the Tanker War phase of the Iran-Iraq War.
* April 16 - Israeli commandos kill the PLO's Abu Jihad in Tunisia.
* April 16 - In Forlì, Italy, the brigate rosse kill Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor of Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita.
* April 18 - United States Navy retaliates for the Roberts mining with Operation Praying Mantis, in a day of strikes against Iranian oil platforms and naval vessels.
* April 25 - In Israel, Ivan Demjanjuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II. He was accused by survivors of being the notorious guard at the Treblinka extermination camp known as "Ivan the Terrible". The conviction is later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.
* April 28 - Aloha Flight 243 loses several yards of its upper fuselage while in flight; extraordinarily, the craft lands with only 1 fatality.
* April 30 - World Expo '88 opens in Brisbane Queensland, Australia. The exhibition runs for six months, hosting pavilions from over 70 countries and thrusting the city of Brisbane into the international spotlight.

May

* May 4 - PEPCON disaster in Henderson, Nevada: A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant causes damage extending up to 10 miles away, including Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.
* May 14 - Bus collision near Carrollton, Kentucky: A drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71, hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group from Radcliff, Kentucky. The resulting fire kills 27, making it tied for 1st in the U.S. for most fatalities involving 2 vehicles to the present day. Coincidentally, the other 2-vehicle accident involving a bus that also killed 27 occurred in Prestonsburg, KY 30 years prior.
* May 14 - Wimbledon wins the English FA Cup after beating Liverpool 1–0 at Wembley. The southwest Londoners had pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of English football, as they had been top division members for just 2 years and had joined the Football League only 11 years earlier. Liverpool, meanwhile, had won a total of 30 major trophies including 17 league titles.
* May 15 - Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins withdrawing from Afghanistan.
* May 16 - A report by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
* May 16 - California v. Greenwood: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that police officers do not need a search warrant to search through discarded garbage.
* May 24 - Section 28 (outlawing promotion of homosexuality in schools) is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.
* May 31 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.

June

* June 6 - Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom strips jockey Lester Piggott of his Order of the British Empire following his jailing for tax irregularities.
* June 11 - The name of the General Public License (GPL) is mentioned for the first time.
* June 11 - Wembley Stadium hosts a concert featuring stars from the fields of music, comedy and film, in celebration of the 70th birthday of imprisoned ANC leader Nelson Mandela.
* June 25 - The Netherlands defeats the Soviet Union 2–0 to win Euro 88.
* June 28 - Four workers are asphyxiated at a metal-plating plant in Auburn, Indiana, in the worst confined-space industrial accident in U.S. history (a fifth victim dies 2 days later).
* June 29 - Morrison v. Olson: The United States Supreme Court upholds the law allowing special prosecutors to investigate suspected crimes by executive branch officials.
* June 30 - Roman Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrates four bishops at Ecône, Switzerland for his apostolate, along with Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, without a papal mandate.

July

* July 3 - The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.
* July 3 - Iran Air Flight 655 is shot down by missiles launched from the USS Vincennes.
* July 6 - The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires, killing 165 oil workers and two rescue mariners.
* July 6 - The first reported medical waste on beaches in the Greater New York area (including hypodermic needles and syringes possibly infected with the AIDS virus) washes ashore on Long Island. Subsequent medical waste discoveries on beaches in Coney Island and in Monmouth County, New Jersey force the closure of numerous New York-area beaches in the middle of one of the hottest summers in the American Northeast on record.
* July 14 - Volkswagen closes its Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania plant after 10 years of operation (the first factory built by a non-American automaker in the U.S.).
* July 20 - The Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia nominates Michael Dukakis for U.S. President and Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President.
* July 31 - Thirty-two people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.

August

* Allama Arif Hussain Hussaini the leader of Pakistani Shia muslims was killed in Peshawar.
* August 5 - The 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis culminates in the ouster of the Lord President of Malaysia, Salleh Abas.
* August 6 – August 7 - Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City: A riot erupts in Tompkins Square Park when police attempt to enforce a newly-passed curfew for the park. Bystanders, artists, residents, homeless people and political activists are caught up in the police action which took place during the night of August 6 and into the early morning of August 7.
* August 8 - 8888 Uprising: Thousands of protesters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, are killed during anti-government demonstrations.
* August 9 - The Chicago Cubs play their first ever night game at home in Wrigley Field, defeating the New York Mets, 6–4.
* August 17 - The Pakistani president, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, and the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Raphel, are killed in a plane crash near Bhawalpur.
* August 18 - The Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana nominates George H.W. Bush for President and James "Dan" Quayle for Vice President of the United States of America.
* August 19 - A truce begins in the Iran-Iraq war.
* August 20 - The Iran-Iraq war ends, with an estimated one million lives lost.
* August 25 - A fire destroys part of Chiado quarter, in Lisbon's historical center.
* August 26 - Mehran Karimi Nasseri, "The terminal man", is stuck in the De Gaulle Airport in Paris, where he will continue to reside until August 1, 2006.

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The Ramstein airshow disaster at the moment of impact.

* August 28 - Seventy-five people are killed and three-hundred and forty-six injured in one of the worst airshow disasters in history at Germany's Ramstein Air Base, when three jets from the Italian air demonstration team, Frecce Tricolori, collide, sending one of the aircraft crashing into the crowd of spectators.

September

* September 5 - With US$2 billion in federal aid, the Robert M. Bass Group agrees to buy the United States's largest thrift, American Savings and Loan Association.
* September 11 - In Estonia, 300 000 demonstrate for independence.
* September 12 - Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
* September 17 – October 2 - The 1988 Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea.
* September 22 - The Ocean Odyssey drilling rig suffers a blowout and fire in the North Sea. (See also July 6)
* September 24 – September 26 - Large, militant protests against the 1988 World Bank and IMF meetings take place in West Berlin.
* September 29 - STS-26: NASA resumes space shuttle flights, grounded after the Challenger disaster, with Space Shuttle Discovery.

October

* October 5 - Thousands riot in Algiers, Algeria against the National Liberation Front government; by October 10 the army has killed and tortured about 500 people in crushing the riots.
* October 5 - Chilean president Augusto Pinochet is defeated in a national plebiscite which sought to renew his mandate.
* October 5 - In Omaha, Nebraska, in the only vice presidential debate of the 1988 U.S. presidential election, the Republican party vice presidential nominee, Senator "Dan" Quayle of Indiana, insists he has as much experience in government as John F. Kennedy did when he sought the presidency in 1960. His Democratic party opponent, Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, replies, "Senator, I knew Jack Kennedy. I served with Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." The tremendously positive audience response to Sen. Bentsen's remark solidified the reputation of Sen. Quayle as a political lightweight.
* October 11 - Women are allowed to study at Magdalene College, Cambridge, for the first time. Male students wear black armbands and the porter flies a black flag.
* October 12 - Walsh Street police shootings: Two Victoria Police officers are gunned down, execution style, in Australia.
* October 13 - In the second U.S. presidential debate, held by U.C.L.A., the Democratic party nominee, Michael Dukakis, is asked by journalist Bernard Shaw of CNN if he would support the death penalty if his wife, "Kitty", were to be raped and murdered. Gov. Dukakis' reply, voicing his opposition to capital punishment in any and all circumstances, is later said to have been a major reason for the eventual failure of his campaign for the White House.
* October 15 - Kirk Gibson hits a dramatic home run to win Game One of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, over the Oakland Athletics, by a score of five runs to four.
* October 19 - The United Kingdom bans broadcast interviews with IRA members. The BBC gets around this stricture through the use of professional actors.
* October 23 - Super Mario Bros. 3 is released in Japan
* October 28 - Abortion: 48 hours after announcing it was abandoning RU-486, French manufacturer Roussel Uclaf states that it would resume distribution of the drug, bowing to pressure from the government of France.
* October 29 - Pakistan's General Rahimuddin Khan resigns from his post as the governor of Sindh, following attempts by the President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, to limit the vast powers Gen. Rahimuddin had accumulated.
* October 30 - Philip Morris buys Kraft Foods for US$13.1 billion.
* October 30 - Expo '88 in Brisbane Australia draws to a close after a six month spectacular.
* October 30 - Formula One: Ayrton Senna clinches his first World Championship with a phenomenal drive in the Japanese Grand Prix, recovering from 16th place on the first lap to win the race and beat rival Alain Prost into second place.

November

* November 1 - In the Israeli election, Likud wins 47 seats, Labour wins 49, but Likud Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir remains in office.
* November 3-November 5: Thousands of South Korean students demonstrate against former president Chun Doo Hwan.
* November 8 - United States presidential election, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis.
* November 11 - In Sacramento, California, police find a body buried in the lawn of 60-year-old boardinghouse landlady Dorothea Puente (7 bodies are eventually found and Puente is convicted of 3 murders and sentenced to life in prison).
* November 15 - In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran is launched by an Energia rocket on its maiden orbital spaceflight (the first and last space flight for the shuttle).
* November 15 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed at the Palestinian National Council meeting in Algiers, by a vote of 253 to 46.
* November 15 - The very first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched by Nico Roozen, Frans van der Hoff and ecumenical development agency Solidaridad in the Netherlands.
* November 16 - The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR declares that Estonia is "sovereign" but stops short of declaring independence.
* November 16 - In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan choose populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister. Elections were held as planned despite head of state Zia-ul-Haq's death earlier in August.
* November 18 - War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers.
* November 21 - Canadian federal election, 1988: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada win a second majority government.
* November 21 - Ted Turner Officially Buys Jim Crockett Promotions, known as NWA Crockett, and turns it into World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
* November 22 - In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
* November 23 - Former Korean president Chun Doo Hwan publicly apologizes for corruption during his presidency, announcing he will go into exile.
* November 30 - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for US$25.07 billion in the biggest leveraged buyout deal of all time.

December

The wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103
The wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103

* December 2 - Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
* December 2 - A cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless and thousands dead.
* December 7 - In Armenia an earthquake 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
* December 7 - Estonian becomes the official language of Estonia.
* December 9 - The last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant roll off the assembly line in a Chrysler factory.
* December 12 - The Clapham Junction rail crash kills 35 and injures 132.
* December 20 - The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
* December 21 - Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up by Libyan terrorists over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing a total of 270 people. Those responsible are believed to be of either Iranian or Libyan origin.
* December 22 - Brazilian union and environmental activist Chico Mendes is assassinated.
* December 31 - NHL player Mario Lemieux scores a goal in each of the five different ways possible in one game (even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty-net)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988


Also, on May 10th the boy who would be sith_killer_99 turned 14 years old!

bigbarada
04-13-2008, 03:14 PM
20 years ago today (April 13th, 2008):

Beetlejuice had just been released in theaters a couple of weeks earlier. There was still over two months to go before the release of Willow, made by George Lucas and Ron Howard. 1988 would also see the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Die Hard, Big, Rain Man, Young Guns, Biloxi Blues, Rambo III, Red Heat, and another George Lucas film - Tucker: A Man and His Dream.

On television, we get the debut of The Wonder Years, China Beach, Roseanne, Murphy Brown, COPS, and America's Most Wanted.

1988 was kind of a crappy year for my family too. My dad was involved in a car accident in late summer of 1987 and had his neck broken. My mom had been an epileptic all her life, so we suddenly went from a one-income family to a family living off of worker's compensation and SSI.

Star Wars was long gone by then, so I believe I hade a lingering interest in Robotech: The Macross Saga (but that would die out soon), the Vietnam War (fed by TV shows like Tour of Duty, China Beach and The Wonder Years) which led to me building a lot of model kits and collecting The 'Nam (the comic book about the Vietnam war), and my obsession with Star Trek was just around the corner (to be sparked full flame by the "Best of Both Worlds: Part 1" TNG episode the next year).

Bel-Cam Jos
04-14-2008, 10:19 PM
Star Wars was long gone by then, so I believe I hade a lingering interest in Robotech: The Macross Saga (but that would die out soon), the Vietnam War (fed by TV shows like Tour of Duty, China Beach and The Wonder Years) which led to me building a lot of model kits and collecting The 'Nam (the comic book about the Vietnam war), and my obsession with Star Trek was just around the corner (to be sparked full flame by the "Best of Both Worlds: Part 1" TNG episode the next year).My Robotech addiction was gone by then (heavily into it about two years prior) but was quickly replaced by a massive comic book fix. I bought The 'Nam #1, of course expecting it to burst into value; not really. Didn't get into ST:TNG until its penultimate season.

plasticfetish
04-14-2008, 10:45 PM
Let's see... 20 years ago today, I was winding up my first year of college, and had swallowed down (probably) my 6,000th Lucky Lager of the year.

TeeEye7
04-14-2008, 10:52 PM
Twenty years ago, this August, Mrs. TI7 and I got busy; and nine months later, there was our son!

Hmmmm.....perhaps TMI for this thread.....

Deoxyribonucleic
04-15-2008, 05:41 AM
96 years ago today the titanic sank

Bel-Cam Jos
04-15-2008, 08:23 PM
143 years ago, Lincoln passed away. :cry:
61 years ago, Jackie Robinson made a difference in the world. :thumbsup:
20 years ago, my parents probably filed their taxes, the first time with two different states involved, I think. :( Or at least the last in just one state.

CaptainSolo1138
04-16-2008, 09:15 AM
April 16th:

* 1178 BC - A solar eclipse may mark the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.
* 73 - Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
* 1071 - Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.
* 1346 - The Serbian Empire was proclaimed in Skopje by Dusan Silni, occupying much of the South-Eastern Europe.
* 1395 - Azzo X d'Este is defeated at the Battle of Portomaggiore by Venetian-Ferrarese troops.
* 1521 - Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
* 1582 - Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
* 1746 - Battle of Culloden
* 1780 - The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
* 1799 - Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor – Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
* 1853 - The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
* 1858 - The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
* 1862 - American Civil War: The Battle at Lee's Mills in Virginia.
* 1862 - American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
* 1863 - American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
* 1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
* 1912 - Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
* 1917 - Vladimir Lenin returns to Saint Petersburg from exile in Finland.
* 1919 - Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the British slaughter of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre.
* 1922 - The Treaty of Rapallo, in which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations between Berlin and Moscow, is signed.
* 1925 - During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
* 1941 - World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
* 1943 - Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
* 1945 - The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.
* 1945 - The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) Prisoner of War camp Oflag IVc .
* 1945 - More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
* 1946 - Syria gains independence.
* 1947 - Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
* 1947 - Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
* 1947 - Jackie Robinson breaks the racial barrier of Major League Baseball. He is the first African American player to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
* 1953 - Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Britannia.
* 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
* 1964 - Great Train Robbery - 12 men are sentenced to a total of 307 years.
* 1972 - Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
* 1972 - Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive – prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.
* 1987 - British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.
* 1988 - In Forlì, Italy, Red Brigades kill Italian Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor to Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita.
* 1990 - The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, goes through with his first assisted suicide.
* 1992 - The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
* 2003 - The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
* 2007 - Virginia Tech massacre: the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide.

Mad Slanted Powers
04-16-2008, 07:33 PM
Most of those things happened much longer than twenty years ago.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-16-2008, 08:11 PM
Most of those things happened much longer than twenty years ago.But not in Oceania, where 2 + 2 = 5. Newspeak rules!

CaptainSolo1138
04-16-2008, 09:12 PM
Most of those things happened much longer than twenty years ago.
And so did the events in the two posts prior to mine. Thanks for "quoting" theirs, too.:rolleyes:

Mad Slanted Powers
04-16-2008, 10:59 PM
I didn't quote anybody. Your post just happened to be the most recent of many which seemed to be drifting from the intent of my original post, so I figured it was time to try to point that out.

Basically what I was thinking when I started the thread was how much things have changed, and how one's perception of time and recollection of events can differ from reality. For example, I was just looking up some songs on iTunes last night. I'd see a song from 2004 and think, "Wow, that song is four years old already." Then there would be a song from a year or two ago that I've already lumped in with the older song as being from about the same time.

When I was a kid, the 60's seemed like a long time ago, and the 50's ancient. As a 9 year old in 1979, the Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan was 15 years earlier. The beginning of the rock & roll era circa 1955 was 24 years earlier. However, from today, Nirvana's Nevermind was over 16 years ago and Madonna's first hits were 24 years ago. Those don't seem old to me. Perhaps someone a decade or two younger than I will perceive the 80's and early 90's the same way I perceive the 60's and late 50's.

Perhaps it's just a sign of getting old and there being too many trivial facts to keep in my head. I used to follow the NFL really close as a kid. I'd go over and over a lot of the scores and stats and could have told you who made the playoffs in what year, or at least a lot better than I could tell you anything about the past 20 years. Of course, when I was 10, there was only 10 years of history after the AFL-NFL merger. There's been nearly 30 more years of history to keep track of, and I haven't been studying the results like I used to. I still remember a lot of little details from back then, but the last 20 years tend to kind of run together.

Deoxyribonucleic
04-16-2008, 11:51 PM
I didn't quote anybody. Your post just happened to be the most recent of many which seemed to be drifting from the intent of my original post, so I figured it was time to try to point that out.

Well, it was my fault but if anyone can give me a thread that has "stayed on topic" I'll gladly go smoke a cigarette :thumbsup: Or maybe I deserve the death penalty since internet forums are SUCH serious business and I violated this contract by engaging in the general conversational techniques of human behavior :eek: You know, you start conversing about a subject and then that brings up another subject and you begin conversing about that subject, and so on and so forth. ;)

CaptainSolo1138
04-17-2008, 12:08 AM
You (http://blog.dreamhost.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/serious.jpg) know (http://woh-team.com/terms/1/img/internets.jpg) how (http://a1.vox.com/6a00c2252b2c8f604a00c2252b2f29549d-500pi) it (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/internetstooserious.jpg) goes. (http://www.japanator.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/serious_buisness_by_adomiel.jpg)

Now if you'll excuse me... (http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/ReloadAndRepent/SaveTheInternets.jpg)

Mad Slanted Powers
04-17-2008, 12:12 AM
Well, it was my fault but if anyone can give me a thread that has "stayed on topic" I'll gladly go smoke a cigarette :thumbsup: Or maybe I deserve the death penalty since internet forums are SUCH serious business and I violated this contract by engaging in the general conversational techniques of human behavior :eek: You know, you start conversing about a subject and then that brings up another subject and you begin conversing about that subject, and so on and so forth. :thumbsup:
No, it wasn't your fault. I think sith killer posted a long list like CS1138 did, and then Tycho began his life story (actually I guess that was another thread, though he touched on it briefly here). No big deal. If anyone understands about forum and chat room tangents, it's me. Why, I recall back when I would go into the AOL chatrooms all the time and people would come in and wonder why weren't we talking about (fill in name of chatroom). I'd say because everything is connected. One thing leads to another.

Actually, my thread title kind of implies that this thread should be about what happened on this date twenty years ago. Perhaps I should have titled it, "Man, how time flies." Or perhaps a Star Wars theme of "Didn't we just leave this party?" Or the Pink Floyd theme of "And then one day you find 10 (20 in this case) years have got behind you."

Deoxyribonucleic
04-17-2008, 12:19 AM
Perhaps I should have titled it, "Man, how time flies." Or perhaps a Star Wars theme of "Didn't we just leave this party?" Or the Pink Floyd theme of "And then one day you find 10 (20 in this case) years have got behind you."


You (http://blog.dreamhost.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/serious.jpg) know (http://woh-team.com/terms/1/img/internets.jpg) how (http://a1.vox.com/6a00c2252b2c8f604a00c2252b2f29549d-500pi) it (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/internetstooserious.jpg) goes. (http://www.japanator.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/serious_buisness_by_adomiel.jpg)

Now if you'll excuse me... (http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/ReloadAndRepent/SaveTheInternets.jpg)

Ok one, that was fooookin' fast to get all those pictures! Two, you had me rolling with laughter and three, I'm glad you guys didn't take my post the wrong way, (sometimes it's hard to convey that with only the written word and I was actually laughing a bit nervously because I thought I'd started it) it was meant to be poking fun at myself and just in general to lighten the mood. It seemed to have worked because both your posts are cracking me up!:thumbsup:

but seriously now, back on topic ;)

CaptainSolo1138
04-17-2008, 12:37 AM
Ok one, that was fooookin' fast to get all those pictures!
You doubt my intrawebz speed?

I'd stay here and argue all night, but I've got stuff to do. (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/funny-pictures-superman-orange-cat.jpg)

kthxbai (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/funny-pictures-dolphin-jump-all-the-fish.jpg)



:p

plasticfetish
04-17-2008, 01:21 AM
how (http://a1.vox.com/6a00c2252b2c8f604a00c2252b2f29549d-500pi)Uh... not to go off topic again, but WTF is up with that cat? Is that a human-cat hybrid? Something is wrong with that thing.

Mad Slanted Powers
04-17-2008, 01:25 AM
how (http://a1.vox.com/6a00c2252b2c8f604a00c2252b2f29549d-500pi)


but I've got stuff to do. (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/funny-pictures-superman-orange-cat.jpg)
Kitty! (Ever since I saw Monsters Inc., I want to say that whenever I see a cat, whether it be a little kitten or ferocious lion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion), tiger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods) or cougar (http://www.aarp.org/family/love/articles/cougars_and_their.html).

CaptainSolo1138
04-17-2008, 08:07 AM
Uh... not to go off topic again, but WTF is up with that cat? Is that a human-cat hybrid? Something is wrong with that thing.That's "Serious Cat" (Google it). I can't keep a straight face when I see that picture.

bobafrett
04-17-2008, 11:44 AM
20 years ago, I was still a virgin. Didn't lose that title until just a couple years later. Then when I just started getting the swing of it, I had a child, born in 91.

I graduated from high school in 83

Was an idiot for not going to college. Well I did take some classes at a local college. In fact I was enrolled in a ceramics class about the time my son's mom was pregnant with him.