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Movie history events from 1988

Bartleby Gaines and his friends are born. (Wickliffe, Ohio) (Accepted)

By the time David Norris enters high school, his father is dead. (Brooklyn, New York) (The Adjustment Bureau)

First appearance of Akira's true powers. (Tokoyo, Japan) (Akira)

An alien slave ship lands, crewed by a genetically-engineered race adapted for hard labor in almost any environment. The Newcomers are placed under temporary quarantine by the United States government. (Mojave Desert, California) (Alien Nation)

Matt Stifler is born. (East Great Falls, Michigan) (American Pie: Band Camp)

Randy Daytona loses the World Championship ping pong match. As a result, Master Feng kills his father. (Seoul, South Korea) (Balls of Fury)

Bill & Ted meet Rufus for the first time, and begin to travel through time. (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)

Catcher Crash Davis breaks the minor league home run record; Ebbie Calvin "Nuke" La Louche makes his major league debut. (Durham, NC) (Bull Durham)

Toss Perot is a Presidential Candidate in this year according to this film. (The Campaign)

Alex Cross (Louis Jeffries in a former life) meets Corinne Jeffries and her (and his) daughter Miranda. (Chances Are)

A doll called Chucky wreaks a bit of havoc. (Child's Play)

Crown Prince Akeem of Zamunda arrives in hopes of finding a bride who can "stimulate (his) mind as well as (his) loins". (Queens, NY) (Coming to America)

Prince Akeem marries Lisa McDowell, heiress to the McDowell's fast food franchise. (Zamunda, Africa) (Coming to America)

Cleo McDowell, owner of the McDowell's fast food franchise, is embroiled in a copyright infringement suit with McDonald's over his "golden arcs" logo. (Queens, NY) (Coming to America)

A car that is later owned by the Callgirl Killer is made. (Creepshow III)

Charity Uncles is born. (Dance Flick)

Kale Brecht, future adolescent-under-house-arrest, is born. (Disturbia)

Manhattan is declared a maximum security prison. (New York) (Escape From New York)

Harry Knowles' niece who later goes by "Rogue Leader" is born. (Fanboys)

Ray Kinsella builds a baseball diamond in his field after hearing a voice repeating, "If you build it, he will come." (Field of Dreams)

Jason Robert Wise born. (Final Destination 3)

Gary Gaines leads his school football team to the Texas state semifinals. (Friday Night Lights)

It's 1988. (Friends with Benefits)

After the death of his mother, Peter Quill is abducted by the Ravagers, led by Yondu. (Missouri) (Guardians of the Galaxy)

11 yr old hacker "Zero Cool" banned from using a computer for crashing 1507 systems in one day, causing a 7pt drop in the New York Stock Exchange. (Seattle) (Hackers)

The Incredible Hulk returns, and fights Thor. (The Incredible Hulk Returns)

Louis de Pointe du Lac returns to New Orleans and finds Leastat de Lioncourt, who wants Louis to stay with him again. (New Orleans) (Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles)

South Peak Street is closed. (Highlands, New Jersey) (Jersey Girl)

Danny Maccabee gets his heart broken on his wedding day and uses his wedding ring to pick up a girl at a bar. (Los Angeles, California) (Just Go with It)

Simon Wilkinson dies. (New York City, New York) (Kick-Ass 2)

Ray Owens joins the LAPD. (Los Angeles, California) (The Last Stand)

Jack Harris proposes to Diana in exchange for a secret fried chicken recipe. (Houston, Texas) (Middle Men)

The events of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master take place. (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4)

Marjane catches Markus cheating on her. She starts living on the streets before she goes home to her family. (Vienna, Austria) (Persepolis)

Dance teacher Mr Jonathon gets Highly Recommended at some dance awards. (Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance)

Walter Mitty becomes a negative asset manager at Life magazine. (New York City, New York) (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Shoot to Kill is released. (Six Degrees of Separation)

Dale leaves college to "get into the family business". (Sacramento, CA) (Step Brothers)

Evan, Seth, and Fogell are born. (Superbad)

Desmond Elden is born. (Boston, Massachusetts) (The Town)

Nuclear war causes a fascist regime to take control of England. (V for Vendetta)

George H.W. Bush becomes President of the United States of America. (Washington) (W.)

Gordon Gecko in court. (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)

Pete gets a 50cc Suzuki. He lets Gary drive it, but Gary runs over his leg. (Newport Haven, UK) (The World's End)

Mr Magnificent breaks Randy 'The Ram' Robinson's shoulder. (The Wrestler)

Imprisoned Erik Lehnsherr tells a correctional facility officer to visit the infirmary. The next day, the officer is diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis. He is reassigned since there is too much iron in his blood. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

A few renegade mutants knock down a mile-long section of the Berlin wall in an act of protest, killing 23 people and injuring over 200. The protest alarmed citizens of West Germany, sparking anti-mutant policies. The Berlin Wall stands today and East Germany has been designated as a mutant zone. (Berlin, Germany) (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

January: Jamaican bobsleigh team qualifies and competes in the Winter Olympics. (Calgary) (Cool Runnings)

Saturday 2nd January: Kyle Gatehouse is born. (Weston Falls, Illinois) (Source Code)

Friday 8th January: Mary Mattock is evaluated. (Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings Park, NY) (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet)

Sunday 24th January: Donnie Darko gets pills. (Donnie Darko)

Monday 1st February: Brian Spilner violates code 80111. (2 Fast 2 Furious)

Sunday 7th February: Hannibal Lecter bites a nurse during. (Baltimore, MD) (Hannibal)

Friday 12th February: Donny Berger appears in the news. (That's My Boy)

Sunday 21st February: Anne-Claude Tremblay is born. (Illinois) (Source Code)

Monday 7th March: Judge Fenwick indicted on bribery charges. (Chances Are)

Thursday 10th March: Lucy is born. (Lucy)

Saturday 9th April: Cindy Meltzer is born. (Ohio) (Extract)

Thursday 14th April: Soviets sign Geneva Accords. Troops withdraw from Afghanistan. (Charlie Wilson's War)

May: At senior prom, Alyssa Jones has a menage a trois in a limo with Gwen Turner and a 26 yr old man. (Chasing Amy)

Wednesday 11th May: Sergeant Oswald Cochrane is killed in a helicopter accident. (Die Hard 2)

Wednesday 11th May: Kim Philby dies. (Moscow) (The Fourth Protocol)

Thursday 12th May: The events of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives take place. (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives)

June: Caitlin Bree, Alyssa Jones and Cohee Lundin graduate from North High School, while Dante Hicks, Randal Graves, Julie Dwyer, Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards graduate from Henry Hudson. (Chasing Amy)

June: Missy Egan graduates from high school. (Southport, North Carolina) (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

June: High school graduate Diane Court dates Lloyd Dobler. (Seattle, Washington) (Say Anything...)

Tuesday 7th June: Michael Cera is born. (Brampton, Ontario) (Paper Heart)

Sunday 12th June: Cindy's fake alias is born. (Kansas) (Extract)

Monday 27th June: Pee-wee has lunch with Winnie. (Big Top Pee-Wee)

Tuesday 28th June: Pee-wee has lunch with Winnie. (Big Top Pee-Wee)

Wednesday 29th June: A storm occurs on Pee-wee's farm and he decides to help circus people. (Big Top Pee-Wee)

Thursday 30th June: Pee-wee breaks up with Winnie. (Big Top Pee-Wee)

Friday 1st July: Winnie tells Pee-wee that she has been the happiest she has ever been since they broke up. (Big Top Pee-Wee)

Friday 15th July: Die Hard is released. (Funny People)

Wednesday 10th August: Dade Murphy crashes 1,507 computer systems in one day, including Wall Street trading systems,single handedly causing a seven point drop in the New York Stock Market. (Seattle, Washington) (Hackers)

Friday 12th August: Jean Michel-Basquiat dies of a heroine overdose. (Manhattan, New York City) (Basquiat)

Saturday 20th August: The Iran-Iraq War ends. (Persepolis)

September: Veronica Loughran begins studying at Seton Hall and goes down on the first of over 30 men while there. (Clerks)

Saturday 1st October: Donnie Darko argues with his sister and mother. (Donnie Darko)

Sunday 2nd October: Donnie Darko is visited by a giant bunny rabbit, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. (Donnie Darko)

Thursday 6th October: Donnie Darko floods his school. (Donnie Darko)

Monday 10th October: Jason Bourne's police ID is issued. (Paris, France) (The Bourne Identity)

Monday 10th October: Donnie starts studying time travel. (Donnie Darko)

Tuesday 18th October: Donnie Darko tries to kiss Gretchen Ross. (Donnie Darko)

Wednesday 26th October: 4 days remain. (Donnie Darko)

Saturday 29th October: Hallowe'en party at the Darko's. (Donnie Darko)

Sunday 30th October: Donnie Darko's alternate universe ends. (Donnie Darko)

Sunday 30th October: Michael Myers awakens from a coma after hearing about his niece. (Smith's Grove, Illinois) (Halloween 4)

Monday 31st October: Micheal Myers woke from a coma and killed more people them dissaperaes while his neice kills her foster-mother. (Haddonfield, Illinois) (Halloween 4)

November: Charles Lee Ray steals a ring from Vivian Van Pelt. (Bride of Chucky)

Tuesday 8th November: Wyatt Donnely fake drivers license expires. (Shermer, Illinois) (Weird Science)

Wednesday 9th November: Tiffany cuts out a newspaper article about Charles Lee Ray's death. (Bride of Chucky)

Wednesday 9th November: Charles Lee Ray is shot by Detective Mike Norris. He transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll, which is later given to Andy Barclay as a birthday present. (Child's Play)

Wednesday 9th November: Hansel "Hedwig" Schmitt of East Germany weds American soldier Sgt Luther Robinson and immigrates to the United States. (East Germany) (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

Thursday 10th November: Chucky kills Eddie Caputo. (Child's Play)

Friday 11th November: Chucky is shot in the heart by Detective Norris in the Barclay apartment. (Child's Play)

Wednesday 23rd November: Francis Dollarhyde's driver license expires. (Chester, Missouri) (Manhunter)

Tuesday 29th November: Joshua Strader is released. (Alien Nation)

Wednesday 30th November: Warren Hubley is released. (Alien Nation)

December: Warren Hubley is relocated. (Riverside County, California) (Alien Nation)

December: Joshua Strader is relocated. (Los Angeles, California) (Alien Nation)

December: Cecil Porter is relocated. (Modesto, California) (Alien Nation)

December: A license plate expires. (Chicago, Illinois) (Child's Play)

December: Will Graham receives a Christmas card from Hannibal Lecter. (Marathon, FL) (Red Dragon)

Thursday 1st December: Cecil Porter is released. (Alien Nation)

Saturday 10th December: Lucinda Embry dies of a drug overdose after years of hearing voices. (Knowing)

Saturday 24th December: Det John McClane battles international terrorist Hans Gruber in the Nakatomi Tower. (Los Angeles) (Die Hard)

Saturday 24th December: Agents are killed in a car accident. (Salt)

Saturday 24th December: Evelyn Salt's parents are killed in a car accident. (Salt)

Saturday 24th December: Frank Cross is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas. (Scrooged)

Sunday 25th December: The Balboas have a good time on Christmas. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (Rocky V)

Monday 26th December: According to the article "Serial Killer Gunned Down," Charles Lee Ray was gunned down at a local toystore in the early morning of this day. (Chicago, Illinois) (Curse of Chucky)

Tuesday 27th December: An article titled "Serial Killer Gunned Down" is published. (Chicago, Illinois) (Curse of Chucky)

Thursday 29th December: Andy Barclay tells a judge that his doll Chucky murdered some people and tried to kill him too. (Chicago, Illinois) (Curse of Chucky)


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