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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1988 by topic:
By country
Birth and death categories
Establishments and disestablishments categories
Works and introductions categories
1988 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1988
Ab urbe condita 2741
Armenian calendar 1437
Assyrian calendar 6738
Bahá'í calendar 144–145
Bengali calendar 1395
Berber calendar 2938
British Regnal year 36 Eliz. 2 – 37 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar 2532
Burmese calendar 1350
Byzantine calendar 7496–7497
Chinese calendar 丁卯(Fire Rabbit)
4684 or 4624
    — to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
4685 or 4625
Coptic calendar 1704–1705
Discordian calendar 3154
Ethiopian calendar 1980–1981
Hebrew calendar 5748–5749
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2044–2045
 - Shaka Samvat 1909–1910
 - Kali Yuga 5088–5089
Holocene calendar 11988
Igbo calendar 988–989
Iranian calendar 1366–1367
Islamic calendar 1408–1409
Japanese calendar Shōwa 63
Javanese calendar 1920–1921
Juche calendar 77
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4321
Minguo calendar ROC 77
Nanakshahi calendar 520
Thai solar calendar 2531
Unix time 567993600 – 599615999

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1988th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 988th year of the 2nd millennium, the 88th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1980s decade.

In the 20th century, the year 1988 has the most Roman numeral digits (11).

1988 was a crucial year in the early history of the Internet—it was the year of the first well-known computer virus, the 1988 Internet worm. The first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the United States (NSFNET) and Europe (Nordunet) as well as the first Internet-based chat protocol, Internet Relay Chat. The concept of the World Wide Web was first discussed at CERN in 1988.

The Soviet Union began its major restructuring towards a mixed economy at the beginning of 1988 and began its gradual collapse. The Iron Curtain began to disintegrate in 1988 as Hungary began allowing freer travel to the West. The first extrasolar planet, Gamma Cephei Ab (confirmed in 2002) was detected this year and the World Health Organization began its mission to eradicate polio.