UConn women played in first NCAA Tournament
UConn men won first national basketball title
Connecticut’s governor was William O’Neill
Connecticut was less crowded
Allison Williams was born
UCONN tuition was cheaper
Connecticut’s senator was Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
Bridgeport Hospital got an MRI center
The first Hispanic woman was elected to the Connecticut legislature
Minimum wage was lower
Katherine Heigl started her career
Gas was cheaper
Evan Ross was born
Cars were cheaper
Paul Newman opened Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Yale New Haven Hospital made history
John Mayer was 11 years old
'Mystic Pizza' was released
Seth MacFarlane was 15 years old
Houses were cheaper
Political views were different
Meg Ryan starred in D.O.A.
Tolls were removed from two highways
Danbury got JC Penney
Christopher Lloyd starred in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'
Trumbull Mall had a movie theater
In 1988, the UConn women’s basketball team took part in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, from that year on solidifying a spot in the tournament every year after.
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In 1988, the UConn men’s basketball team took part in the National Invitation Tournament. UConn went on a run in the tournament and defeated Ohio State 72–67 at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT, the school's first national basketball title.
William O’Neill (left) was Connecticut's governor in 1988. He served two-an-a-half terms from 1980-1991.
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In 1988, the population on Connecticut was less than it is now. During the 1980s the Census recorded a population of 3,107,576 people, while in 2014 it was estimated to be 3,596,677.
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Allison Williams was born in 1988. The daughter of Brian Williams, Allison went from a New Canaan resident to a Yale graduate to a star on the HBO TV series 'Girls.'
In 1988, the cost of UConn's tuition was $2,133 for in-state students and $5,888 for out-of-state students. In the 2014-15 school year, tuition is $9,858 for in-state students and $30,030 for out-of-state students.
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Lowell P. Weicker Jr. was Connecticut's senator in 1988. The Republican served from 1971-1989, and lost his seat to Joseph I. Lieberman. In 1991 Weicker was elected the state's 85th governor.
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In 1988, Bridgeport Hospital was the first to have an MRI center in Fairfield County.
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In 1988, Maria C. Sanchez became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the Connecticut legislature.
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In 1988, the Connecticut minimum wage was $4.25. In 2015, the state minimum wage hit $9.15 and will reach $10.10 in 2017.
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In 1988, a ten-year-old Katherine Heigl, at the time a resident of New Canaan, was starting her career as a child model and actress for a number of commercials.
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In 1988, the average gas price was between 72 and 98 cents per gallon. In March 2015, Connecticut's average gas price is $2.51, which is actually a dollar or so per gallon less than last year.
Photo: Lindsay Niegelberg
In 1988, Evan Ross (second from right), the son of popular singer Diana Ross, was born in Greenwich. He is an actor and musician most known for his performances in 'ATL' and the TV series '90210.'
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In 1988, the average price of a 4-door sedan was around $7,200. In 2014 the average cost was about $25,000, according to Kelley Blue Book.
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In 1988, Paul Newman opened his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp gives children battling serious medical conditions the chance to experience the fun and excitement of camp free of charge.
In 1988, Yale New Haven Hospital conducted the first bone marrow and heart lung transplants in Connecticut.
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In 1988, John Mayer, a Connecticut native raised in Fairfield, was 11 years old. The first dramatic change in his life would come two years later at the age of 13 when his father rented him a guitar, which would solidify his love for music in the years to come.
Photo: Connecticut Post
In 1988, Mystic Pizza, the movie starring Julia Roberts that took place in Mystic, Connecticut was released.
Kent native Seth MacFarlane was 15 years old in 1988. He was in high school working on his own cartoon sketches and experimenting with animation. He is the creator of 'Family Guy' and provides some of the voices on the show.
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In 1988, the average price of a Connecticut home was $150,00 compared to the average price of $239,500 as of Jan. 31, 2015.
Photo: Helen Neafsey
In 1988, there were more Republican voters making up the state than Democrats with the percentages being 52 against 48. Now the state has flipped and Democrats are in the lead for voters with the amount of 59 against 41 percent.
Photo: Ned Gerard
In 1988, Meg Ryan, a Bethel native, starred in 'D.O.A.' opposite Dennis Quaid. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1979. Ryan is best known for her roles in some of the most popular romantic comedies of the 1980s.
In 1988, Connecticut removed the tolls on Route 15 and I-95 due to a number of crashes that were occurring at these areas. That makes traveling much easier because we all know how cramped the Merritt is already without tolls.
Photo: Ned Gerard
In 1988, two years after the grand opening of the Danbury Fair Mall, JC Penney was finally added.
Photo: Tyler Sizemore
In 1988, actor and Stamford native Christopher Lloyd was busy playing the bad guy Judge Doom in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.'
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In 1988, the Trumbull Mall had it’s own movie theater. Now in its place is LA Fitness all while the movie theater has changed location to Quarry Road.
Photo: Ned Gerard