30 Years of Adam: 1988

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

1988 was an election year, and on May 17, polls showed that Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis led vice president George Bush by a 49-39 margin, a significant change from a month earlier. Obviously that trend continued and Dukakis went on to serve two successful terms as President before giving way to Tennessee senator Al Gore (or, none of that happened and Bush was elected in '88, then lost in '92).

The Western Conference Finals were in full swing on the 17th. Michael Cooper made a shot with 7 seconds left to give the Lakers a 111-109 win over the Jazz, as they took a 3-2 series lead. John Stockton led the Jazz with a playoff-record-tying 24 assists.

The Mets had a good day on May 17, 1988. David Cone pitched a gem, shutting out the Padres over seven innings with 12 strikeouts. Keith Hernandez drove in a run with a single in the 8th, giving the Mets a 1-0 win. They were in first place at the close of play, with a 3-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Notable May 17, 1988 births:
- actress Nikki Reed