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  • Koningin BeatrixKoningin Beatrix (Huis van Oranje-Nassau) was from April 30, 1980 till April 30, 2013 sovereign of the Netherlands (also known as Koninkrijk der Nederlanden)
  • In The Netherlands , there was from Tuesday, November 4, 1986 to Tuesday, November 7, 1989 the cabinet Lubbers II, with Drs. R.F.M. Lubbers (CDA) as prime minister.
  • The Netherlands had about 14.7 million citizens.
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Weather

The temperature on February 17, 1988 was between 2.8 °C and 7.5 °C and averaged 5.3 °C. There was 1.3 mm of rain during 1.3 hours. There was 0.8 hours of sunshine (8%). The partly or heavily clouded was. The average windspeed was 3 Bft (moderate breeze) and was prevailing from the west-northwest.

Source: KNMI (weather station De Bilt/The Netherlands) 

Source: Delpher (Koninklijke Bibliotheek Newspapers from February 17, 1988 at Delpher

Born on February 17
Died on February 17

Names that were popular for boys in 1988
  • Marcel
  • Johannes
  • Jasper
  • Jeroen
  • James
  • Jan
  • Kevin
  • Matthew
  • David
  • Gerrit
  • Sander
  • Jacobus
  • Jonas
  • Maarten
  • Mathieu
Names that were popular for girls in 1988
  • Maria
  • Danielle
  • Laura
  • Ana
  • Anne
  • Johanna
  • Tessa
  • Anna
  • Beatrice
  • Charlotte
  • Christina
  • Elisabeth
  • Emily
  • Eveline
  • Inge