1996 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

1996 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

Quick Facts from 1996:

  • World Changing Event: Dolly the cloned sheep was born on 5 July 1996.
    She was named after busty singer Dolly Parton because her DNA came from a mammary gland cell.
  • The Top Song was Don’t Speak by No Doubt
  • The Movies to Watch include Jerry Maguire, The English Patient, Michael and Mars Attacks!
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Lance Armstrong
  • Notable books include: It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton and Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
  • Minimum Wage in 1996: $4.75 per hour
    Compaq Presario Computer: $1,999.99
  • Red Bull energy drink entered the US Market.
  • The Funny Guy was: Adam Sandler
  • The Funny Girl was: Kathleen Madigan
  • The Crazy Conspiracy: Tupac Shakur was not really shot and killed in the BMW driven by fellow rapper Suge Knight.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1996:
Emily, Jessica, Ashley, Sarah, Samantha, Michael, Matthew, Jacob, Chris, Topher, Joshua

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Claudia Schiffer

Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
Tupac Shakur, George Clooney, Tom Cruise

“The Quotes:”
“You had me at ‘hello'”
– Renée Zellweger, ‘Jerry Maguire’

“Show me the Money!”
– Cuba Gooding, Jr., in ‘Jerry Maguire’

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
David Ho

Miss America:
Shawntel Smith (Muldrow, OK)

Miss USA:
Ali Landry (Louisiana)

The Scandal:
The United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the People’s Republic of China to influence domestic American politics during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself.

Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber was captured. He had killed d injured 23 people in his 17-year spree. He was turned in by his brother, David, who recognized the writing style and the content his brother was talking about.

Beauty Pageant Princess Murder: JonBenet Ramsey was found killed in her basement, and the killer was never found.

Rap Star Murder:
Tupac Shakur killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Actress Overdose Death:
Margaux Hemingway, age 42, from a deliberate overdose of phenobarbitol

Pop Culture News:
Jim Carrey was the first actor to make $20,000,000 to star in a single film, The Cable Guy.

Oprah started her famous book club.

Febreze fabric refesher began test-marketing in 1996. By 1998, it was sold nation-wide.

In 1996, Travelocity opened online. Early on, it was primarily travel agents who booked flights on American Airlines.

Animal Hero: Binti, a gorilla at the Brookfield Illinois Zoo, grabbed a 3 year-old who had fallen in the cage, protected him from the other apes, and delivered him to zoo personnel at the gate.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1996: $1,085,000

The Habits:
Doing the Macarena

Playing with Tickle Me Elmo

Reading Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

1st appearances & 1996’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tickle Me Elmo, Toy Story toys, Pokemon, Beanie Babies catch on, although they had been around since 1993. The McDonalds mini-beanie-babie giveway fueled the madness.

Popular and Notable Books From 1996:
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Airframe by Michael Crichton
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Desperation by Stephen King
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Intensity by Dean Koontz
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Malice by Danielle Steel
Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark
Primary Colors by Anonymous (Joe Klein)
The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice
Silent Honor by Danielle Steel
The Tenth Insight by James Redfield

East End Show – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Play) Opened on March 7, 1996 and Closed: April 3, 2005

Broadway Show – Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (Dance Musical) Opened on April 25, 1996 and Closed: January 10, 1999

Broadway Show – Rent (Musical) Opened on April 29, 1996 and Closed: September 7, 2008

Broadway Show – Chicago (Musical) Opened on November 14, 1996 (revival)

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Braveheart (presented in 1996)

1996 Entries toThe National Film Registry:
The Awful Truth (released in 1937)
Broken Blossoms (released in 1919)
The Deer Hunter (released in 1978)
Destry Rides Again (released in 1939)
Flash Gordon Serial (released in 1936)
The Forgotten Frontier (released in 1931)
Frank Film (released in 1973)
The Graduate (released in 1967)
The Heiress (released in 1949)
The Jazz Singer (released in 1927)
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (released in 1980)
M*A*S*H (released in 1970)
Mildred Pierce (released in 1945)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (released in 1976)
The Producers (released in 1968)
Pull My Daisy (released in 1959)
Road to Morocco (released in 1942)
She Done Him Wrong (released in 1933)
Shock Corridor (released in 1963)
Show Boat (released in 1936)
The Thief of Bagdad (released in 1924)
To Be or Not to Be (released in 1942)
Topaz (released in 1943/1945)
Verbena tragica (released in 1939)
Woodstock (released in 1970)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Independence Day
2. Twister
3. Mission: Impossible
4. Jerry Maguire
5. Ransom
6. 101 Dalmations
7. The Rock
8. The Nutty Professor
9. The Birdcage
10. A Time To Kill

1996 Most Popular TV shows:
1. E.R. (NBC)
2. Seinfeld (NBC)
3. Suddenly Susan (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. The Naked Truth (NBC)
6. Fired Up (NBC)
7. The Single Guy (NBC)
8. Home Improvement (ABC)
9. Touched By An Angetl (CBS)
10. 60 Minutes (CBS)

1996 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 2, 1995 – March 22, 1996:
One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

March 23 – May 3:
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

May 4 – May 17:
Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

May 18 – July 12:
Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs N Harmony

July 13 – July 26:
How Do U Want It – 2Pac featuring K-Ci and JoJo

July 27 – August 2:
You’re Makin’ Me High – Toni Braxton

August 3 – November 9:
Macarena (Bayside Boys remix) -Los Del Rio

November 9 – December 6:
No Diggity – Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre

December 7, 1996 – February 21, 1997:
Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
Superbowl XXX Champions: Dallas Cowboys
NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup Champs: Colorado Avalanche
U.S. Open Golf Steve Jones
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Richard Krajiceck/Steffi Graf
NCAA Football Champions: Florida
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Grindstone
Sports Highlights:
Cal Ripkin broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive MLB game record when he played game number 2,131