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1996 Trivia

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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 consective MLB game record when he played game number 2,131
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Tyra Banks, Kathy Ireland, Valeria Mazza, Rebecca Romijn, Victoria Silvstedt, Niki Taylor, Renée Zellweger
"The Quotes"

"You had me at 'hello'"
- Renée Zellweger, 'Jerry Maguire'

"Show me the Money!"
- Cuba Gooding, Jr., in 'Jerry Maguire'

During 1996 democratic convention Al Gore said, "I would like to demonstrate for you the Al Gore version of the Macarena", then remained motionless for a few seconds, and eventually asked, "Would you like to see it again?"

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
David Ho
Miss America:
Shawntel Smith (Muldrow, OK)
Miss USA:
Ali Landry (Louisiana)

The Scandals:
As an April Fool's Day prank, the Taco Bell Corporation took out a full-page ad that appeared in six major newspapers saying that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. The National Historic Park in Philadelphia received hundreds of outraged calls.

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.

Jackie Stern was arrested for wearing a Medal of Honor he did not earn, a judge forced him to write an apology letter to all living Medal of Honor recipients as punishment. There were 171 recipients he wrote letters to.

Richard Jewell, a security guard who was a national hero, when he saved hundreds of people by spotting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. He was later wrongly accused of the crime, enduring an unfair 'trial by media', which took a toll on him personally and professionally.

When Atari was shut down in 1996, the (Historically valuable) source code to Asteroids and Centipede was thrown out as trash.

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 te content his brother was talking about.

A man broke into a New Zealand radio station, held the manager hostage, and demanded for the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog nonstop. Police came before it was played.

Rage Against the Machine played Saturday Night Live with host Steve Forbes. In protest of billionaires like Forbes, they hung two upside-down flags from their stage, against the wishes of staff. After a confrontation with SNL stagehands, they were kicked out before the second song.

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

Beauty Pagean Queen Murder: JonBenet ramsey was found killed in her basement, and the killer was never found.

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

1996 Pop Culture News:
The day before the 1996 US presidential election, the NYT Crossword contained the clue "Lead story in tomorrow's newspaper" -- the puzzle was built so that both electoral outcomes were correct answers, requiring 7 other clues to have dual responses.

Charlie Sheen paid $6,537.50 to buy 2,615 tickets to a Major League Baseball game at Anaheim Stadium, hoping to catch a home run ball. Sheen and three of his friends sat alone, 20 rows up, but no home runs were hit that day.

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

The BBC applied to register the TARDIS as a trademark and were challenged by the Metropolitan Police. The courts found no evidence that any police force had ever registered the image as a trademark. The courts ruled in BBCs favor.

When the movie "The Rock" premiered on Alcatraz in 1996 a man windsurfed to the island wearing a wing-collar tuxedo shirt and bow tie, and then snuck into the celebrity party.

Mary Tyler Moore offered a restaurant $1,000 to sell her a 65 year-old lobster so she could return it to the wild. Rush Limbaugh then offered $2,000 to eat the lobster. The restaurant denied both offers and kept the lobster as a mascot.

A painting was stolen from the Museum of Bad Art. The museum offered a reward of six dollars and fifty cents for its return, and the purported thief demanded a $5,000 ransom ten years later. It was returned with no ransom paid.

Binti Jua - a Gorilla who, in 1996, who tended to a three-year-old boy who had fallen into her enclosure and was knocked unconscious and bleeding. After she heard the keepers coming in, she gave up the child freely.

A man was flying a remote-controlled model plane in Dublin when the receiver died. The plane continued with no guidance for 5 miles, then ran out of fuel and glided to a stop on the runway of Dublin Airport.

During a blizzard in Allentown PA, the Orlando Magic, Marilyn Manson, and the cast of Sesame Street Live were all stranded in a hotel together

Muhammad Ali threw his 1960 Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River, following is refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant. He would be awarded with an honorary medal in 1996.

The Dana Carvey Show, which aired just 7 episodes, had a writing team that included Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel, Dino Stamatopoulous and others.

Oprah started her famous book club.

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

The copy of the Space Jam website is still up, and hasn't been updated since 1996.

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 personel at the gate.

Human Hero: 18 year old Keshia Thomas, while marching to protest a KKK rally in Michigan, protected a white man, who had an "SS" tattoo and and a confederate flag shirt, from the attacks of a crowd. She threw herself on him to deflect the mob's strikes, due to her belief that "nobody deserves to be hurt."

Human Hero: Wladimir Klitschko auctioned off his 1996 Olympic gold medal in March 2012 for charity. The buyer payed $1 million but immediatly returned it because he wanted it to stay in the family.

Actor Hero: Mark Harmon rescued two teenage boys from a car accident that occurred outside his home. He used a sledgehammer from his garage to break a window and pull the two out of the burning car.

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

The Habits:
Doing the Macarena

Playing wi 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.
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)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1996 include:
Aaliyah, Alanis Morissette, Blackstreet, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Brandy, Busta Rhymes, Celine Dion, Coolio, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Faith Hill, Fugees, Gin Blossoms, Ginuwine, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jay-Z, Jewel, Keith Sweat, La Bouche, Lauryn Hill, LeeAnn Rimes, LL Cool J, Los Del Rio, Mariah Carey, Monica, No Doubt, Oasis, 112, R. Kelly, Ricky Martin, The Smashing Pumpkins, Toni Braxton, 2Pac,

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1996:
December 2, 1995 - March 22, 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day

March 23, 1996 - May 3, 1996: CÚline Dion - Because You Loved Me

May 4, 1996 - May 17, 1996: Mariah Carey - Always Be My Baby

May 18, 1996 - July 12, 1996: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Tha Crossroads

July 13, 1996 - July 26, 1996: 2Pac featuring K-Ci & JoJo / Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman - How Do U Want It / California Love

July 27, 1996 - August 2, 1996: Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High / Let It Flow

August 3, 1996 - November 8, 1996: Los Del Rio - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)

November 9, 1996 - December 6, 1996: Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre - No Diggity

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

The Top 40 Songs of 1996, according to Billboard Magazine
1. Don't Speak - No Doubt
2. Macarena (bayside boys mix) - Los Del Rio
3. In-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
4. That Crossroads - Bone thugs-n-harmony
5. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
6. No Diggity - BLACKstreet with Dr. Dre
7. Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
8. How Do U Want It - 2 Pac with KC & JoJo
9. You're Makin' Me High - Toni Braxton
10. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
11. It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion
12. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
13. Killing Me Softly - Fugees with Lauryn Hill
14. Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project
15. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
16. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
17. Twisted - Keith Sweat
18. Missing - Everything But The Girl
19. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
20. Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
21. Nobody - Keith Sweat with Athena
22. C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJ's
23. Loungin - LL Cool J
24. Hit Me Off - New Edition
25. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
26. Mouth - Merril Bainbridge
27. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly w Ronald & Ernie Isley
28. One of Us - Joan Osborne
29. Where Do You Go - No Mercy
30. Change The World - Eric Clapton
31. 1,2,3,4 (Supin' New) - Coolio
32. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
33. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) - R. Kelly
34. You're The One - SWV
35. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
36. Be My Lover - La Bouche
37. Pony - Ginuwine
38. California Love - 2Pac with Dr. Dre and Roger
39. You Learn - Alanis Morissette
40. This Is For The Lover In You - Babyface with LL Cool J & Jody Watley

Popular Music in 1996 - # 1 Hits of 1996