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1996 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1996 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
Superbowl XXX Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf|
|Richard Krajiceck/Steffi Graf|
|Cal Ripkin broke Lou Gehrig's consective MLB game record when he played game number 2,131|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1996 - Florida State
over Notre Dame
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1996 - USC over Northwestern
Sugar Bowl : December 31, 1995 - Virginia Tech over Texas
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Clussexx County Sunrise|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Shawntel Smith (Muldrow, OK)|
|Ali Landry (Louisiana)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Gabrielle Anwar, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Berkley, Halle Berry, Yasmine Bleeth, Amy Brenneman, Sandra Bullock, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Courteney Cox, Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz, Erika Eleniak, Linda Evangelista, Sherilyn Fenn, Linda Fiorentino, Anna Friel, Jo Guest, Teri Hatcher, Salma Hayek, Natasha Henstridge, Eva Herzigova, Martina Hingis, Elizabeth Hurley, Kathy Ireland, Janet Jackson, Famke Janssen, Ashley Judd, Patsy Kensit, Nicole Kidman, Lisa Kudrow, Heather Locklear, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Elle Macpherson, Valeria Mazza, Jenny McCarthy, Dannii Minogue, Kylie Minogue, Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Gena Lee Nolin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Princess Diana, Gabrielle Reece, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Elisabeth Shue, Alicia Silverstone, Victoria Silvstedt, Mira Sorvino, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler, Kate Winslet, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones|
|"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?"
Tom Cruise sent letters and gifts to the boy who originally played the little boy in Jerry Maguire but was replaced by Jonathan Lipnicki, because he "just didn't want that first actor to go to the movies, look at the screen and think he'd failed. I wanted him to love movies his entire life."
1996 Pop Culture History
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.
After the release of the 1996 film Scream, which involved
an anonymous killer calling and murdering his victims, Caller ID
usage tripled in the United States.
Top Gun was the lowest priced VHS ever for a major movie
when it was released ($27 when others were $30 to $100) because
it had a Diet Pepsi commercial before the movie.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|In 1996 as a hoax, Taco Bell printed in six major American
newspapers that it had bought The Liberty Bell and was renaming it
The Taco Liberty Bell.
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, became a short-term 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 notes were 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.
Billy Bailey became the last man in the United States to be executed by hanging. When asked why he chose the gallows over the standard lethal injection he said "I'm not going to let them put me to sleep."
A Nostradamus prophecy often taken as a prediction of the 9/11 attacks was a hoax. It was written in by Neil Marshall in 1996.
Several of Sublime's most well known songs, What I Got, Santeria, Wrong Way and Doin' Time, were not released until after songwriter Bradley Nowell passed away
The IRA planted a bomb in Manchester City centre and told the authorities they had an hour to evacuate the area. The police successfully managed to evacuate 75,000 people in what has been called the most 'extraordinary policing operations' in UK history. There wasn't a single fatality.
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.
A Canadian mining company Bre-X announced a huge discovery of gold and in the process went from a penny stock to $280/share and being valued at $4 billion. In reality it was all a fraud and the lead geologist was shaving off gold from his wedding band to add to drill core samples.
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
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|Nintendo 64, Tickle Me Elmo, Toy Story toys, anything
Pokemon, Pokemon Yellow video game
Beanie Babies catch on (although they had been around since 1993. The McDonalds mini-beanie-babie giveway fueled the madness.
|Doing the Macarena
Playing with Tickle Me Elmo
Reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Reading The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
1996/97 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. E.R. (NBC)
2. Seinfeld (NBC)
3. Suddenly Susan (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. The Naked Truth (NBC)
6. Fired Up (NBC)
7. Monday Night Football (ABC)
8. The Single Guy (NBC)
9. Home Improvement (ABC)
10. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|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.)
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
(according to boxofficemojo)
12 Monkeys, 101 Dalmations, A Time To Kill, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, The Birdcage, Broken Arrow, The English Patient, Eraser, Fargo, The First Wives Club, Happy Gilmore, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Independence Day, James and the Giant Peach, Jerry Maguire, Michael, Mission: Impossible, The Nutty Professor, Phenomenon, Ransom, The Rock, Scream, Space Jam, Star Trek: First Contact, Trainspotting, Twister
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