Welcome to the year 1996!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1996. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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Printables for 1996:
World Around Me / 1 Page / Full Post
1996 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.73 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.31 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of white bread~ 88 cents (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 32 cents
New Car Price~ $16,300 (thepeoplehistory.com)
Gallon of Regular Unleaded Gasoline~ $1.26 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $4.42 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $140,000 (Census.gov)
1996 Top Celebrities:
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Lisa Marie Presley
Vivica A. Fox
1996 Top Athletes:
Amy Van Dyken
1996 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys win 27-17 against Pittsburg Steelers
Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett
The Kentucky Derby: Grindstone
The Masters: Nick Faldo
NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls win series 4-2 against Seattle Supersonics
Wimbledon: Men’s Singles~ Richard Krajicek Women’s Singles~ Steffi Graf
World Cup: next is in 1998
World Series: New York Yankees win series in 4 games after losing the first 2 games against the
Summer Olympics in Atlanta:
USA wins 44 Gold, 32 Silver, 25 Bronze~ total medals = 101
Russia wins 26 Gold, 21 Silver, 16 Bronze~ total medals = 63
Germany wins 20 Gold, 18 Silver, 27 Bronze~ totals medals = 65
1996 Top Songs:
Tha Crossroads~ Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
One Sweet Day~ Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
You’re Makin’ Me High~ Toni Braxton
How Do U Want It~ 2Pac feat. KC and JoJo
Give Me One Reason~ Tracy Chapman
No Diggity~ BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre
Macarena~ Los Del Rio
Always Be My Baby~ Mariah Carey
Un-Break My Heart~ Toni Braxton
Because You Loved Me~ Celine Dion
Why I Love You So Much~ Monica
Nobody Knows~ The Tony Rich Project
Nobody~ Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
Don’t Let Go~ En Vogue
1996 Top Television Shows:
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Beverly Hills, 90210
Walker Texas Ranger
Beavis and Butt-head
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Star Trek: Voyager
Married with Children
Party of Five
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Everybody Loves Raymond
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1996 Top Movies:
The Cable Guy
Romeo + Juliet
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Nutty Professor
A Very Brady Sequel
1996 Top Books:
The Runaway Jury~ John Grisham
How Stella Got Her Groove Back~ Terry McMillan
The Tenth Insight~ James Redfield
Moonlight Becomes You~ Mary Higgins Clark
Sudden Prey~ John Sanford
Malice~ Danielle Steele
The Celestine Prophecy~ James Redfield
I Was Amelia Earhart~ Jane Mendelsohn
Lost Laysen~ Margaret Mitchell
Primary Colors~ Anonymous
Her Own Rules~ Barbara Taylor Bradford
Timepiece~ Richard Paul Evans
Neanderthal~ John Darnton
The Horse Whisperer~ Nicholas Evans
Oh! The Places You’ll Go! ~ Dr. Seuss
Absolute Power~ David Baldacci
Bad As I Wanna Be~ Dennis Rodman
1996 Top Fashion and Trends:
Chunky boots and shoes
Adidas track pants
Sweater vest over a shirt
Plaid skirts and pants
The preppy look
Long maxi skirt
The ‘Rachel’ Haircut
The Bubble Watch
Peace Sign and Smiley Faces on Everything
1996 World Population:
1996 World Leaders:
Bill Clinton, President of the United States.
Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
Lee Teng-hui, President of China.
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia.
John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City.
Jacques Chirac, President of France.
Warren Christopher, United States Secretary of State.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
1996 Major Events:
January 7 – One of the worst blizzards in American history hits the eastern states, killing more than 150 people. Philadelphia receives a record 30.7 inches (78 cm) of snowfall, New York City’s public schools close for the first time in 18 years and the federal government in Washington, D.C. is closed for days.
January 11 – Ryutaro Hashimoto, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
January 15 – Amber Hagerman, a 9-year old American child victim and namesake for the AMBER Alert system, is murdered in Arlington, Texas.
January 26 – Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before a grand jury.
March 13 – Dunblane massacre: Unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton walks into the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland and opens fire, killing 16 infant school pupils and one teacher before fatally shooting himself.
April 3 – Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his Montana cabin.
April 6 – Major League Soccer kicks off in front of an overflow crowd of 31,683 packed in Spartan Stadium, to witness the historic first game. San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scores the league’s first goal in a 1–0 victory over D.C. United.
May 10 – 1996 Everest disaster: A sudden storm engulfs Mount Everest with several climbing teams high on the mountain, leaving 8 dead. By the end of the month, at least 4 other climbers die in the worst season of fatalities on the mountain to date.
May 20 – Gay rights – Romer v. Evans: The Supreme Court of the United States rules against a law that prevents any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
May 31 – FIFA decides to give the FIFA World Cup 2002, the first World Cup in Asia, to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first World Cup with co-host countries in the history of the event.
June 10 – Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without Sinn Féin.
June 12 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against indecency on the internet. The panel says that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
June 29 – The Prince’s Trust concert is held in Hyde Park, London, and is attended by 150,000 people. The Who headlines the event in their first performance since 1989.
July 8 – Martina Hingis becomes the youngest person in history (age 15 years and 282 days) to win at Wimbledon in the Ladies’ Doubles event.
July 12 – Hurricane Bertha: made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 storm, causing $270 million in damage to the United States and its possessions and many indirect deaths.
July 17 – Paris and Rome-bound TWA Flight 800 (Boeing 747) explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board.
July 19 – The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, begin.
July 27 – The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills 1 and injures 111.
August 16 – Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. After a 3-year-old boy falls into the 20-foot (6.1 m) deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female silverback gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue. Video of the ape’s actions make her world famous.
August 28 – Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are formally divorced at the High Court of Justice in London. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is restyled Diana, Princess of Wales, due to the Queen’s Letters Patent issued a week earlier.
November 16 – Mother Teresa receives honorary U.S. citizenship.
November 25 – The U.S. stock market, especially the Dow Jones Industrial Average, gains at an incredibly fast pace following the 1996 Presidential election. It gains 10 days in a row during the month.
December 25 – JonBenét Ramsey, 6, is murdered in the basement of her parents’ home in Boulder, Colorado.
December 31 – The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway is merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the BNSF Railway, making it one of the largest railroad mergers in U.S. history.
1996 Pop Culture:
January 18 – Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
February 14 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince marries backup singer Mayte Garcia.
February 22 – MCA Records buys half of Interscope Records. Time Warner had owned half of
Interscope until September 1995 when it sold off its share due to political pressure for the explicit lyrics of the label’s gangsta rap artists.
February 27 – Pokémon Red and Green is released in Japan as the first game in the world famous Pokémon series.
February 28 – Canadian singer Alanis Morissette wins the top honor, Album of the Year award, at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. She is the youngest person to ever win this award, a record she will hold until 2010.
February 29 – In Lumberton, North Carolina, Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan.
March 25 – The 68th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California with Braveheart winning Best Picture.
June 15 – Beloved American Singer Ella Fitzgerald dies.
August 1 – MTV2 is launched. The first video played is “Where It’s At” by Beck.
August 27 – Aaliyah released her album One in a Million.
September 7 – American rapper Tupac Shakur was shot during a drive-by shooting, and died 6 days later in a Las Vegas hospital.
October 6 – Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw get married.
October 7 – News Corporation launches the Fox News Channel as a 24-hour news channel to compete against CNN.
October 23 – The O. J. Simpson civil trial begins in Santa Monica, California.
December 31 – The Hacienda in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the Mandalay Bay.
1996 Technology and Science:
January – The Google web search engine originates as “BackRub”, a research project using PageRank by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, PhD students at Stanford University, California.
January 3– Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world’s smallest and lightest mobile phone to date.
January 22 – Microsoft releases Internet Explorer for the Macintosh.
February 9 – The element Copernicium is discovered.
February 22 – myspace.com is launched
May 20 – First naked-eye observation of Comet Hale-Bopp.
June 23 – The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan.
July 5 – Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland.
August 6 – NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, may contain evidence of primitive life-forms.
September 16 – Beast Wars first airs and becomes a milestone in the Transformers franchise through the use of CGI.
December 20 – Steve Jobs’ company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.
-Also, well known American Astronomer Carl Sagan dies at the age of 62.
– The General Motors EV1, the first production electric car of the modern era, is launched and becomes available for lease.
– Zenith introduces the first HDTV-compatible front projection television in the United States. Broadcasters, TV & PC manufacturers set industry standards for digital HDTV.
– Ask.com is created by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen.
Video Game Platforms:
AT&T PocketNet Phone
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