December 16, 1993

December 16, 1993, was a Thursday. It was 30 years, 6 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on December 16, 1993:

  • Rapper Charizma is shot dead during a mugging in East Palo Alto.
  • Actress Shannen Doherty is dropped from the TV show "Beverly Hills, 90210" due to tensions between her and another cast member.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 16, 1993:

  • United States: "Again" by Janet Jackson
  • United Kingdom: "Mr. Blobby" by Mr. Blobby

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 16, 1993

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Again - Janet Jackson
  • I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf
  • All That She Wants - Ace Of Base
  • Hero - Mariah Carey
  • Shoop - Salt-N-Pepa
Play the top songs from 1993
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1993. Take a trip back to the days of Haddaway, Meat Loaf, Ace of Base and the Urban Cookie Collective.
Wayne's World 2

Top movie

The movie "Wayne's World 2" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 11,170 days ago. Approximately 372 months have passed. It was the 350th day of 1993, in week 50. The decade was the nineties. The end of 1993 was just 15 days away. People born on this day are currently 30 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 124 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to December 16, 1993

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, December 16, 1993. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1993 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song "Again" by Janet Jackson is at the top of the singles charts, while "Mr. Blobby" by Mr. Blobby is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Wayne's World 2 is at the top of the box office. John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, most people have never heard of the Internet. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1980s are still in vogue. Colored tights, denim overalls, leotards, flannel shirts, and shoulder pads are all fashionable at the moment. Grunge fashion has also become mainstream, popularizing band t-shirts, ripped jeans, mom jeans, and Doc Martens. A war is continuing to rage in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meanwhile, in technology news, a relatively new storage format called the CD is beginning to outpace the regular cassette tape in music sales. The disc-based format gives listeners the ability to skip between songs instead of having to manually rewind and forward. A playing discs game called "Pogs" is currently spreading in popularity throughout the world. It's 1993, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Meat Loaf, UB40, Snow, Haddaway, Whitney Houston, Take That, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

In Garden City, New York, six people have been killed in a mass shooting. The shooting occurred onboard a Long Island Railroad train. The shooter, a Jamaican immigrant called Colin Ferguson, was restrained by passengers as he attempted to reload his gun. A new first-person shooter game called "Doom" has recently been released by id Software. Steven Spielberg's historical drama film "Schindler's List" has just been released in movie theaters. Meanwhile, the films "In the Name of the Father" and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" have also recently made their big screen debuts.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Telly Savalas, Bill Hicks, John Candy, and Kurt Cobain would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "One Foot in the Grave", "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", and "Walker, Texas Ranger". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past", "Night Trap", "Gunstar Heroes", and "Doom".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Blossom", "Rosie and Jim", "The Ren & Stimpy Show", and "X-Men: The Animated Series". Popular toys at the moment include the SEGA Game Gear, California Roller Baby, Action Man, and Nerf Arrowstorm.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 16, 1993.

  • Christmas 1993.

    Christmas 1993

    The Christmas period of 1993 was in full swing by this stage. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were feeling stressed, retail stores were filled with shoppers, and everyone was making plans for the big day.
  • The Power Rangers.

    The Power Rangers

    The "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" sprang onto our screens at the end of 1993. The show centered around Jason Lee Scott, Trini Kwan, Billy Cranston, Kimberly Hart, and Zack Taylor—five teenagers who had to band together to fight off Rita Repulsa's invasion of Earth.
  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps

    Kids were reading Goosebumps, which was a series of children's horror books that were written by author R. L. Stine. The original series included books such as "Monster Blood", "Say Cheese and Die!" and "The Barking Ghost".
  • VCRs are common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    Everyone was using VCRs to watch tapes of movies and TV shows. The device also gave people the ability to record programs and films onto a blank tape.
  • 1993 in music.

    1993 in music

    Popular music artists in 1993 included Nirvana, Whitney Houston, Meat Loaf, 2 Unlimited, Ace of Base, Janet Jackson, Haddaway, UB40, Mariah Carey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Dr. Dre.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1993?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1993?

    In 1993, the best NBA players were Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Mark Price, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, Joe Dumars, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Coleman, David Robinson, Tim Hardaway and Dražen Petrović.
  • 1993 in movies.

    1993 in movies

    Movies released in 1993 included Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fugitive, Schindler's List, The Firm, Indecent Proposal, Cliffhanger, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Groundhog Day, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Cool Runnings.
  • Best football players in 1993.

    Best football players in 1993

    In 1993, the best soccer players would have been Roberto Baggio, Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Alen Bokšić, Michael Laudrup, Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Emil Kostadinov, Stéphane Chapuisat and Ryan Giggs.
  • Schindler's List.

    Schindler's List

    "Schindler's List" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993.
  • Music CDs begin to outsell cassettes and vinyl.

    Music CDs begin to outsell cassettes and vinyl

    Music CDs started outselling cassettes and vinyl in 1993 and 1994. This marked the beginning of the end for cassette tapes and players.
  • The Peacemakers.

    The Peacemakers

    "The Peacemakers" were named Time Person of the Year in 1993. The term was in reference to two pairs of men: F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
  • Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - "A Whole New World"

    Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - "A Whole New World"

    "A Whole New World" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle won a Grammy for 1993's Song of the Year. The track was released for Disney's 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin".
  • Pogs.


    A game called Pogs (aka Milk caps) began to spread throughout the world in 1993. By 1995, it had become a full-blown craze.
  • The Bosnian War.

    The Bosnian War

    A war was raging in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The Super Nintendo.

    The Super Nintendo

    In August of 1991, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit the shelves. In the first half of the 1990s, the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis were the dominant video game consoles.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Early 1990s fashion.

    Early 1990s fashion

    Early 1990s fashion was largely a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included colored tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon-colored tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts, and ripped jeans.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video game consoles. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    A hand-held game console called the "Game Boy" was all the rage. The console boasted games such as Super Mario Land, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Kirby's Dream Land, and a number of Pokémon releases.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 16, 1993.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to December 16, 1993.

  • November 17, 1993: The US House of Representatives approves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • November 18, 1993: Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain makes one of his last televised performances on MTV Unplugged.
  • November 19, 1993: Addams Family Values (1993) is released.
  • November 20, 1993: 115 people die after Avioimpex Flight 110 crashes near Ohrid in Macedonia.
  • November 23, 1993: Snoop Dogg releases his debut album "Doggystyle".
  • November 24, 1993:
    • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is released in movie theaters.
    • Two 10-year-old boys are found guilty of the abduction and murder of 2-year-old James Bulger in Merseyside, England.
  • December 2, 1993:
    • Salt-n-Pepa release their single "What a Man".
    • Pablo Escobar is killed in Medellin, Colombia.
  • December 4, 1993:
    • Princess Diana officially "retires" from public life.
    • Frank Zappa passes away after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
  • December 7, 1993: Six people are killed in a mass shooting on a train in Garden City, New York.
  • December 10, 1993:
    • The video game Doom is released.
    • Wayne's World 2 (1993) is released in movie theaters.
    • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) is released.
  • December 12, 1993: In the Name of the Father (1993) is released in cinemas.
  • December 15, 1993:
    • Schindler's List (1993) is released.
    • The video game "FIFA International Soccer" is released.
  • This date: December 16, 1993
  • December 17, 1993: Tennis player Boris Becker marries Barbara Feltus.
  • December 20, 1993: Businessman Donald Trump marries former model Marla Maples.
  • December 22, 1993:
    • Philadelphia (1993) is released.
    • Pop star Michael Jackson publicly denies allegations about child sexual abuse.
  • December 25, 1993: The comedy film Grumpy Old Men (1993) is released in movie theaters.
  • December 28, 1993: Italian striker Roberto Baggio wins the 1993 Ballon d'Or.
  • January 1, 1994:
    • Actor Cesar Romero passes away.
    • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect.
  • January 3, 1994: Irish crime: 22-year-old Imelda Keenan goes missing in Waterford City.
  • January 6, 1994:
    • Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is struck on the leg with a baton by an unknown assailant.
    • Ylenia Carrisi (23) disappears while vacationing in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • January 10, 1994: Rapper Dr. Dre is arrested after he leads police on a high speed pursuit through Beverly Hills in his Ferrari.
  • January 13, 1994: Tonya Harding's ex-husband and her bodyguard are arrested on suspicion of carrying out an attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
  • January 15, 1994: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16, 1993, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1993 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16, 1993 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Early 1990s fashion

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on December 16, 1993

TV audiences were watching the following shows on December 16, 1993:

TV shows from December 1993.

The Nanny
The Nanny
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The X-Files
The X-Files
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Mad About You
Mad About You
Melrose Place
Melrose Place

Cars in 1993

1993 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW 3 Series Compact, the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Renault Laguna, the Kia Sportage, and the Lincoln Mark VIII.

Cars in 1993.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on December 16, 1993

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1993:

The Nanny
The Nanny
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life

Biker Mice from Mars
Biker Mice from Mars
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Living Single
Living Single
The Animals of Farthing Wood
The Animals of Farthing Wood
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series

Popular toys and games in 1993

Toys and games that were popular in 1993:

Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Power Rangers figures
Power Rangers figures
Matchbox Car Wash
Matchbox Car Wash
Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle
Nerf Arrowstorm
Nerf Arrowstorm
Action Man
Action Man
The Talkboy
The Talkboy
Mighty Max
Mighty Max
Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
California Roller Baby
California Roller Baby
X-Men Action Figures
X-Men Action Figures
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 1993.

Jungle Strike 1993
Jungle Strike
FIFA International Soccer 1993
FIFA International Soccer
Doom 1993
Mario's Time Machine 1993
Mario's Time Machine
Tetris 2 1993
Tetris 2
Sonic Spinball 1993
Sonic Spinball
Disney's Aladdin 1993
Disney's Aladdin
NBA Jam 1993
Myst 1993
Gunstar Heroes 1993
Gunstar Heroes
Mighty Final Fight 1993
Mighty Final Fight
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 1993
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

Were you born on December 16, 1993?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1993.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out December 16, 1999, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 16.

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Born on December 16, 1955
He turned 38 on this day in 1993.

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian Deceased
Born on December 16, 1961
He turned 32 on this day in 1993.

Michael McCary

Michael McCary

Boyz II Men
Born on December 16, 1971
He turned 22 on this day in 1993.

Brodie Lee

Brodie Lee

Wrestler Deceased
Born on December 16, 1979
He turned 14 on this day in 1993.

Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels

German soccer player
Born on December 16, 1988
He turned 5 on this day in 1993.

Kai Cenat

Kai Cenat

Born on December 16, 2001
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 16, 1993.


UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Albert Reynolds was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16, 1993 was most likely conceived around March 25, 1993.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16, 1993 is close to September 8, 1994.

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Stats for December 16, 1993


Here are some interesting statistics about December 16, 1993:

  • 11,170 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,595 weeks have passed.
  • 965,084,400 seconds have passed since December 16, 1993.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,125,931,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 497,983,550,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 160,847,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 82,997,258 steps. That's roughly 36,888 miles.
  • 11,581,013 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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