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February 5th, 1996.

February 5th, 1996, was a Monday. It was day 36 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

25 years, 8 months and 16 days have passed since February 5th, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on February 5th, 1996?

  • Football: Mick McCarthy is appointed as the new manager of the Irish football team.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 5th, 1996.

  • United States: One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • United Kingdom: Spaceman - Babylon Zoo
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Black Sheep

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Black Sheep" was at the top of the box office on February 5th, 1996.

Take me back to February 5th, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is February 5th, 1996 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Spaceman by Babylon Zoo is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Black Sheep is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister.

A new form of communication called "text messaging" is continuing to grow in popularity. However, it can only be done if both the sender and the receiver are on the same cell network. Meanwhile, a global system called "the Internet" is also starting to take off. Each day, more and more people are learning how to send emails and browse "websites" on the World Wide Web by connecting their IBM computers to noisy dial-up modems. In fashion, "grunge" clothing has declined in popularity and women are beginning to wear form-fitting outfits such as slip dresses and pencil skirts. Movies such as Clueless and The Craft have popularized the "sexy school girl" look.

Meanwhile, CDs have become the dominant format for music. People are buying CD players and the portable CD players such as the "Discman". As a result, the older cassette tape format is continuing to decline in sales. It's 1996, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Céline Dion, Oasis, Mark Morrison, Spice Girls, Los Del Rio, 2Pac and Coolio. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Agnieszka Kotlarska, Tupac Shakur, Yaki Kadafi and Tiny Tim would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "One Foot in the Grave", "The X-Files" and "Frasier". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "The Adventures of Batman & Robin", "Tekken 2", "Destruction Derby" and "Virtua Fighter 2". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Married... with Children", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The Simpsons" and "Friends".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Polly Pocket, Yo-yo, Nerf Blaster and Mighty Max.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on February 5th, 1996.

  • Motorola StarTAC.

    Motorola StarTAC.

    On January 3rd, 1996, the Motorola StarTAC was released. It was one of the first popular mobile phone releases to include a flip design.

  • 1996 in music.

    1996 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1996 included Los del Río, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, 2Pac, LL Cool J, Soundgarden, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Alanis Morissette, Everything but the Girl, Joan Osborne, Mary J. Blige, SWV, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton, Blackstreet, R. Kelly, Metallica and Van Halen.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1996?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1996?

    In 1996, the best NBA players were Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Penny Hardaway, Shawn Kemp, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Juwan Howard, Shaquille O'Neal, Mitch Richmond and Reggie Miller.

  • David Ho.

    David Ho.

    A scientist called David Ho was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1996 because of his pioneering contributions to HIV/AIDS research.

  • Gillian Anderson.

    Gillian Anderson.

    The X-Files actress Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) was named as FHM's sexiest woman in 1996.

  • 1996 in movies.

    1996 in movies.

    1996 saw the release of movies such as Independence Day, Twister, Mission: Impossible, The Rock, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians, Ransom, Eraser, The Nutty Professor, Jerry Maguire, Scream, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks! and The Craft.

  • Best football players in 1996.

    Best football players in 1996.

    In 1996, the best soccer players were Matthias Sammer, Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Alessandro Del Piero, Jürgen Klinsmann, Davor Šuker, Eric Cantona, Marcel Desailly, Youri Djorkaeff, Karel Poborský and Nwankwo Kanu.

  • The English Patient.

    The English Patient.

    "The English Patient" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1996.

  • Eric Clapton - "Change the World"

    Eric Clapton - "Change the World"

    The song "Change the World" by Eric Clapton went on to win a Grammy for 1996's Song of the Year.

  • The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.

  • CDs become the dominant music format.

    CDs become the dominant music format.

    From the mid-1990s onward, CDs became the dominant format for music. CD players and the "Discman" increased in popularity while sales of cassette tapes and vinyl records continued to peter out.

  • First Chechen War.

    First Chechen War.

    During this period, the First Chechen War was raging on between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

  • Mid-1990s fashion.

    Mid-1990s fashion.

    During the middle of the 1990s, female clothing began to become more form-fitting, as those badly-shaped "mom jeans" began to disappear. Grunge fashion started to decline and popular outfits began to include tartan minikilts, hot pants, slip dresses and knee highs.

  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    During the mid-1990s, 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 a common household item.

    VCRs are a common household item.

    During this period, people were 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.

  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate.

    During the 1990s, pagers achieved mainstream popularity. 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.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist plain-colored walls.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy.

    During this time, a hand-held games 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 25 years, 8 months and 16 days have passed since February 5th, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 06 of 1996.
  • Leap Year: 1996 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on February 5th, 1996, will be 25 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1996 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 823478400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around February 5th, 1996.

  • January 7th, 1996: The North American blizzard of 1996 hits states on the east coast.
  • January 8th, 1996: Wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his WWF debut.
  • January 8th, 1996: 223 people are killed in Kinshasa, Zaire after a cargo aircraft crashes into a market place.
  • January 9th, 1996: The first episode of "3rd Rock from the Sun" is aired on television.
  • January 15th, 1996: 9-year old Amber Hagerman is kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, Texas.
  • January 18th, 1996: Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from pop star Michael Jackson.
  • January 21st, 1996: France carries out its last nuclear weapons test.
  • January 23rd, 1996: The first episode of "Moesha" is aired.
  • January 24th, 1996: Polish Prime Minister Józef Oleksy resigns amid accusations that he spied for Russia.
  • January 25th, 1996: Murderer Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be executed by hanging in the United States.
  • January 26th, 1996: The first-person shooter game Duke Nukem 3D is released.
  • January 28th, 1996: Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers by 27-17 at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
  • January 28th, 1996: Diana Ross performs at the Super Bowl XXX halftime show.
  • January 31st, 1996: Soccer: Frank Lampard makes his debut for West Ham.
  • This date: February 5th, 1996
  • February 6th, 1996: 189 people are killed when Birgenair Flight 301 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from the Caribbean to Germany.
  • February 9th, 1996: NFL: The Baltimore Ravens are established.
  • February 9th, 1996: An IRA ceasefire is ended after the paramilitary group bombs the Canary Wharf District in England.
  • February 10th, 1996: Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is defeated by IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue.
  • February 13th, 1996: The album "All Eyez on Me" is released by 2Pac.
  • February 13th, 1996: Hip hop trio The Fugees release their album "The Score".
  • February 13th, 1996: English pop group Take That formally announce their break-up.
  • February 14th, 1996: Former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley passes away at the age of 77.
  • February 16th, 1996: The comedy movie Happy Gilmore (1996), starring Adam Sandler, is released in movie theaters.
  • February 16th, 1996: 11 people lose their lives after two trains collide in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • February 17th, 1996: IBM's computer Deep Blue is defeated 4-2 by Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.
  • February 19th, 1996: Oasis release their single "Don't Look Back in Anger".
  • February 20th, 1996: Rapper Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard are acquitted of murder.
  • February 20th, 1996: Canadian singer Celine Dion releases her single "Because You Loved Me".
  • February 23rd, 1996: The film Trainspotting (1996) is released.
  • February 29th, 1996: The siege of Bosnian capital Sarajevo is officially ended after nearly four years.
  • March 4th, 1996: 2,700 people are evacuated when a train carrying hazardous materials catches fire after being derailed near Weyauwega, Wisconsin.
  • March 5th, 1996: Cali Cartel leader José Santacruz Londoño (Chepe) is killed by police.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 5th, 1996, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 5th, 1996 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Photos of mid-1990s fashion.

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of mid-1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from February, 1996.

  • 3rd Rock from the Sun - Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
  • JAG - TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
  • Brotherly Love - TV series about three siblings whose father died.
  • Pinky and the Brain - Animated series about a pair of genetically enhanced laboratory mice.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess - TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
  • Father Ted - Irish comedy TV series about a group of Catholic priests.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - TV series.
  • Star Trek: Voyager - Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.
  • Gargoyles - Animated series about a group of gargoyles that come to life at night.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack - Sitcom about a teenager with special powers.
  • Friends - Sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City.
  • Touched by an Angel - TV series about a group of angels.
  • ER - Hospital drama series.
  • Party of Five - TV show about five siblings whose parents died in a car accident.
  • Ellen - TV series.
  • Babylon 5 - Soap drama that is set in space.
  • The Nanny - Fran Fine becomes a nanny in wealthy widower Maxwell Sheffield's home.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger - Starring Chuck Norris.
  • Boy Meets World - A sitcom that revolves around the life of a boy called Cory Matthews.
  • Frasier - Sitcom about a therapist / talk-show host called Dr. Frasier Crane.

Cars in 1996.

1996 saw the introduction of cars such as the Citroën Saxo, the Cadillac Catera, the Audi A3, the Honda Logo, the Volvo S70 and the Pontiac Montana.

Cars in 1996.

Kid's TV shows on February 5th, 1996.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1996.

  • Moesha
  • Goosebumps
  • Brotherly Love
  • Hang Time
  • Pinky and the Brain
  • In the House
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • Gargoyles
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • Friends
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Sweet Valley High
  • All That
  • Sister, Sister
  • Weird Science
  • The Nanny
  • Rocko's Modern Life
  • Biker Mice from Mars
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Animaniacs
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Living Single
  • X-Men: The Animated Series
  • Barney & Friends
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Rosie and Jim
  • The Simpsons
  • Roseanne
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Married... with Children

Popular toys and games in 1996.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1996.

  • 12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
  • The PlayStation (PS1)
  • Sky Dancers
  • Action Man
  • Mighty Max
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Nerf Blaster
  • Super Soaker (water gun)
  • G.I. Joe (figures)
  • Yo-yo
  • Lego Pirates
  • Polly Pocket
  • Jenga
  • Sylvanian Families

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Duke Nukem 3D 1996

    Duke Nukem 3D
    First-person shooter game that was published by GT Interactive Software.

  • Virtua Fighter 2 1996

    Virtua Fighter 2
    Fighting video game developed by Sega.

  • Twisted Metal 1995

    Twisted Metal
    Vehicular combat game.

  • Phantasmagoria 1995

    Phantasmagoria
    Point-and-click adventure horror game.

  • Destruction Derby 1995

    Destruction Derby
    Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    Platform game that was released for the SNES.

  • Rayman 1995

    Rayman
    Side-scrolling platform game that was released by Ubi Soft.

  • Killer Instinct 1995

    Killer Instinct
    Fighting video game developed by Rare.

  • Tekken 2 1995

    Tekken 2
    Fighter game that was released for the original PlayStation.

  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin 1995

    The Adventures of Batman & Robin
    Action / platform game that was released on various consoles.

  • Command & Conquer 1995

    Command & Conquer
    Real-time strategy game.

  • Air Combat 1995

    Air Combat
    Combat flight simulator game for the PlayStation.

  • Judge Dredd 1995

    Judge Dredd
    Action video game that was released on multiple platforms.

  • Full Throttle 1995

    Full Throttle
    Adventure game published by LucasArts.

  • Mortal Kombat 3 1995

    Mortal Kombat 3
    The third installment in the series. Fighters band together to fight off an invasion from Shao Kahn.

  • Theme Park 1995

    Theme Park
    Theme park construction simulator that was released on various platforms.

  • Myst 1993

    Myst
    Puzzle adventure game.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1996.

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

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out February 5th, 2002 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on February 5th.

Bobby Brown

Singer.
Born on February 5th, 1969
He turned 27 on this day in 1996.

Carlos Tevez

Soccer player.
Born on February 5th, 1984
He turned 12 on this day in 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer player.
Born on February 5th, 1985
He turned 11 on this day in 1996.

Neymar

Soccer player.
Born on February 5th, 1992
He turned 4 on this day in 1996.

Weather on February 5th, 1996.

Historical weather information for February 5th, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 6.1 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 5.6 degrees Fahrenheit. -14.67 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: -0.28 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on February 5th, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 5th, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 5th, 1996 was most likely conceived around the 28th of April, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 5th, 1996 is close to the 14th of November, 1996.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about February 5th, 1996.

  • A total of 9,391 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,341 weeks have passed.
  • 811,378,800 seconds have passed since the February 5th, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 946,608,600 times.
  • Since February 5th, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 418,671,460,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 135,229,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 69,778,577 steps. That's about 31,013 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,736,546 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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