February 21, 1996

February 21, 1996, was a Wednesday. It was 28 years, 4 months, and 19 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.


Born on February 21, 1996

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 21, 1996:

  • United States: "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • United Kingdom: "Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 21, 1996

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • Missing - Everything But The Girl
  • Exhale (Shoop Shoop) (From "Waiting To Exhale") - Whitney Houston
  • Not Gon' Cry (From "Waiting To Exhale") - Mary J. Blige
  • Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project
Play the top singles from 1996
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1996. Take a trip back to the days of the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and the Fugees.
Broken Arrow (1996)

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Broken Arrow (1996)".


This date occurred 10,369 days ago. Approximately 346 months have passed. It was the 52nd day of 1996, in week 08. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on February 21, 1996, are now 28 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 1996 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. 115 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to February 21, 1996

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is February 21, 1996, and it's a Wednesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Pisces. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

In America, the song "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men is at the top of the singles charts, while "Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Broken Arrow (1996) is at the top of the box office. John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Murder, She Wrote", "The Nanny", "Father Ted", and "JAG". A new form of communication called "text messaging" is starting to become more widespread. 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 fallen out of favor, 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 schoolgirl" look. The CD is quickly becoming the dominant format for music, and people are buying portable players such as the "Discman". Consequently, sales of cassette tapes are continuing to decline. 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 Margaux Hemingway, Agnieszka Kotlarska, Tupac Shakur, and Yaki Kadafi would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Full Throttle", "Air Combat", "Command & Conquer", and "The Adventures of Batman & Robin". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Married... with Children", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Sister, Sister", and "Pinky and the Brain".

Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, Polly Pocket, Lego Pirates, and Styrofoam plane gliders.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 21, 1996.

  • Take That announce their break-up.

    Take That announce their break-up

    Take That fans were heartbroken after the English pop group announced their breakup on February 13th, 1996.
  • Motorola StarTAC.

    Motorola StarTAC

    The Motorola StarTAC was released in January 1996. It was one of the first popular cellphones 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 named David Ho was named 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 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.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    By this stage, the CD had become the dominant music format. Consequently, sales of CD players and the "Discman" continued to increase. Meanwhile, people were beginning to replace their cassette players.
  • First Chechen War.

    First Chechen War

    The First Chechen War was raging between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
  • Mid-1990s fashion.

    Mid-1990s fashion

    During the mid-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.
  • The Internet is growing.

    The Internet is growing

    A new global, interconnected network called the Internet was beginning to grow. However, it was still a novelty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around February 21, 1996.

  • January 23, 1996: The first episode of "Moesha" is aired.
  • January 24, 1996: Polish Prime Minister Józef Oleksy resigns amid accusations that he spied for Russia.
  • January 25, 1996: Murderer Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be executed by hanging in the United States.
  • January 26, 1996: The first-person shooter game Duke Nukem 3D is released.
  • January 28, 1996:
    • Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers by 27-17 at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
    • Diana Ross performs at the Super Bowl XXX halftime show.
  • January 31, 1996: Soccer: Frank Lampard makes his debut for West Ham.
  • February 5, 1996: Football: Mick McCarthy is appointed as the new manager of the Irish football team.
  • February 6, 1996: 189 people are killed when Birgenair Flight 301 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from the Caribbean to Germany.
  • February 9, 1996:
    • NFL: The Baltimore Ravens are established.
    • An IRA ceasefire is ended after the paramilitary group bombs the Canary Wharf District in England.
  • February 10, 1996: Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is defeated by IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue.
  • February 13, 1996:
    • The album "All Eyez on Me" is released by 2Pac.
    • Hip hop trio The Fugees release their album "The Score".
    • English pop group Take That formally announce their break-up.
  • February 14, 1996: Former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley passes away at the age of 77.
  • February 16, 1996:
    • The comedy movie Happy Gilmore (1996), starring Adam Sandler, is released in movie theaters.
    • 11 people lose their lives after two trains collide in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • February 17, 1996: IBM's computer Deep Blue is defeated 4-2 by Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.
  • February 19, 1996: Oasis release their single "Don't Look Back in Anger".
  • February 20, 1996:
    • Rapper Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard are acquitted of murder.
    • Canadian singer Celine Dion releases her single "Because You Loved Me".
  • This date: February 21, 1996
  • February 23, 1996: The film Trainspotting (1996) is released.
  • February 29, 1996: The siege of Bosnian capital Sarajevo is officially ended after nearly four years.
  • March 4, 1996: 2,700 people are evacuated when a train carrying hazardous materials catches fire after being derailed near Weyauwega, Wisconsin.
  • March 5, 1996: Cali Cartel leader José Santacruz Londoño (Chepe) is killed by police.
  • March 9, 1996: Mariah Carey releases her single "Always Be My Baby".
  • March 11, 1996:
    • The best-selling album "Falling into You" is released by Celine Dion.
    • WWF: Steve Austin wrestles as "Stone Cold" for the first time in a fight against Savio Vega.
    • Liberal leader John Howard becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • March 13, 1996: Dunblane school massacre: 16 students and one teacher are shot dead by a mass shooter in Dunblane, Scotland.
  • March 16, 1996: "The Championship: Part I": Mike Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno in the third round.
  • March 18, 1996: The song "Return of the Mack" is released by R&B artist Mark Morrison.
  • March 19, 1996: Irish Crime: Publican Tom Nevin is shot dead at Jack White's pub in Wicklow, Ireland.
  • March 22, 1996:
    • The game Resident Evil is released.
    • Rapper Dr. Dre leaves Death Row Records due to infighting.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 21, 1996, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 21, 1996 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in February 1996

People in February 1996 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from February 1996.

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
Party of Five
Party of Five
Babylon 5
Babylon 5

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.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in February 1996

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Little Bear
Little Bear

Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
Hang Time
Hang Time
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
Timon & Pumbaa
Timon & Pumbaa
In the House
In the House
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Toys in 1996

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Street Sharks Action Figures
Street Sharks Action Figures
The PlayStation (PS1)
The PlayStation (PS1)
The Sega Saturn
The Sega Saturn
Styrofoam plane gliders
Styrofoam plane gliders
Sky Dancers
Sky Dancers
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Dear Diary
Dear Diary
Casio Secret Sender 6000
Casio Secret Sender 6000
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Matchbox Car Wash
Matchbox Car Wash
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in February 1996.

Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Duke Nukem 3D
Virtua Fighter 2 1996
Virtua Fighter 2
FIFA Soccer 96 1995
FIFA Soccer 96
Twisted Metal 1995
Twisted Metal
Phantasmagoria 1995
Destruction Derby 1995
Destruction Derby
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Rayman 1995
Killer Instinct 1995
Killer Instinct
Tekken 2 1995
Tekken 2
The Adventures of Batman & Robin 1995
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer

Were you born on February 21, 1996?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out February 21, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on February 21.

Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

Actress Deceased
Born on February 21, 1934
She turned 62 on this day in 1996.

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Born on February 21, 1955
He turned 41 on this day in 1996.

James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield

Manic Street Preachers
Born on February 21, 1969
He turned 27 on this day in 1996.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Born on February 21, 1979
She turned 17 on this day in 1996.

Elliot Page

Elliot Page

Born on February 21, 1987
He turned 9 on this day in 1996.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

Soccer player
Born on February 21, 1991
He turned 5 on this day in 1996.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on February 21, 1996.


UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 21, 1996 was most likely conceived around May 31, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 21, 1996 is close to November 13, 1996.

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Stats for February 21, 1996


Here are some interesting statistics about February 21, 1996:

  • 10,369 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,481 weeks have passed.
  • 895,878,000 seconds have passed since February 21, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,045,191,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 462,273,048,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 149,313,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 77,045,508 steps. That's roughly 34,242 miles.
  • 10,750,536 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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