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April 2nd, 1996.

April 2nd, 1996, was a Tuesday. It was day 93 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

25 years, 3 months and 28 days have passed since April 2nd, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 2nd, 1996.

  • United States: Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
  • United Kingdom: Firestarter - Prodigy
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Birdcage

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Birdcage" was at the top of the box office on April 2nd, 1996.

Take me back to April 2nd, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 2nd, 1996 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1996 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Firestarter by Prodigy is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Birdcage is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister. 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, in technology news, 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Boy Meets World" and "ER". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Mortal Kombat 3", "Air Combat", "Tekken 2" and "Duke Nukem 3D".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Married... with Children", "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "X-Men: The Animated Series". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lego Pirates, G.I. Joe (figures), Mighty Max and the PlayStation (PS1).

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 April 2nd, 1996.

  • Resident Evil.

    Resident Evil.

    In March of 1996, Capcom released the survival horror video game "Resident Evil".

  • 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.

  • 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, 3 months and 28 days have passed since April 2nd, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 14 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 April 2nd, 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 828399600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around April 2nd, 1996.

  • 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.
  • March 9th, 1996: Mariah Carey releases her single "Always Be My Baby".
  • March 11th, 1996: The best-selling album "Falling into You" is released by Celine Dion.
  • March 11th, 1996: WWF: Steve Austin wrestles as "Stone Cold" for the first time in a fight against Savio Vega.
  • March 11th, 1996: Liberal leader John Howard becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • March 13th, 1996: The Dunblane school massacre occurs in Scotland. 18 people are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton, including 16 students.
  • March 18th, 1996: The song "Return of the Mack" is released by R&B artist Mark Morrison.
  • March 19th, 1996: Irish Crime: Publican Tom Nevin is shot dead at Jack White's pub in Wicklow, Ireland.
  • March 22nd, 1996: The game Resident Evil is released.
  • March 22nd, 1996: Rapper Dr. Dre leaves Death Row Records due to infighting.
  • March 25th, 1996: The single "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" is released by Australian singer Gina G.
  • March 27th, 1996: Three British soldiers are found guilty of the rape and murder of Louise Jensen in Ayia Napa, Cyprus in 1994. Geoffrey Pernell, Allan Ford, and Justin Fowler are sentenced to life in prison for the crime.
  • March 31st, 1996: WrestleMania XII: Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
  • April 1st, 1996: Wrestling: Mankind makes his WWF debut against Bob "Spark Plug" Holly.
  • This date: April 2nd, 1996
  • April 3rd, 1996: The film Primal Fear (1996), starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, is released in movie theaters.
  • April 3rd, 1996: Rapper M.C. Hammer files for bankruptcy.
  • April 3rd, 1996: Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is arrested.
  • April 3rd, 1996: United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown dies in a plane crash in Croatia.
  • April 6th, 1996: The first Major League Soccer game takes place in San Jose, California.
  • April 12th, 1996: The film "James and the Giant Peach" is released.
  • April 14th, 1996: The Simpsons episode containing the popular segment about "Steamed Hams" is aired on television.
  • April 15th, 1996: No Doubt release their single "Don't Speak".
  • April 18th, 1996: Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide are murdered by an Islamic group in Cairo.
  • April 27th, 1996: The first episode of "Dexter's Laboratory" is aired.
  • April 27th, 1996: Former CIA director William Colby goes missing while canoeing at Rock Point, Maryland.
  • April 28th, 1996: The Port Arthur massacre: Martin Bryant kills 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia.
  • April 29th, 1996: Football: Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan delivers his "I would love it!" interview.
  • April 30th, 1996: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony release their single "Tha Crossroads".
  • May 1st, 1996: The song Mysterious Girl is released by Peter Andre.
  • May 2nd, 1996: Soccer: Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle agrees to take over the England national team.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 2nd, 1996, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 2nd, 1996 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

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.

  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on April 2nd, 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
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Animaniacs
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Living Single
  • X-Men: The Animated Series
  • Barney & Friends
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • 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.

  • Resident Evil - Zombie horror survival game.
  • Duke Nukem 3D - First-person shooter game that was published by GT Interactive Software.
  • Twisted Metal - Vehicular combat game.
  • Phantasmagoria - Point-and-click adventure horror game.
  • Destruction Derby - Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
  • Rayman - Side-scrolling platform game that was released by Ubi Soft.
  • Tekken 2 - Fighter game that was released for the original PlayStation.
  • Command & Conquer - Real-time strategy game.
  • Air Combat - Combat flight simulator game for the PlayStation.
  • Full Throttle - Adventure game published by LucasArts.
  • Mortal Kombat 3 - The third installment in the series. Fighters band together to fight of an invasion that is being led by Shao Kahn.

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 April 2nd, 2002 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 2nd.

Hans Christian Andersen

Author. Deceased
Born on April 2nd, 1805
He was not alive on this date.

Marvin Gaye

RnB Singer. Deceased
Born on April 2nd, 1939
He was not alive on this date.

Linford Christie

Athlete.
Born on April 2nd, 1960
He turned 36 on this day in 1996.

Rodney King

Historical figure. Deceased
Born on April 2nd, 1965
He turned 31 on this day in 1996.

Weather on April 2nd, 1996.

Historical weather information for April 2nd, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.0 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. There were 4 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 32.3 degrees Fahrenheit. 0.17 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 4.11 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on April 2nd, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 2nd, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 2nd, 1996 was most likely conceived around the 24th of June, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 2nd, 1996 is close to the 10th of January, 1997.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 2nd, 1996.

  • A total of 9,250 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,321 weeks have passed.
  • 799,200,000 seconds have passed since the April 2nd, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 932,400,000 times.
  • Since April 2nd, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 412,387,200,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 133,200,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 68,731,200 steps. That's about 30,547 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,590,400 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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