April 3, 1996

April 3, 1996, was a Wednesday. It was 28 years and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on April 3, 1996?

  • The film Primal Fear (1996), starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, is released in movie theaters.
  • Rapper M.C. Hammer files for bankruptcy.
  • United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown dies in a plane crash in Croatia.
  • Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is arrested.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 3, 1996:

  • United States: "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
  • United Kingdom: "Firestarter" by Prodigy

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 3, 1996

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Because You Loved Me (From "Up Close & Personal") - Celine Dion
  • Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project
  • Sittin' Up In My Room (From "Waiting To Exhale") - Brandy
  • Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly Featuring Ronald Isley
  • Not Gon' Cry (From "Waiting To Exhale") - Mary J. Blige
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.

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Birdcage" was at the top of the box office on April 3, 1996.


This date occurred 10,240 days ago. Approximately 341 months have passed. It was the 94th day of 1996, in week 14. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on April 3, 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. The Earth has experienced 114 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 3, 1996

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 3, 1996, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

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 at the top of the singles charts, while "Firestarter" by Prodigy is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Birdcage 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 "Matlock", "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", "ER", and "Touched by an Angel". 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 "Air Combat", "Killer Instinct", "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island", and "Twisted Metal".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Weird Science", "The Secret World of Alex Mack", and "Johnny Bravo". Children are playing with toys such as Fear Street books, Styrofoam plane gliders, the PlayStation (PS1), and Tyco Rebound RC Car.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 3, 1996.

  • Ted Kaczynski is arrested.

    Ted Kaczynski is arrested

    On April 3rd, 1996, "The Unabomber," Ted Kaczynski, was arrested at his remote cabin near Lincoln, Montana.
  • Primal Fear.

    Primal Fear

    The film Primal Fear, starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, was playing in movie theaters.
  • Resident Evil.

    Resident Evil

    Capcom released the survival horror video game "Resident Evil" in March 1996. This was the very first game in the series.
  • 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 April 3, 1996.

  • 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.
  • March 25, 1996: The single "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" is released by Australian singer Gina G.
  • March 27, 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 31, 1996: WrestleMania XII: Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
  • April 1, 1996:
    • Wrestling: Mankind makes his WWF debut against Bob "Spark Plug" Holly.
    • The final episode of "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" is aired on Nickelodeon.
  • This date: April 3, 1996
  • April 6, 1996: The first Major League Soccer game takes place in San Jose, California.
  • April 11, 1996: 7-year-old trainee pilot Jessica Dubroff dies in a plane crash while attempting to become the youngest person to fly a light aircraft across the United States.
  • April 12, 1996: The film "James and the Giant Peach" is released.
  • April 14, 1996: The Simpsons episode containing the popular segment about "Steamed Hams" is aired on television.
  • April 15, 1996: No Doubt release their single "Don't Speak".
  • April 18, 1996: Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide are murdered by an Islamic group in Cairo.
  • April 20, 1996: Long Island serial killer: The remains of Fire Island Jane Doe are discovered on Blue Point Beach.
  • April 27, 1996:
    • The first episode of "Dexter's Laboratory" is aired.
    • Former CIA director William Colby goes missing while canoeing at Rock Point, Maryland.
  • April 28, 1996: The Port Arthur massacre: Martin Bryant kills 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia.
  • April 29, 1996: Football: Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan delivers his "I would love it!" interview.
  • April 30, 1996: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony release their single "Tha Crossroads".
  • May 1, 1996: The song Mysterious Girl is released by Peter Andre.
  • May 2, 1996: Soccer: Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle agrees to take over the England national team.
  • May 3, 1996: The Craft (1996), starring Neve Campbell, is released in movie theaters.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 3, 1996, will have the star sign Aries.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 3, 1996 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1996

Television shows that people were watching in April 1996:

TV shows from April 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 April 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
Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory

Toys in 1996

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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 April 1996.

Resident Evil 1996
Resident Evil
Alien Trilogy 1996
Alien Trilogy
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

Were you born on April 3, 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 April 3, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 3.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Actor Deceased
Born on April 3, 1924
He turned 72 on this day in 1996.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Born on April 3, 1958
He turned 38 on this day in 1996.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Born on April 3, 1961
He turned 35 on this day in 1996.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

British politician
Born on April 3, 1964
He turned 32 on this day in 1996.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Born on April 3, 1986
She turned 10 on this day in 1996.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on April 3, 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 April 3, 1996 was most likely conceived around July 12, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 3, 1996 is close to December 25, 1996.

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Stats for April 3, 1996


Here are some interesting statistics about April 3, 1996:

  • 10,240 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,462 weeks have passed.
  • 884,736,000 seconds have passed since April 3, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,032,192,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 456,523,776,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 147,456,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 76,087,296 steps. That's roughly 33,817 miles.
  • 10,616,832 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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