May 1st, 1996, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 122 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.
24 years, 2 months and 9 days have passed since May 1st, 1996.
On This Date
Events that occurred on May 1st, 1996:
The song Mysterious Girl is released by Peter Andre.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 1st, 1996:
United States: Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
United Kingdom: Fastlove - George Michael
Movie Box Office
What movie was on top of the box office?
The movie "The Quest" was at the top of the box office on this date.
Take Me Back!
The date is May 1st, 1996 and it's a Wednesday. The summer of 1996 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Fastlove by George Michael is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Quest is at the top of the Box Office. 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.
Everyone and their grandmother is buying a new "virtual pet" called the Tamagotchi. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Only Fools and Horses", "Seinfeld" and "The Secret World of Alex Mack". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Command & Conquer", "Tekken 2", "Destruction Derby" and "Phantasmagoria".
Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Rocko's Modern Life", "The Magic School Bus", "Brotherly Love" and "Moesha". Popular toys include the likes of "Sylvanian Families", "Super Soaker (water gun)", "Nerf Blaster" and "12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure".
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 1st, 1996.
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.
First Chechen War.
During this period, the First Chechen War was raging on between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Eric Clapton - "Change the World"
"Change the World" by Eric Clapton would go on to win a Grammy for 1996's Song of the Year.
The English Patient
"The English Patient" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1996.
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.
X-Files actress Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) is listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 1996.
A scientist called David Ho is named as the Time Person of the Year in 1996. Ho had made pioneering contributions to HIV/AIDS research.
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.
The popularity of a handheld digital pet called the "Tamagotchi" begins to spread across America and Europe.
The 1996 Eurovision song contest is held in Oslo, Norway. Ireland win the contest with the song "The Voice" by Eimear Quinn.
Basic facts and information about this date:
24 years, 2 months and 9 days have passed since May 1st, 1996.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 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 May 1st, 1996, will be 24 years of age.
People born in 1996 belong to the "Generation Z" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 830905200.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around May 1st, 1996:
April 1st, 1996: Wrestling: Mankind makes his WWF debut against Bob "Spark Plug" Holly.
April 3rd, 1996: The film Primal Fear (1996), starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, is released in movie theaters.
May 31st, 1996: The Fugees release their song Killing Me Softly with His Song.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 1st, 1996, will have the star sign Taurus.
Zodiac Element: Earth.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
Native American Zodiac: May 1st, 1996 falls under the Beaver.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
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.
1996 - Kid's TV
Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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" - "Home Improvement" - "Doug" - "Rugrats" - "Beverly Hills, 90210" - "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" - "Rosie and Jim" - "The Simpsons" - "Roseanne" - "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - "Married... with Children"
1996 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1996:
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 1st of May:
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.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about May 1st, 1996.
8,836 days have passed since this date.
763,430,400 seconds have passed since the May 1st, 1996.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 890,668,800 times.
Since May 1st, 1996, earth has travelled approximately 393,930,086,400 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 127,238,400 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 65,655,014 steps. That's about 29,180 miles!
Since this date, 9,161,165 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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