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May 3, 1996

May 3, 1996, was a Friday. It was the 124th day of 1996. The decade was the nineties.

27 years, 9 months, and 29 days have passed since May 3, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on May 3, 1996?

  • The Craft (1996), starring Neve Campbell, is released in movie theaters.
Birthdays

Born on May 3, 1996

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

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

  • United States: "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
  • United Kingdom: "Fastlove" by George Michael

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 3, 1996

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

  • Because You Loved Me (From "Up Close & Personal") - Celine Dion
  • Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
  • Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project
  • Ironic - Alanis Morissette
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio
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The Craft

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Craft" was at the top of the box office on May 3, 1996.

Facts

This date occurred 10,164 days ago. Approximately 339 months have passed. It was the 124th day of 1996, in week 18. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on May 3, 1996, are now 27 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 113 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to May 3, 1996

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is May 3, 1996, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1996 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey is at the top of the singles charts, while "Fastlove" by George Michael is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie The Craft 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 "Family Matters", "Home Improvement", "Mad About You", and "The X-Files". 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. Everyone and their grandmother is buying a new "virtual pet" called the Tamagotchi. The movie Barb Wire, starring Pamela Anderson, is being shown in movie theaters.

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 "Theme Park", "Air Combat", "The Adventures of Batman & Robin", and "Destruction Derby". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Home Improvement", "The Secret World of Alex Mack", "Johnny Bravo", and "In the House".

Children are playing with toys such as Yo-yo, G.I. Joe (figures), Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot , and the PlayStation (PS1).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

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

  • The Craft.

    The Craft

    Moviegoers were watching The Craft—a new teen supernatural horror film about four high school girls who use witchcraft for their own gain.
  • Eurovision 1996.

    Eurovision 1996

    The 1996 Eurovision song contest was held in Oslo, Norway. Ireland won the contest with the song "The Voice" by Eimear Quinn.
  • The Tamagotchi.

    The Tamagotchi

    Back in 1996, it seemed like everyone had a handheld digital pet called the Tamagotchi. The egg-shaped device contained a pixelated creature that the owner had to feed and play minigames with. It also left behind digital droppings that needed to be cleaned up on a regular basis.
  • Dexter's Laboratory.

    Dexter's Laboratory

    A new animated TV series called Dexter's Laboratory made its debut on Cartoon Network at the end of April 1996.
  • 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 3, 1996.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 3, 1996.

  • 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.
    • Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is arrested.
    • United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown dies in a plane crash in Croatia.
  • April 6, 1996: The first Major League Soccer game takes place in San Jose, California.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 3, 1996
  • May 5, 1996: Soccer: Rio Ferdinand makes his debut for West Ham.
  • May 6, 1996:
    • The Backstreet Boys release their debut album.
    • The body of former CIA director William Colby is found eight days after he went missing while canoeing at Rock Point, Maryland.
  • May 10, 1996:
    • The disaster film "Twister", starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, is released in movie theaters.
    • Wrestling: Edge makes his debut for the WWF.
  • May 11, 1996:
    • FA Cup Final 1996: A late 85th minute goal from Eric Cantona helps Manchester United secure a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
    • 8 climbers lose their lives after a blizzard hits Mount Everest.
    • 110 people lose their lives after ValuJet Flight 592 crashes into the Everglades after taking off from Miami.
  • May 14, 1996: Welsh singer Donna Lewis releases her single "I Love You Always Forever".
  • May 19, 1996: The final episode of "Murder, She Wrote" is aired on television.
  • May 20, 1996:
    • The song "Three Lions" is released as the official anthem of the England football team (for the 1996 European Championships).
    • The last episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is aired.
  • May 22, 1996:
    • The movie Mission: Impossible (1996) is released.
    • Football: Juventus win the UEFA Champions League after they defeat Ajax on penalties.
  • May 31, 1996:
    • The movie DragonHeart (1996) is released in cinemas.
    • The Fugees release their song "Killing Me Softly with His Song".
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 3, 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 3, 1996 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in May 1996

Television shows that people were watching in May 1996:

TV shows from May 1996.

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
JAG
JAG
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Friends
Friends
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
ER
ER
Party of Five
Party of Five
Ellen
Ellen
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The Nanny
The Nanny
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Frasier
Frasier
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The X-Files
The X-Files
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Mad About You
Mad About You
Martin
Martin
Melrose Place
Melrose Place
Baywatch
Baywatch
Step by Step
Step by Step
Home Improvement
Home Improvement
One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave

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 May 1996

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

Moesha
Moesha
Little Bear
Little Bear
Goosebumps
Goosebumps

Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
Hang Time
Hang Time
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
In the House
In the House
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo
Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Gargoyles
Gargoyles
The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Friends
Friends
Street Sharks
Street Sharks
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Sweet Valley High
Sweet Valley High
All That
All That
Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister
Weird Science
Weird Science
The Nanny
The Nanny
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Living Single
Living Single
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Doug
Doug
Rugrats
Rugrats
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Rosie and Jim
Rosie and Jim
Art Attack
Art Attack
Round the Twist
Round the Twist
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Roseanne
Roseanne
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Toys

Toys in 1996

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi
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
Action Man
Action Man
Mighty Max
Mighty Max
Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
Nerf Blaster
Nerf Blaster
Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The SEGA Game Gear
The SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
Jenga
Jenga
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1996.

Ridge Racer Revolution 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution
Resident Evil 1996
Resident Evil
Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Duke Nukem 3D
Virtua Fighter 2 1996
Virtua Fighter 2
Twisted Metal 1995
Twisted Metal
Phantasmagoria 1995
Phantasmagoria
Destruction Derby 1995
Destruction Derby
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Rayman 1995
Rayman
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
Air Combat 1995
Air Combat
Judge Dredd 1995
Judge Dredd
Mortal Kombat 3 1995
Mortal Kombat 3
Theme Park 1995
Theme Park
Myst 1993
Myst

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

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

Philosopher / Diplomat Deceased
Born on May 3, 1469
He was not alive on this date.

Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson

Boxer Deceased
Born on May 3, 1921
He was not alive on this date.

James Brown

James Brown

Singer Deceased
Born on May 3, 1933
He turned 63 on this day in 1996.

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Actor
Born on May 3, 1975
He turned 21 on this day in 1996.

Farrah Franklin

Farrah Franklin

Singer
Born on May 3, 1981
She turned 15 on this day in 1996.

Desiigner

Desiigner

Rapper
Born on May 3, 1997
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on May 3:

  • Constitution Memorial Day (Japan)
USA

US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 3, 1996.

UK

UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 3, 1996 was most likely conceived around August 11, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 3, 1996 is close to January 24, 1997.

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Stats for May 3, 1996

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 3, 1996:

  • 10,164 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,452 weeks have passed.
  • 878,173,200 seconds have passed since May 3, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,024,535,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 453,137,371,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 146,362,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 75,522,895 steps. That's roughly 33,566 miles!
  • Since this date, 10,538,078 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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