July 27, 1996

July 27, 1996, was a Saturday. It was 27 years, 8 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day


Notable events that occurred on July 27, 1996:

  • A bomb explodes during a concert at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Song charts

Popular songs

On July 27, 1996, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton
  • United Kingdom: "Wannabe" by Spice Girls

The music charts on July 27, 1996

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
  • How Do U Want It/California Love - 2Pac Featuring K-Ci And JoJo
  • Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
  • Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los Del Rio
  • Twisted - Keith Sweat
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.
Independence Day

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Independence Day".


This date occurred 10,129 days ago. Approximately 338 months have passed. It was the 209th day of 1996, in week 30. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on July 27, 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. 113 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to July 27, 1996

Let's go back to the nineties.

The date is July 27, 1996, and it's a Saturday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Leo. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, shopping, playing video games, and watching sports.

The summer of 1996 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton is at the top of the singles charts, while "Wannabe" by Spice Girls is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Independence Day 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 "Roseanne", "Seinfeld", "Beavis and Butt-Head", and "Xena: Warrior Princess". 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Agnieszka Kotlarska, Tupac Shakur, Yaki Kadafi, and Tiny Tim would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Air Combat", "Killer Instinct", "Resident Evil", and "Fade to Black". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Simpsons", "Bill Nye the Science Guy", "Street Sharks", and "Little Bear". Children are playing with toys such as Littlest Pet Shop, Action Man, Matchbox Car Wash, and Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 27, 1996.

  • Independence Day.

    Independence Day

    The film Independence Day, starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, was being shown in movie theaters at this time.
  • 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.
  • 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 July 27, 1996.

  • June 30, 1996: Germany win the UEFA Euro 1996 Final after a golden goal from Oliver Bierhoff in extra time gives them a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
  • July 1, 1996: Former fashion model Margaux Hemingway dies of an overdose at the age of 42.
  • July 2, 1996: The film "Independence Day", starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 4, 1996: The web email service Hotmail is launched.
  • July 5, 1996: Dolly the sheep becomes the world's first successfully cloned mammal.
  • July 8, 1996: The Spice Girls release their single Wannabe.
  • July 19, 1996:
    • Muhammad Ali lights the flame at the 1996 Olympics.
    • The Saguenay flood of 1996 begins in Quebec, Canada.
  • July 22, 1996: The first episode of "The Daily Show" is aired.
  • This date: July 27, 1996
  • July 29, 1996: English singer Robbie Williams releases his debut solo single "Freedom".
  • July 30, 1996: Soccer: Alan Shearer joins Newcastle United for £15 million.
  • July 31, 1996: Rapper Seagram is killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 26.
  • August 1, 1996: American author George R. R. Martin publishes his novel "A Game of Thrones".
  • August 2, 1996: The fantasy film "Matilda", starring Danny DeVito and Mara Wilson, is released in movie theaters.
  • August 6, 1996: Punk band "The Ramones" play their final show.
  • August 15, 1996: The Nokia 9000 Communicator is released.
  • August 17, 1996: The first episode of Kenan & Kel is aired.
  • August 23, 1996:
    • Irish crime: 25-year-old Fiona Pender goes missing from Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
    • al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden declares war against the United States because of its presence in Saudi Arabia.
  • August 25, 1996: The Steve Harvey Show is broadcasted for the first time.
  • August 26, 1996: The first episode of "7th Heaven" is broadcasted.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 27, 1996, will have the star sign Leo.
  • 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: July 27, 1996 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in July 1996

In July 1996, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from July 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 July 1996

If you were a kid on July 27, 1996, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

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

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

Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in July 1996.

Fade to Black 1996
Fade to Black
Quake 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution
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

Were you born on July 27, 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 July 27, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 27.

Triple H

Triple H

Born on July 27, 1969
He turned 27 on this day in 1996.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Born on July 27, 1977
He turned 19 on this day in 1996.

Young Dolph

Young Dolph

Rapper Deceased
Born on July 27, 1985
He turned 11 on this day in 1996.



Youtube personality
Born on July 27, 1990
He turned 6 on this day in 1996.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

Pro Golfer
Born on July 27, 1993
He turned 3 on this day in 1996.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on July 27, 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 July 27, 1996 was most likely conceived around November 4, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 27, 1996 is close to April 19, 1997.

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Stats for July 27, 1996


Here are some interesting statistics about July 27, 1996:

  • 10,129 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,447 weeks have passed.
  • 875,145,600 seconds have passed since July 27, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,021,003,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 451,575,129,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 145,857,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 75,262,522 steps. That's roughly 33,450 miles.
  • 10,501,747 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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