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July 29th, 1996.

July 29th, 1996, was a Monday. It was day 211 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

25 years, 2 months and 19 days have passed since July 29th, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 29th, 1996.

  • United States: Macarena - Los Del Rio
  • United Kingdom: Wannabe - Spice Girls
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Independence Day

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Independence Day" was at the top of the box office on July 29th, 1996.

Take me back to July 29th, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 29th, 1996 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Macarena by Los Del Rio is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Wannabe by Spice Girls is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Independence Day is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister. A new form of communication called "text messaging" is continuing to grow in popularity. 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 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, 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.

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 be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Home Improvement", "Baywatch", "Melrose Place" and "The X-Files".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tekken 2", "Twisted Metal", "Duke Nukem 3D" and "Quake". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Rugrats", "X-Men: The Animated Series", "Tales from the Cryptkeeper" and "Brotherly Love". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Sylvanian Families, Lego Pirates, Nerf Blaster and Action Man.

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 July 29th, 1996.

  • Kenan & Kel airs on Nickelodeon.

    Kenan & Kel airs on Nickelodeon.

    In July of 1996, a new sitcom called "Kenan & Kel" began to air on Nickelodeon. The show followed the "misadventures" of two friends who lived in Chicago, Illinois.

  • The Tamagotchi.

    The Tamagotchi.

    In 1996, the popularity of a handheld digital pet called the "Tamagotchi" spread across America and Europe.

  • 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.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist plain-colored walls.

  • 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, 2 months and 19 days have passed since July 29th, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 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 July 29th, 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 838594800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 29th, 1996.

  • June 30th, 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 2nd, 1996: The film "Independence Day", starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 4th, 1996: The web email service Hotmail is launched.
  • July 5th, 1996: Dolly the sheep becomes the world's first successfully cloned mammal.
  • July 8th, 1996: The Spice Girls release their single Wannabe.
  • July 15th, 1996: The first episode of Kenan & Kel is aired.
  • July 19th, 1996: Muhammad Ali lights the flame at the 1996 Olympics.
  • July 19th, 1996: The Saguenay flood of 1996 begins in Quebec, Canada.
  • July 22nd, 1996: The first episode of "The Daily Show" is aired.
  • July 27th, 1996: A bomb explodes during a concert at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • This date: July 29th, 1996
  • July 30th, 1996: Soccer: Alan Shearer joins Newcastle United for £15 million.
  • July 31st, 1996: Rapper Seagram is killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 26.
  • August 1st, 1996: American author George R. R. Martin publishes his novel "A Game of Thrones".
  • August 2nd, 1996: The fantasy film "Matilda", starring Danny DeVito and Mara Wilson, is released in movie theaters.
  • August 6th, 1996: Punk band "The Ramones" play their final show.
  • August 15th, 1996: The Nokia 9000 Communicator is released.
  • August 23rd, 1996: Irish crime: 25-year-old Fiona Pender goes missing from Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
  • August 23rd, 1996: al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden declares war against the United States because of its presence in Saudi Arabia.
  • August 25th, 1996: The Steve Harvey Show is broadcasted for the first time.
  • August 26th, 1996: The first episode of "7th Heaven" is broadcasted.
  • August 27th, 1996: Polish fashion model Agnieszka Kotlarska is stabbed to death by a stalker in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • August 28th, 1996: The divorce of Lady Diana and Prince Charles is finalized.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 29th, 1996, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 29th, 1996 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

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.

  • Kenan & Kel - Nickelodeon TV show about two friends called Kenan and Kel.
  • 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.

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.

Kid's TV shows on July 29th, 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
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 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.

  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • The Tamagotchi
  • 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.

  • Fade to Black - Action-adventure game.
  • Quake - A first-person-shooter game.
  • 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.

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 July 29th, 2002 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 29th.

Benito Mussolini

Italian dictator. Deceased
Born on July 29th, 1883
He was not alive on this date.

Tony Sirico

Actor.
Born on July 29th, 1942
He turned 54 on this day in 1996.

Wil Wheaton

Actor.
Born on July 29th, 1972
He turned 24 on this day in 1996.

Joey Essex

Television personality.
Born on July 29th, 1990
He turned 6 on this day in 1996.

Weather on July 29th, 1996.

Historical weather information for July 29th, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 20.6 degrees Celsius. It was a wet day. There were 2 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 68.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 20.11 degrees Celsius. There was thunder. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 19.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 1.02cm.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on July 29th, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 29th, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 29th, 1996 was most likely conceived around the 20th of October, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 29th, 1996 is close to the 8th of May, 1997.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 29th, 1996.

  • A total of 9,211 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,315 weeks have passed.
  • 795,830,400 seconds have passed since the July 29th, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 928,468,800 times.
  • Since July 29th, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 410,648,486,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 132,638,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 68,441,414 steps. That's about 30,418 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,549,965 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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