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August 17th, 1996.

August 17th, 1996, was a Saturday. It was day 230 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

25 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 17th, 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 August 17th, 1996.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 17th, 1996.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los Del Rio
  • Twisted - Keith Sweat
  • C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJ's
  • You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
  • Change The World - Eric Clapton
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Tin Cup

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Tin Cup" was at the top of the box office on August 17th, 1996.

Take me back to August 17th, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 17th, 1996 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

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 Tin Cup 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 "Beavis and Butt-Head", "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", "Touched by an Angel" and "Xena: Warrior Princess". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Myst", "Mortal Kombat 3", "Air Combat" and "Twisted Metal". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Simpsons", "Animaniacs", "Weird Science" and "Brotherly Love".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Cabbage Patch Kids, Nerf Blaster, Action Man and Dear Diary.

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 August 17th, 1996.

  • The Nokia 9000 Communicator.

    The Nokia 9000 Communicator.

    On April 15th, 1996, the Nokia 9000 Communicator was released. It was one of the first smartphones on the market. The phone had 8MB of memory and it came equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard.

  • Matilda is released.

    Matilda is released.

    The fantasy comedy film "Matilda" would have been playing in movie theaters at this time.

  • 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 25 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 17th, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 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 August 17th, 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 840236400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1996.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: August 17th, 1996
  • 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.
  • August 31st, 1996: The game "Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall" is released for the PC.
  • August 31st, 1996: The game Crash Bandicoot is released on the PlayStation.
  • August 31st, 1996: The video game "Die Hard Trilogy" is released.
  • September 4th, 1996: "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins wins Video of the Year at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 7th, 1996: Boxing: Mike Tyson defeats Bruce Seldon by a 1st-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
  • September 7th, 1996: Rap star Tupac Shakur (2Pac) is shot four times in Las Vegas.
  • September 9th, 1996: The mobile phone "Nokia 8110" is announced.
  • September 13th, 1996: The first episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" is aired.
  • September 13th, 1996: Rapper Tupac Shakur (2Pac) dies six days after being shot in Las Vegas.
  • September 15th, 1996: The song "Time to Say Goodbye" is released by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
  • September 15th, 1996: Serial killer Ottis Toole dies from liver cirrhosis in prison.
  • September 16th, 1996: The first episode of reality court show "Judge Judy" is aired.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1996, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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: August 17th, 1996 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

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.

TV shows from August, 1996.

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.

JAG
JAG
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.

Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.

Father Ted
Father Ted
Irish comedy TV series about a group of Catholic priests.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
TV series.

Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.

Friends
Friends
Sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City.

Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
TV series about a group of angels.

ER
ER
Hospital drama series.

Party of Five
Party of Five
TV show about five siblings whose parents died in a car accident.

Ellen
Ellen
TV series.

Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Soap drama that is set in space.

The Nanny
The Nanny
Fran Fine becomes a nanny in wealthy widower Maxwell Sheffield's home.

Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Starring Chuck Norris.

Frasier
Frasier
Sitcom about a therapist / talk-show host called Dr. Frasier Crane.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Superman TV series starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher.

The X-Files
The X-Files
Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully team up to investigate the paranormal.

Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Adult animated comedy series.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Spin-off of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
American Western drama.

Mad About You
Mad About You
Starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.

Martin
Martin
Comedian Martin Lawrence plays the role of a radio talk show host.

Melrose Place
Melrose Place
Soap drama.

Baywatch
Baywatch
Drama series about lifeguards. Starring David Hasselhoff.

Step by Step
Step by Step
American television sitcom.

Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Starring Tim Allen as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor.

One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
British sitcom following the life of Victor Meldrew.

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.

Kids' TV shows on August 17th, 1996.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1996.

Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel

Moesha
Moesha

Little Bear
Little Bear

Goosebumps
Goosebumps

Wishbone
Wishbone

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

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

Popular toys and games in 1996.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1996.

Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo

The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi

12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure

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

Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex

Action Man
Action Man

Mighty Max
Mighty Max

Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop

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)

Yo-yo
Yo-yo

Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates

Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket

Jenga
Jenga

Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Fade to Black 1996
Fade to Black
Action-adventure game.

Quake 1996
Quake
A first-person-shooter game.

Ridge Racer Revolution 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution
Developed and published by Namco for the Sony PlayStation.

Resident Evil 1996
Resident Evil
Zombie horror survival game.

Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Duke Nukem 3D
First-person shooter game that was published by GT Interactive Software.

Virtua Fighter 2 1996
Virtua Fighter 2
Fighting video game developed by Sega.

Twisted Metal 1995
Twisted Metal
Vehicular combat game.

Phantasmagoria 1995
Phantasmagoria
Point-and-click adventure horror game.

Destruction Derby 1995
Destruction Derby
Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Platform game that was released for the SNES.

Rayman 1995
Rayman
Side-scrolling platform game that was released by Ubi Soft.

Killer Instinct 1995
Killer Instinct
Fighting video game developed by Rare.

The Adventures of Batman & Robin 1995
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
Action / platform game that was released on various consoles.

Air Combat 1995
Air Combat
Combat flight simulator game for the PlayStation.

Mortal Kombat 3 1995
Mortal Kombat 3
The third installment in the series. Fighters band together to fight off an invasion from Shao Kahn.

Theme Park 1995
Theme Park
Theme park construction simulator that was released on various platforms.

Myst 1993
Myst
Puzzle adventure game.

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 August 17th, 2002 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 17th.

Robert De Niro

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1943
He turned 53 on this day in 1996.

David Koresh

Cult leader. Deceased
Born on August 17th, 1959
He was not alive on this date.

Sean Penn

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1960
He turned 36 on this day in 1996.

Thierry Henry

French soccer player.
Born on August 17th, 1977
He turned 19 on this day in 1996.

Paige

Wrestler.
Born on August 17th, 1992
She turned 4 on this day in 1996.

Lil Pump

Rapper.
Born on August 17th, 2000
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

The Kid Laroi

Australian singer.
Born on August 17th, 2003
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Weather on August 17th, 1996.

Historical weather information for August 17th, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 20.5 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 68.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 20.11 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 20.72 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1996 was most likely conceived around November 25th, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1996 is close to May 10th, 1997.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1996.

  • A total of 9,238 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,319 weeks have passed.
  • 798,166,800 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 931,194,600 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 411,854,068,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 133,027,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 68,642,345 steps. That's about 30,508 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,578,002 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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