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.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1996.
The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "Tin Cup" was at the top of the box office on August 17th, 1996.
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.
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.
The fantasy comedy film "Matilda" would have been playing in movie theaters at this time.
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.
In 1996, the popularity of a handheld digital pet called the "Tamagotchi" spread across America and Europe.
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.
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.
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.
The X-Files actress Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) was named as FHM's sexiest woman in 1996.
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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1996.
The song "Change the World" by Eric Clapton went on to win a Grammy for 1996's Song of the Year.
The PlayStation (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
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.
During this period, the First Chechen War was raging on between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.
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 and information about this date.
Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1996.
Zodiac & Birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching on this date.
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
Irish comedy TV series about a group of Catholic priests.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.
Sitcom about a group of friends living in New York City.
Touched by an Angel
TV series about a group of angels.
Hospital drama series.
Party of Five
TV show about five siblings whose parents died in a car accident.
Soap drama that is set in space.
Fran Fine becomes a nanny in wealthy widower Maxwell Sheffield's home.
Walker, Texas Ranger
Starring Chuck Norris.
Sitcom about a therapist / talk-show host called Dr. Frasier Crane.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Superman TV series starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher.
Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully team up to investigate the paranormal.
Beavis and Butt-Head
Adult animated comedy series.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Spin-off of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
American Western drama.
Mad About You
Starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.
Comedian Martin Lawrence plays the role of a radio talk show host.
Drama series about lifeguards. Starring David Hasselhoff.
Step by Step
American television sitcom.
Starring Tim Allen as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor.
One Foot in the Grave
British sitcom following the life of Victor Meldrew.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1996.
Kenan & Kel
Pinky and the Brain
In the House
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Magic School Bus
Sweet Valley High
Boy Meets World
Rocko's Modern Life
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Bill Nye the Science Guy
X-Men: The Animated Series
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Beverly Hills, 90210
Rosie and Jim
Round the Twist
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Married... with Children
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1996.
Tickle Me Elmo
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
The PlayStation (PS1)
The Sega Saturn
Styrofoam plane gliders
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
Popular video games that people were playing on this date.
Fade to Black
A first-person-shooter game.
Ridge Racer Revolution
Developed and published by Namco for the Sony PlayStation.
Zombie horror survival game.
Duke Nukem 3D
First-person shooter game that was published by GT Interactive Software.
Virtua Fighter 2
Fighting video game developed by Sega.
Vehicular combat game.
Point-and-click adventure horror game.
Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Platform game that was released for the SNES.
Side-scrolling platform game that was released by Ubi Soft.
Fighting video game developed by Rare.
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
Action / platform game that was released on various consoles.
Combat flight simulator game for the PlayStation.
Mortal Kombat 3
The third installment in the series. Fighters band together to fight off an invasion from Shao Kahn.
Theme park construction simulator that was released on various platforms.
Puzzle adventure game.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 17th.
Historical weather information for August 17th, 1996.
Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1996.
John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1996.
John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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