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August 31st, 1996.

August 31st, 1996, was a Saturday. It was day 244 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

24 years, 8 months and 9 days have passed since August 31st, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On this day.

What happened on August 31st, 1996?

  • The video game "Die Hard Trilogy" is released.
  • The game "Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall" is released for the PC.
  • The game Crash Bandicoot is released on the PlayStation.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1996.

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Crow" was at the top of the box office on August 31st, 1996.

Take me back to August 31st, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 31st, 1996 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1996 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. 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 The Crow is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister. 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.

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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Nanny", "ER" and "Gargoyles".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Air Combat", "Phantasmagoria", "Fade to Black" and "Die Hard Trilogy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Simpsons", "Rugrats", "The Magic School Bus" and "Hang Time". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Sylvanian Families, Littlest Pet Shop, 12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure and Tickle Me Elmo.

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 31st, 1996.

  • 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.

  • First Chechen War.

    During this period, the First Chechen War was raging on between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

  • Eric Clapton - "Change the World".

    "Change the World" by Eric Clapton would go on to win a Grammy for 1996's Song of the Year.

  • The English Patient.

    "The English Patient" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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.

  • Gillian Anderson.

    X-Files actress Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) is listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 1996.

  • David Ho.

    A scientist called David Ho is named as the Time Person of the Year in 1996. Ho had made pioneering contributions to HIV/AIDS research.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tamagotchi.

    The popularity of a handheld digital pet called the "Tamagotchi" was spreading across America and Europe during this time.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 24 years, 8 months and 9 days have passed since August 31st, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 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 31st, 1996, will be 24 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1996 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 841446000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 31st, 1996.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1996, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 31st, 1996 falls under the Bear.
  • 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.

  • 7th Heaven - Family drama series.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on August 31st, 1996.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1996.

  • 7th Heaven
  • Kenan & Kel
  • 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
  • Polly Pocket
  • Jenga
  • Sylvanian Families

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Crash Bandicoot - Platform video game that was developed by Naughty Dog.
  • Die Hard Trilogy - Game based on the Die Hard movie series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Air Combat - Combat flight simulator game for the PlayStation.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 31st of August.

Weather on August 31st, 1996.

Historical weather information for August 31st, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 17.3 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a mostly sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 19 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 14.06 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 31st, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1996 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of November, 1995.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1996 is close to the 10th of June, 1997.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 31st, 1996.

  • A total of 9,017 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,288 weeks have passed.
  • 779,068,800 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 908,913,600 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 401,999,500,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 129,844,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 66,999,917 steps. That's about 29,778 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,348,826 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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