October 9th, 1996, was a Wednesday. It was Day 283 of 1996. The decade was the Nineties.
26 years, 7 months, and 19 days have passed since October 9th, 1996.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 9th, 1996.
These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
The movie "First Wives Club" was at the top of the box office on October 9th, 1996.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is October 9th, 1996, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.
Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. There is also a fresh, earthy scent in the air. In America, the song Macarena by Los Del Rio is at the top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Setting Sun by Chemical Brothers is the number-one hit song.
Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie First Wives Club 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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "Roseanne", "Melrose Place", and "Star Trek: Voyager".
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. A new dance craze called the "Macarena" is all the rage at the moment.
A new video game console called the "Nintendo 64" has just been released. It is currently competing against the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Yaki Kadafi, Tiny Tim, Carl Sagan, and JonBenét Ramsey would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Virtua Fighter 2", "Ridge Racer Revolution", "Nights into Dreams", and "The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall".
Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Boy Meets World", "Johnny Bravo", "Moesha", and "Blue's Clues". Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, Sylvanian Families, Lego Pirates, and the Nintendo 64.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 9th, 1996.
In October 1996, a new cartoon series called "Hey Arnold!" debuted on Nickelodeon.
The 1996 United States presidential election was heating up at this point, as incumbent Democratic Party President Bill Clinton went head-to-head against Republican challenger Bob Dole. Throughout the campaign, Clinton managed to maintain a consistent lead in the polls.
The Nintendo 64 games console was released in North America on September 29th, 1996. For many kids (and adults), this was the go-to gift for Christmas 1996.
At the end of September in 1996, a new sitcom called "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" premiered on ABC. The show followed the life of Sabrina Spellman - a high school student who learns that she is a witch with magical powers.
A dance called the "Macarena" became a craze in the second half of 1996.
The Nokia 9000 Communicator was released on April 15th, 1996. It was one of the first smartphones on the market. The phone had 8MB of memory and came equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard.
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.
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 named David Ho was named 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 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 Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
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.
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.
A new global, interconnected network called the Internet is beginning to grow. However, it is still a novelty.
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".
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.
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.
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.
People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in October 1996.
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
Family drama series.
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.
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.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Superman: The Animated Series
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
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.
The Nintendo 64
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 SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
Popular video games that people were playing in October of 1996.
Futuristic racing game.
Super Mario 64
Platform game for the Nintendo 64.
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Open world RPG developed by Bethesda Softworks.
Platform video game that was developed by Naughty Dog.
Nights into Dreams
Published by Sega for the Sega Saturn.
Die Hard Trilogy
Game based on the Die Hard movie series.
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.
Fighting video game developed by Rare.
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.
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 October 9th, 2002, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 9th.
Born on October 9th, 1952
She turned 44 on this day in 1996.
Historical weather information for October 9th, 1996.
Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on October 9th, 1996.
John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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