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October 14th, 1996.

October 14th, 1996, was a Monday. It was day 288 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.

25 years and 3 days have passed since October 14th, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 14th, 1996?

  • English girl group Spice Girls release their single "Say You'll Be There".
  • The Backstreet Boys release their single "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)".

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 14th, 1996.

  • United States: Macarena - Los Del Rio
  • United Kingdom: Words - Boyzone
Play the top hits from 1996.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1996. Take a trip back to the days of the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and the Fugees.
Ghost and the Darkness

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Ghost and the Darkness" was at the top of the box office on October 14th, 1996.

Take me back to October 14th, 1996!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 14th, 1996 and it's a Monday. 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 and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Macarena by Los Del Rio is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Words by Boyzone is the number one hit song.

Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Ghost and the Darkness 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. 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 be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Baywatch", "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and "3rd Rock from the Sun". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duke Nukem 3D", "Quake", "The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall" and "Wipeout 2097".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Weird Science", "Sister, Sister", "7th Heaven" and "Arthur". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Sylvanian Families, Super Soaker (water gun), the PlayStation (PS1) and the Tamagotchi.

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 October 14th, 1996.

  • Hey Arnold!

    Hey Arnold!

    In October, 1996, a new cartoon series called "Hey Arnold!" debuted on Nickelodeon.

  • The campaign for the 1996 United States presidential election is underway.

    The campaign for the 1996 United States presidential election is underway.

    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 is released.

    The Nintendo 64 is released.

    On September 29th, 1996, the Nintendo 64 games console was released in North America. For many kids (and adults), this was the go-to gift for Christmas of 1996.

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

    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.

  • Macarena.

    Macarena.

    A dance called the "Macarena" became a craze in the second half of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and 3 days have passed since October 14th, 1996.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 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 October 14th, 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 845247600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 14th, 1996.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 14th, 1996, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 14th, 1996 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - TV show about a high school student with magical powers.
  • Clueless - TV show about a group of friends that live in the posh neighborhood of Beverly Hills.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond - TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 October 14th, 1996.

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

  • Hey Arnold!
  • Arthur
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
  • Blue's Clues
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Bop It
  • The Nintendo 64
  • 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.

  • Wipeout 2097 - Futuristic racing game.
  • Super Mario 64 - Platform game for the Nintendo 64.
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - Open world RPG developed by Bethesda Softworks.
  • 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.
  • Twisted Metal - Vehicular combat game.
  • Phantasmagoria - Point-and-click adventure horror game.
  • Destruction Derby - Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
  • 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 October 14th, 2002 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 14th.

Eamon de Valera

Irish revolutionary leader. Deceased
Born on October 14th, 1882
He was not alive on this date.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

US President. Deceased
Born on October 14th, 1890
He was not alive on this date.

Roger Moore

English actor. Deceased
Born on October 14th, 1927
He turned 69 on this day in 1996.

Cliff Richard

British singer.
Born on October 14th, 1940
He turned 56 on this day in 1996.

Usher

Singer.
Born on October 14th, 1978
He turned 18 on this day in 1996.

Stacy Keibler

Wrestler.
Born on October 14th, 1979
She turned 17 on this day in 1996.

Rowan Blanchard

Actress.
Born on October 14th, 2001
She was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 14th of October.

  • Thanksgiving (Canada)
  • Columbus Day (USA)

Weather on October 14th, 1996.

Historical weather information for October 14th, 1996.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 14.8 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 56.0 degrees Fahrenheit. 13.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.25cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 15.56 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on October 14th, 1996.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 14th, 1996.

Irish Taoiseach.

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 14th, 1996 was most likely conceived around the 5th of January, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 14th, 1996 is close to the 24th of July, 1997.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 14th, 1996.

  • A total of 9,134 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,304 weeks have passed.
  • 789,177,600 seconds have passed since the October 14th, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 920,707,200 times.
  • Since October 14th, 1996, the earth has travelled approximately 407,215,641,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 131,529,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 67,869,274 steps. That's about 30,164 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,470,131 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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