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November 8, 1996

November 8, 1996, was a Friday. It was the 313th day of 1996. The decade was the nineties.

27 years, 3 months, and 23 days have passed since November 8, 1996.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on November 8, 1996?

  • Football: Gianfranco Zola joins Chelsea from Parma.
Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 8, 1996:

  • United States: "No Diggity" by Blackstreet
  • United Kingdom: "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" by Robson & Jerome

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 8, 1996

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los Del Rio
  • It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion
  • No Diggity - Blackstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)
  • I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
  • Twisted - Keith Sweat
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Ransom

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Ransom" was at the top of the box office on November 8, 1996.

Facts

This date was 9,975 days ago. Approximately 333 months have passed. It was the 313th day of 1996, in week 45. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 27 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 1996 had 366 days because it was a leap year. The Earth has experienced 111 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to November 8, 1996

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, November 8, 1996. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. In America, the song "No Diggity" by Blackstreet is at the top of the singles charts, while "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" by Robson & Jerome is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Ransom is at the top of the box office.

John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "One Foot in the Grave", "The X-Files", "Xena: Warrior Princess", and "JAG". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Virtua Fighter 2", "Resident Evil", "Tomb Raider", and "Command & Conquer: Red Alert". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Dink, the Little Dinosaur", "The Simpsons", "Dexter's Laboratory", and "Kenan & Kel".

Popular toys at the moment include Lego Pirates, G.I. Joe (figures), Matchbox Car Wash, and Dear Diary.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on November 8, 1996.

  • Zola joins Chelsea.

    Zola joins Chelsea

    On November 8th, 1996, Chelsea signed Italian forward Gianfranco Zola for £4.5 million.
  • Bill Clinton is re-elected.

    Bill Clinton is re-elected

    On November 5th, 1996, Bill Clinton was re-elected after he defeated Republican Party candidate Bob Dole.
  • The Rock makes his WWF debut.

    The Rock makes his WWF debut

    Dwayne Johnson made his WWF debut as The Rock in November 1996.
  • Un-Break My Heart.

    Un-Break My Heart

    At the end of October 1996, American singer Toni Braxton released her single "Un-Break My Heart". The song stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a total of eleven weeks.
  • The Nintendo 64 is released.

    The Nintendo 64 is released

    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.
  • Macarena.

    Macarena

    A dance called the "Macarena" became a craze in the second half of 1996.
  • The Nokia 9000 Communicator.

    The Nokia 9000 Communicator

    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.
  • The Tamagotchi.

    The Tamagotchi

    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.
  • 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 named David Ho was named 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 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.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    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.
  • Mid-1990s fashion.

    Mid-1990s fashion

    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.
  • The Internet is growing.

    The Internet is growing

    A new global, interconnected network called the Internet was beginning to grow. However, it was still a novelty.
  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps

    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 common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    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.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    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.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    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.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    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.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on November 8, 1996.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to November 8, 1996.

  • October 11, 1996:
    • The film Michael Collins (1996) is released.
    • Boxing: Floyd Mayweather wins in his professional debut against Roberto Apodaca.
  • October 14, 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)".
  • October 18, 1996: The movie Sleepers (1996) is released.
  • October 21, 1996: The song "Un-Break My Heart" is released by Toni Braxton.
  • October 25, 1996: Tomb Raider is released on the Sega Saturn.
  • October 31, 1996:
    • The game Command & Conquer: Red Alert is released for the PC and PlayStation.
    • Irish-speaking channel TnaG is launched.
  • November 1, 1996:
    • Stephon Marbury makes his NBA debut.
    • The video game "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain" is released on the PlayStation.
  • November 3, 1996: Kobe Bryant makes his NBA debut at the age of 18.
  • November 4, 1996: Wrestler "The Rock" makes his WWF debut.
  • November 5, 1996:
    • 2Pac's album "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" is released two months after his murder in Las Vegas.
    • US President Bill Clinton is re-elected to the White House after defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole.
  • November 7, 1996: 144 people are killed after ADC Airlines Flight 086 crashes into a lagoon in Lagos State, Nigeria.
  • This date: November 8, 1996
  • November 9, 1996:
    • Boxing: Evander Holyfield defeats Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
    • Brothers Adam, Trevor, and Mitchell O'Brien go missing from Torbay in Canada.
  • November 10, 1996: Rapper Yaki Kadafi is shot dead in Orange, New Jersey.
  • November 11, 1996: The song "Breathe" by Prodigy is released.
  • November 12, 1996:
    • Eminem releases his album Infinite. The album is a commercial failure.
    • Saudia Flight 763 and Air Kazakhstan Flight 1907 collide over India, killing 349 people.
  • November 14, 1996: Tomb Raider is released on the Sony PlayStation.
  • November 15, 1996: The movie Space Jam (1996) is released.
  • November 16, 1996: Wladimir Klitschko makes his professional boxing debut in a win over Fabian Meza.
  • November 18, 1996: A fire breaks out on a train inside the Channel Tunnel between France and England.
  • November 23, 1996: 125 people die when hijacked "Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961" crashes into the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel.
  • November 26, 1996: The song "I Believe I Can Fly" is released by R&B singer R. Kelly.
  • November 27, 1996: 101 Dalmatians (1996) is released.
  • November 30, 1996: American singer Tiny Tim dies from a heart attack at the age of 64.
  • December 5, 1996: Jordan Belfort's brokerage house "Stratton Oakmont" goes out of business after it is expelled by the NASD.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 8, 1996, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 8, 1996 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1996

The following TV shows were popular in November 1996:

TV shows from November 1996.

Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
JAG
JAG
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Friends
Friends
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
ER
ER
Party of Five
Party of Five
Ellen
Ellen
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The Nanny
The Nanny
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Frasier
Frasier
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The X-Files
The X-Files
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Mad About You
Mad About You
Martin
Martin
Melrose Place
Melrose Place
Baywatch
Baywatch
Step by Step
Step by Step

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.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on November 8, 1996

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

KaBlam!
KaBlam!
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Arthur
Arthur

Bruno the Kid
Bruno the Kid
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Clueless
Clueless
Richie Rich
Richie Rich
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
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
Art Attack
Art Attack
Round the Twist
Round the Twist
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Roseanne
Roseanne
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1996

Toys and games that were popular in 1996:

The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Bop It
Bop It
Car City Carpet
Car City Carpet
The Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64
Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo
The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
12" talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Street Sharks Action Figures
Street Sharks Action Figures
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
Casio Secret Sender 6000
Casio Secret Sender 6000
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex
Matchbox Car Wash
Matchbox Car Wash
Action Man
Action Man
Mighty Max
Mighty Max
Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
Tiger 2-XL Talking Robot
Nerf Blaster
Nerf Blaster
Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)
The SEGA Game Gear
The SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
Jenga
Jenga
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in November 1996.

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Tomb Raider 1996
Tomb Raider
Wipeout 2097 1996
Wipeout 2097
Super Mario 64 1996
Super Mario 64
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Crash Bandicoot 1996
Crash Bandicoot
Nights into Dreams 1996
Nights into Dreams
Die Hard Trilogy 1996
Die Hard Trilogy
Fade to Black 1996
Fade to Black
Quake 1996
Quake
Ridge Racer Revolution 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution
Resident Evil 1996
Resident Evil
Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Duke Nukem 3D
Virtua Fighter 2 1996
Virtua Fighter 2
Twisted Metal 1995
Twisted Metal
Phantasmagoria 1995
Phantasmagoria
Destruction Derby 1995
Destruction Derby
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Killer Instinct 1995
Killer Instinct
Air Combat 1995
Air Combat

Were you born on November 8, 1996?

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 November 8, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on November 8.

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

Author Deceased
Born on November 8, 1847
He was not alive on this date.

Joseph James DeAngelo

Joseph James DeAngelo

Serial killer
Born on November 8, 1945
He turned 51 on this day in 1996.

John Costelloe

John Costelloe

Actor Deceased
Born on November 8, 1961
He turned 35 on this day in 1996.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Celebrity chef
Born on November 8, 1966
He turned 30 on this day in 1996.

Tara Reid

Tara Reid

Actress
Born on November 8, 1975
She turned 21 on this day in 1996.

Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

Actress
Born on November 8, 1979
She turned 17 on this day in 1996.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz

Programmer and Internet hacktivist Deceased
Born on November 8, 1986
He turned 10 on this day in 1996.

Sophie Kasaei

Sophie Kasaei

TV personality
Born on November 8, 1989
She turned 7 on this day in 1996.

SZA

SZA

Singer
Born on November 8, 1989
She turned 7 on this day in 1996.

USA

US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on November 8, 1996.

UK

UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on November 8, 1996 was most likely conceived around February 16, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 8, 1996 is close to August 1, 1997.

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Stats for November 8, 1996

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about November 8, 1996:

  • 9,975 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,425 weeks have passed.
  • 861,840,000 seconds have passed since November 8, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,005,480,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 444,709,440,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 143,640,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 74,118,240 steps. That's roughly 32,941 miles!
  • Since this date, 10,342,080 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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