December 4, 1996

December 4, 1996, was a Wednesday. It was 27 years, 4 months, and 15 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.


Born on December 4, 1996

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 4, 1996:

  • United States: "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
  • United Kingdom: "I Feel You" by Peter Andre

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 4, 1996

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

  • No Diggity - BLACKstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)
  • Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion
  • Mouth - Merril Bainbridge
  • Nobody - Keith Sweat Featuring Athena Cage
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Star Trek: First Contact

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Star Trek: First Contact" was at the top of the box office on December 4, 1996.


This date was 9,999 days ago. Approximately 333 months have passed. It was the 339th day of 1996, in week 49. The decade was the nineties. There were only 27 days left in the year. 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 December 4, 1996

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Wednesday, December 4, 1996. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The Christmas season of 1996 has begun. In America, the song "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Feel You" by Peter Andre is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Star Trek: First Contact 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 Carl Sagan, JonBenét Ramsey, The Notorious B.I.G, and Jeff Buckley would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Married... with Children", "One Foot in the Grave", "Beavis and Butt-Head", and "3rd Rock from the Sun". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Twisted Metal", "Fade to Black", "Super Mario 64", and "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Married... with Children", "The Magic School Bus", "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters", and "Dexter's Laboratory".

Popular toys at the moment include Cabbage Patch Kids, Action Man, Jurassic Park: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Casio Secret Sender 6000.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 4, 1996.

  • Christmas 1996 has begun.

    Christmas 1996 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 1996 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • "I believe I can fly... I believe I can touch the sky..."

    "I believe I can fly... I believe I can touch the sky..."

    On November 26th, 1996, R. Kelly released his song "I Believe I Can Fly". The song served as the main soundtrack for the basketball movie "Space Jam".
  • Space Jam.

    Space Jam

    The sports comedy film Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, was playing in movie theaters at this time.
  • 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.


    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

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to December 4, 1996.

  • 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.
  • November 8, 1996: Football: Gianfranco Zola joins Chelsea from Parma.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 4, 1996
  • December 5, 1996: Jordan Belfort's brokerage house "Stratton Oakmont" goes out of business after it is expelled by the NASD.
  • December 13, 1996: The movie Mars Attacks! (1996) is released.
  • December 14, 1996: 66 people are left injured after a freighter ship slams into the Riverwalk shopping mall in New Orleans.
  • December 16, 1996: It is reported that Boeing will be merging with aerospace manufacturing corporation McDonnell Douglas in a $13.3 billion deal.
  • December 17, 1996: The Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
  • December 20, 1996:
    • The movie Scream (1996) is released.
    • American astronomer Carl Sagan dies from cancer at the age of 62.
  • December 22, 1996: Soccer: Goalkeeper Peter Shilton plays his 1000th game.
  • December 23, 1996: French movie producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is murdered in Ireland.
  • December 24, 1996: German footballer Matthias Sammer wins the 1996 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 25, 1996: The murder of six year old JonBenet Ramsey shocks America.
  • December 26, 1996:
    • David Spencer (13) and Patrick Warren (11) go missing in Solihull, England.
    • Islamic hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969.
  • December 27, 1996: Patrick Warren (11) and David Spencer (13) go missing in Solihull, England.
  • December 30, 1996: Actor Jack Nance passes away from a subdural hematoma.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 4, 1996, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 4, 1996 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Mid-1990s fashion

Photographs of mid-1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Mid-1990s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1996

Television shows that people were watching in December 1996:

TV shows from December 1996.

Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
Party of Five
Party of Five

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 December 4, 1996

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

Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Bruno the Kid
Bruno the Kid
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Richie Rich
Richie Rich
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
7th Heaven
7th Heaven

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
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 1996.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1996
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
FIFA 97 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

Were you born on December 4, 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 December 4, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 4.

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Born on December 4, 1949
He turned 47 on this day in 1996.

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein

Born on December 4, 1964
He turned 32 on this day in 1996.



Born on December 4, 1969
He turned 27 on this day in 1996.

Fat Pat

Fat Pat

Rapper Deceased
Born on December 4, 1970
He turned 26 on this day in 1996.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Born on December 4, 1973
She turned 23 on this day in 1996.



BTS member
Born on December 4, 1992
He turned 4 on this day in 1996.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 4, 1996.


UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 4, 1996 was most likely conceived around March 13, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 4, 1996 is close to August 27, 1997.

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Stats for December 4, 1996


Here are some interesting statistics about December 4, 1996:

  • 9,999 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,428 weeks have passed.
  • 863,910,000 seconds have passed since December 4, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,007,895,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 445,777,560,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 143,985,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 74,296,260 steps. That's roughly 33,021 miles.
  • 10,366,920 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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