December 17th, 1996, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 352 of 1996. The decade was the 1990s.
23 years, 7 months and 25 days have passed since December 17th, 1996.
On This Date
Events that occurred on December 17th, 1996:
The Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1996:
United States: Un-break My Heart - Toni Braxton
United Kingdom: Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Dunblane
Movie Box Office
What movie was on top of the box office?
The movie "Jerry Maguire" was at the top of the box office on this date.
Take Me Back!
The date is December 17th, 1996 and it's a Tuesday. The Christmas season of 1996 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song Un-break My Heart by Toni Braxton is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Dunblane is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Jerry Maguire is at the top of the Box Office. 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.
The Nintendo 64 games console has recently been released. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Martin", "Friends", "Brotherly Love" and "Clueless". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Air Combat", "Duke Nukem 3D", "Fade to Black" and "Command & Conquer: Red Alert".
Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Doug", "Weird Science", "Sweet Valley High" and "Gargoyles". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Polly Pocket", "Yo-yo", "G.I. Joe (figures)" and "The Pokémon Trading Card Game".
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 17th, 1996.
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.
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.
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.
X-Files actress Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) is listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 1996.
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.
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.
The Nintendo 64 is released.
On the 29th of September, 1996, The Nintendo 64 games console was released in North America. For many kids (and adults), this would have been the go-to present for Christmas 1996.
Basic facts and information about this date:
23 years, 7 months and 25 days have passed since December 17th, 1996.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 December 17th, 1996, will be 23 years of age.
People born in 1996 belong to the "Generation Z" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 850780800.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 1996:
January 8th, 1997: Football: Kevin Keegan announces that he is stepping down as manager of Newcastle United.
January 16th, 1997: Bill Cosby's son, Ennis Cosby, is shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 1996, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
Zodiac Element: Fire.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1996 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
Native American Zodiac: December 17th, 1996 falls under the Owl.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
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.
1996 - Kid's TV
Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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" - "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" - "Married... with Children"
1996 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1996:
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Tickle Me Elmo
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of December:
Destruction Derby - Combat racing video game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1996.
8,639 days have passed since this date.
746,406,000 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1996.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 870,807,000 times.
Since December 17th, 1996, earth has travelled approximately 385,145,496,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 124,401,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 64,190,916 steps. That's about 28,529 miles!
Since this date, 8,956,872 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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