December 21, 1996

December 21, 1996, was a Saturday. It was 27 years, 5 months, and 29 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.


Born on December 21, 1996

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 21, 1996:

  • United States: "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
  • United Kingdom: "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Dunblane

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 21, 1996

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • I Believe I Can Fly (From "Space Jam") - R. Kelly
  • No Diggity - BLACKstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)
  • Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue
  • Nobody - Keith Sweat Featuring Athena Cage
Play the top singles 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.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America".


This date occurred 10,043 days ago. Approximately 335 months have passed. It was the 356th day of 1996, in week 51. The decade was the nineties. The start of 1997 was just 10 days away. People who were born on December 21, 1996, are now 27 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 1996 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. 112 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to December 21, 1996

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is December 21, 1996, and it's a Saturday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, shopping, playing video games, and watching sports.

Christmas Day of 1996 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are packed with Christmas shoppers, and people are meeting up with friends that they haven't seen in a while. In America, the song "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton is at the top of the singles charts, while "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Dunblane is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 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", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "The Nanny", and "Father Ted". 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 JonBenét Ramsey, The Notorious B.I.G, Jeff Buckley, and Gianni Versace would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Virtua Fighter 2", "Crash Bandicoot", "The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall", and "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Postman Pat", "Doug", "Kenan & Kel", and "Arthur".

Children are playing with toys such as Screwball Scramble, Polly Pocket, Styrofoam plane gliders, and Tickle Me Elmo.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 21, 1996.

  • Christmas 1996 is days away.

    Christmas 1996 is days away

    Christmas 1996 was just days away. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were buying last-minute presents for their loved ones, and stores were packed with shoppers. Schools, colleges, and non-retail businesses were also beginning to close for the holiday season.
  • Scream is playing at movie theaters.

    Scream is playing at movie theaters

    Between December 1996 and January 1997, people were going to their local movie theater to watch a new slasher film called "Scream". The movie proved to be a huge success, as it grossed $173 million at the box office and revitalized the horror genre.
  • Mars Attacks!

    Mars Attacks!

    The comic sci-fi movie "Mars Attacks!" was playing in movie theaters at this time.
  • 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?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 21, 1996.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 21, 1996
  • 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.
  • January 8, 1997: Football: Kevin Keegan announces that he is stepping down as manager of Newcastle United.
  • January 16, 1997: Bill Cosby's son, Ennis Cosby, is shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
  • January 17, 1997: The NBA suspends Dennis Rodman for at least 11 games for kicking cameraman Eugene Amos.
  • January 20, 1997: Autumn Jackson is arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of trying to extort money from comedian Bill Cosby.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 21, 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 21, 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

Television shows in December 1996

People in December 1996 were watching the following TV series:

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in December 1996

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

Toys in 1996

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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 21, 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 21, 2002, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 21.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Born on December 21, 1937
She turned 59 on this day in 1996.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Musician Deceased
Born on December 21, 1940
He was not alive on this date.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Born on December 21, 1948
He turned 48 on this day in 1996.

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Born on December 21, 1955
She turned 41 on this day in 1996.

Ray Romano

Ray Romano

Born on December 21, 1957
He turned 39 on this day in 1996.

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

Born on December 21, 1966
He turned 30 on this day in 1996.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

French president
Born on December 21, 1977
He turned 19 on this day in 1996.

The King of Random

The King of Random

Youtube personality Deceased
Born on December 21, 1980
He turned 16 on this day in 1996.

Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun

Born on December 21, 1983
He turned 13 on this day in 1996.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 21, 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 21, 1996 was most likely conceived around March 30, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 21, 1996 is close to September 13, 1997.

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Stats for December 21, 1996


Here are some interesting statistics about December 21, 1996:

  • 10,043 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,434 weeks have passed.
  • 867,711,600 seconds have passed since December 21, 1996.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,012,330,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 447,739,185,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 144,618,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 74,623,198 steps. That's roughly 33,166 miles.
  • 10,412,539 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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