How many years ago was 1996?

1996 was 28 years ago.

28 years have passed between May 25th, 1996, and May 25th, 2024. It was 10,227 days ago.

How long ago was 1996?

To put into perspective how long ago 1996 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1996 are now 41–47 years old.
  • Two decades have passed since then.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Most people in 1996 didn't have a cellphone.
  • High-definition televisions weren't a thing back then.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • Harry Potter did not exist.
  • Lady Diana was still alive.
  • CDs were relatively new at the time.
  • Google didn't exist.
  • Same-sex marriage wasn't legal in the United States.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places, as GPS navigation systems for vehicles did not become available until 2001.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 42 inches since 1996.
  • There have been roughly 1,456 weekends since then.
  • Names such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, J. K. Rowling, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Osama bin Laden, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Usher, Matt Damon, and Daft Punk were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion, "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey, "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "California Love" by 2Pac ft Dr. Dre, and "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton.
  • Films such as "12 Monkeys", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Mr. Holland's Opus", "Black Sheep", "Broken Arrow (1996)", and "Rumble in the Bronx" were playing at movie theaters in 1996.
  • Bill Clinton was still the President of the United States.
  • The Earth has travelled 126 billion miles through space since 1996.
  • Wi-Fi wasn't a thing. Most people still had dial-up Internet access.
  • Texting was not really popular yet.
  • Red Bull wasn't available in the United States.
  • Actor Chris Farley was still alive.
  • Video games such as "Resident Evil", "Quake", "Diablo", "Tomb Raider", "Crash Bandicoot", and "Die Hard Trilogy" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 70 centimeters since 1996.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 56–84 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 112 seasons of weather.
  • Michael Jordan was still playing for the Chicago Bulls.
  • USB flash drives didn't exist.
  • "3rd Rock from the Sun", "Everybody Loves Raymond", and "7th Heaven" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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