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1996


Jan
12
Release: Bio-DomeThe film Bio-Dome is released (1996)Top 10 Worst Comedy Movies
Top 10 Worst Movies of All Time

19
Release: From Dusk till DawnThe film From Dusk till Dawn is released (1996)Top 10 Creative Horror Movie Weapons
Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Scenes

25
Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the U.S.Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America (1996)The History of Capital Punishment in the United States

31
The TV series Dragon Ball Z endsThe TV series Dragon Ball Z airs its last episode (1996)Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains
Top 10 Anime Anti-Heroes
Top 10 Anime Powers We Wish Were Real
Top 10 Anime Series

Feb
2
Death of Gene KellyDeath of Gene Kelly (1996)Top 10 Actors Recreated With Special Effects

10
IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time (1996)The History of IBM: the Personal Computer to Watson

13
Release: All Eyez on Me is releasedAll Eyez on Me is released (1996)Top 10 Tupac Songs

13
The Score by the Fugees is releasedThe Fugees' second album, The Score, is releasedTop 10 Rap Groups and Crews

16
Release: Happy GilmoreThe film Happy Gilmore is released (1996)Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1990s
Top 10 Comedy Movie Clichés
Top 10 Movie Rants
Top 10 Hilarious Ben Stiller Moments

16
Release: Muppet Treasure IslandThe film Muppet Treasure Island is released (1996)Top 10 Movie Treasure Hunters
Top 10 Fictional Islands in Movies and TV

22
NASA's STS-75 mission, which included the Tether Incident, beganNASA's STS-75 mission, which included the Tether Incident, began (1996)Top 10 UFO Sightings

23
Release: Mary ReillyThe film Mary Reilly is released (1996)Top 10 Split Personality Movie Characters

23
Release: TrainspottingThe film Trainspotting is released (1988)Top 10 Scariest Scenes From Non-Horror Movies
Top 10 Modern Movie Soundtracks Guys Love
Top 10 Dark Comedy Movies
Top 10 Movie Narrations

27
Debut of Pokemon Red and Green for the Nintendo Gameboy.Debut of Pokemon Red and Green for the Nintendo Gameboy. These were the first two games in the series and began the Pokemon video game franchise.Top 10 Video Game Glitches

Mar
8
Release: The BirdcageThe film The Birdcage is released (1996)Top 10 Greatest Cross-Dressing Movie Roles
Top 10 Robin Williams Performances

8
Release: Theatrical release of 'Fargo'.Theatrical release of 'Fargo'. This book adaptation by the Coen brothers starred Frances McDormand as Police Chief Marge Grunderson.Top 10 Coen Brothers Movies
Top 10 Dark Comedy Movies
Top 10 Women Cops From Film

13
The Dunblane school massacre takes place.Thomas Hamilton kills 17 at a mass shooting in Scotland.Top 10 Infamous Mass Shootings Outside the U.S.

15
Release: Executive DecisionThe film Executive Decision is released (1996)Top 10 Greatest Airplane Movies

22
Resident Evil is releasedRelease of the Resident Evil by Capcom. This first instalment was released for the original Playstation and spawned a long running zombie series (1996)Top 10 Resident Evil Moments
Top 10 Zombie Video Game Experiences

24
The Simpsons' episode A FIsh Called Selma first airsThe Simpsons' episode A FIsh Called Selma first airs (1996)Top 10 Simpsons Episodes

28
Release: The Green MileThe first volume of the Stephen King novel The Green Mile is released (1996)Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations

Apr
3
Primal FearThe film Primal Fear is released (1996)Top 10 Acting Debuts in Movies
Top 10 Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

3
Suspected Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is arrestedSuspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his cabin in Montana, United States (1996)Top 10 Infamous Bombings

12
Release: FearThe film Fear is released (1996)Top 10 Best Mark Wahlberg Performances
Top 10 Sexy Movie Scenes

12
Release: James and the Giant PeachThe film James and the Giant Peach is released (1996)Top 10 Stop-Motion Animation Movies

15
Release: Release of Don't Speak by No DoubtRelease of Don't Speak by No Doubt (1996)Top 10 Sad Breakup Songs

28
The Port Arthur massacre takes place.Martin Bryant kills 35 at a mass shooting in Tasmania.Top 10 Infamous Mass Shootings Outside the U.S.

29
Rent opens on Broadway'Rent' musical opens on Broadway at the Nederlander TheatreTop 10 Broadway Musicals

May
1
Comic book debut of Onslaught.Comic book debut of Onslaught. The character arrived in X-Man #15, becoming a major force to be reckoned from, culled from the combined energies of Magneto and Professor Xavier.Supervillain Origins: Onslaught

11
The TV show Captain Planet and the Planeteers airs its last episodeThe TV show Captain Planet and the Planeteers airs its last episode (1996)Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Show Theme Songs

16
The TV series Murder, She Wrote airs its last episodeThe TV series Murder, She Wrote airs its last episode (1996)Top 10 TV Detectives

20
The TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air airs its last episodeThe TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air airs its last episode (1996)Top 10 TV Families
Top 10 Butlers from TV and Film
Top 10 TV Replacement Characters
Top 10 TV Theme Songs (with Words)

22
Mission: ImpossibleThe film Mission: Impossible is released (1996)Top 10 Spy Movies
Top 10 Movie Hackers
Top 10 Best Blockbuster Movie Franchises
Top 10 Best Movies Based on a TV Series
Top 10 Movie Train Fights

31
Release: Dragonheart is releasedDragonheart is released (1996).Top 10 Dragons from Movies and TV

Jun
4
Release: Hit Em Up by 2PacHit Em Up by 2Pac (1996)Top 10 Rap Diss Tracks

7
Release: The RockThe film The Rock is released (1996)Top 10 Action Movies of the 1990s
Top 10 Best Sean Connery Performances
Top 10 Ferraris from Movies and TV

15
Death of Ella FitzgeraldDeath of Ella Fitzgerald (1996)Top 10 Female Vocalists

16
Release: The Cable GuyThe film The Cable Guy is released (1996)Top 10 Hilarious Jim Carrey Moments

18
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is indicted on ten criminal counts Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts (1996)Top 10 Infamous Bombings

21
Release: The Hunchback of Notre-DameThe film The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is released (1996)Top 10 Animated Disney Villains
Top 10 Darkest and Scariest Disney Moments

21
Release: Theatrical release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.Theatrical release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This American animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation (1996)Top 10 Disney Villain Songs
Top 10 Disfigured Movie Characters

25
Release: Jay-Z's debut, Reasonable Doubt, is releasedJay-Z's debut album, "Reasonable Doubt," is releasedTop 10 Greatest Rap Debut Albums

28
Release: The Nutty ProfessorThe film The Nutty Professor is released (1996)Top 10 Character Transformations in Movies
Top 10 Split Personality Movie Characters
Top 10 Mad Scientists

28
Theatrical release of 'Striptease'.Theatrical release of 'Striptease'. This filmed starred Demi Moore as a former FBI secretary who becomes a stripper to afford her custody battle for her daughter.Top 10 Movie Stripteases

Jul
2
Release: Independence DayThe film Independence Day is released (1996)Top 10 Aerial Movie Dogfights

2
Release: Independence Day is releasedThe film Independence Day is released to theaters (1996)Top 10 City Destruction Scenes in Movies
Top 10 Movie Battle Speeches
Top 10 Movie Hillbillies
Top 10 Fictional Movie Presidents

9
Release: LeAnn Rimes' first album, Blue, is releasedLeAnn Rimes' first album, 'Blue,' is releasedTop 10 Reality Talent Show Acts

17
TWA Flight 800 explodes mid-flightTWA Flight 800 explodes mid-flight on its way to Europe (1996)Top 10 Aviation Mysteries

24
Release: A Time to KillThe film A Time to Kill is released (1996)Top 10 Matthew McConaughey Performances (REDUX)

30
Release: Sublime's third and last self-titled album is releasedSublime's third and last self-titled album is released after the death of singer Bradley Nowell. It was their most successful album.Top 10 Ska Bands

Aug
9
Release: JackThe film Jack is released (1996)Top 10 Embarrassing Movies by Critically Acclaimed Directors

20
Release: PonyThe song Pony by Ginuwine is released (1996)Top 10 Lovemaking Songs

23
Release: The Island of Dr. MoreauThe film The Island of Dr. Moreau is released (1996)Top 10 Fictional Islands in Movies and TV

Sep
2
Release: Arthur debutsArthur debuts (1996)Top 10 TV Brats

6
Release: Mighty Ducks TV series debutsMighty Ducks TV series debuts (1996)Top 10 Hated Disney Animated Shows

7
Tupac Shakur is fatally shotAmerican Hip-Hop star Tupac Shakur is fatally shot four times on the Las Vegas strip after leaving the Tyson-Seldon boxing match (1996)The Life and Career of Tupac

13
Death of Tupac ShakurDeath of Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (1996)Top 10 Tupac Songs
Top 10 Memorable Grammy Snubs
Top 10 Rap Acts of All Time
Top 10 Hip-Hop Feuds and Rivalries
Top 10 Posthumous Movie Performances
The Life and Career of Tupac
Top 10 Rappers and Hip Hop Artists
Top 10 Unsolved Murder Mysteries
2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.: Music Showdown
Top 10 Most Shocking Music Myths
Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon
Top 10 Dead People Rumored to be Alive

13
The TV series Everybody Loves Raymond airs its first episodeThe TV series Everybody Loves Raymond airs its first episode (1996)Top 10 Married Sitcom Couples

16
Anniversary of Super Mario 64Anniversary of Super Mario 64, which brought the dawn of 3D action games, which in turn brought forth a new era of glitches.Another Top 10 Video Game Glitches

16
Release of 'Beast Wars: Transformers'.Release of 'Beast Wars: Transformers'. This computer animated series brought the Transformers franchise back in the spotlight with all-new characters within the same continuity as Generation 1.Top 10 Cartoons of the 1990s

17
Release: The TV series Spin City airs its first episodeThe TV series Spin City airs its first episode (1996)Top 10 TV Replacement Characters

26
North American release of Super Mario 64.North American release of Super Mario 64. This entry in the popular platforming series brought Mario into the third dimension with the release of the Nintendo 64. Top 10 Mario Games
Top 10 Spooky Levels in Non-Horror Games

27
Roberto Alomar and the Spitting IncidentRoberto Alomar and the Spitting Incident (1996).Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports

27
The TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airs its first episodeThe TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airs its first episode (1996)Top 10 Fantasy Shows

29
North American debut of the Nintendo 64. North American debut of the Nintendo 64. This fifth generation gaming console made major leaps for gaming, introducing analog control and rumble feedback.Top 10 N64 Games
Top 10 Gaming Milestones
Top 10 Video Game Consoles

Oct
9
Game 1 of the 1996 MLB ALCSThe New York Yankees face the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS, where fan Jeffrey Maier controversially catches a Derek Jeter hit (1996)Top 10 Controversial Calls in Sports History

15
Release: Cake song The DistanceCake song The DistanceTop 10 Artists Whose Songs Sound the Same

15
Release: Korn album Life is Peachy is releasedKorn album Life is Peachy is released (1996).Another Top 10 Controversial Music Videos

18
Release: SwingersThe film Swingers is released (1996)Top 10 Coolest Movie Characters

25
Release: Release of 'Tomb Raider.'Release of 'Tomb Raider.' The debut of the video game character Lara Croft who later became one of the most iconic female protagonists in Video GamesTop 10 Video Game Myths

25
Release: Release of Tomb Raider. The game that marked the debut of one of the most iconic female protagonists Lara Croft.Top 10 Female Protagonists in Video Games

25
Release: ThinnerThe film Thinner is released (1996)Top 10 Least Scary Horror Movies

Nov
1
Release: Bad MoonThe film Bad Moon is released (1996)Top 10 Werewolf Movies (REDUX)

1
Release: Romeo JulietThe film Romeo Juliet is released (1996)Top 10 Movie Suicides

2
The TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs its last episodeThe TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs its last episode (1996)Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Show Theme Songs

3
Release: Primal FearThe film Primal Fear is released (1996)Top 10 Movie Lawyers

3
The Simpsons' episode You Only Move Twice first airsThe Simpsons' episode You Only Move Twice first airs (1996)Top 10 Simpsons Episodes

5
Release: Release of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day TheoryRelease of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory by 2Pac as Makaveli (1996)Top 10 Posthumous Albums

6
Release: The English PatientThe film The English Patient is released (1996)Top 10 Overrated Movies

14
Last episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show airsLast episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show airs (1996)Top 10 Adult Cartoons

15
Release: The English PatientThe film The English Patient is released (1996)Top 10 Bad Movies That Were Successful
Top 10 Worst Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies

27
Release: 101 DalmatiansThe film 101 Dalmatians is released (1996)Top 10 Evil Movie Laughs

Dec
7
The first Celebrity Jeopardy skit airs on Saturday Night LiveThe first Celebrity Jeopardy skit airs on Saturday Night Live (1996)Top 10 Saturday Night Live Sketches

11
Birthday of Hailee SteinfeldBirthday of Hailee Steinfeld (1996)Top 10 Acting Debuts in Movies

13
Release: Mars Attacks!The film Mars Attacks! is released (1996)Top 10 Tim Burton Movies
Top 10 Fictional Movie Presidents
Top 10 City Destruction Scenes in Movies

20
Death of Carl SaganDeath of Carl Sagan (1996)Top 10 Nerd Icons

20
Release: Scream is releasedThe film Scream is released (1996)Top 10 Best Horror Movie Masks
Top 10 Real-Life Crimes Inspired by Movies and TV
Top 10 Horror Movie Clichés

25
Death of JonBenet Ramsey.Death of JonBenet Ramsey. She was an American child beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado.Top 10 Unsolved Murder Mysteries

25
Release: MichaelThe film Michael is released (1996)Top 10 Movie Angels