We hate to make you feel old, but 20 years ago the year was 1996. Doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? Many great forms of entertainment, products and people turn 20 in 2016. If you don’t mind, let’s take a trip down memory lane on this Throwback Thursday to remember some of our favorite things that came about in 1996.

1. Pokemon

Remember when, in the days before smartphones and Candy Crush, people used to bring their Gameboys everywhere just in case they had some spare time to play a game? One of the most popular games for the Gameboy, Pokemon, turns 20 in 2016. “Pokemon Red,” “Green,” and “Blue” were all released in 1996.

2. Nintendo 64

1996 was a big year for Nintendo. Not only was Pokemon released for the Gameboy, but the staple of every sleepover in 1996, the Nintendo 64, also debuted. Anyone up for some “Mario Party?”

3. Abigail Breslin

Every now and then, there is a child actor who seems to be in at least every other movie you watch. In the early 2000s, that little actress was Abigail Breslin. From her first movie, “Signs” to “Little Miss Sunshine,” we watched her grow up onscreen. Believe it or not, Breslin turns 20 in 2016.

4. “Harriet the Spy” 

What 90s kid didn’t watch “Harriet the Spy” a bazillion times growing up? The film was actually Nickelodeon’s first feature film to be released in theaters. Harriet made every kid wish they grew up next door to a lady like Ole (played by Rosie O’Donnell) and had one of those nifty tool belts.

5. “Matilda” 

Mara Wilson, the girl who played Matilda, was another one of those child stars that starred in a ton of movies in the 90s. “Matilda” was one of her most memorable roles. “Matilda” turns 20 in 2016, while Wilson turns 29!

6. We Discovered Leonardo DiCaprio

Although Leonardo DiCaprio had been acting for years prior to 1996, teenage girls’ hearts first throbbed for him after seeing him play the title character in “Romeo + Juliet.” Of course, only a year later, the entire world would take note of DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in “Titanic.”

7. FOX News

Amazingly, FOX News only turns 20 in 2016. The first news broadcast aired on that channel in October 1996. It’s hard to believe just 20 years has provided the Internet and comedians with so much great material.

8. Bill Clinton Begins Second Term

It was 20 years ago, in November 1996, that President Bill Clinton was about to begin his second term as POTUS. Now, in 2016, his wife, Hillary, is on the campaign trail with hopes of taking her husband’s former gig.

9. Tupac Shakur Dies

Although stories still pop up every now and then claiming Tupac is alive and well, the 20 year anniversary of his death is this year. The rapper was shot in Las Vegas after a Mike Tyson fight.

10. Spice Girls Release “Wannabe”

It was in 1996 when all teenage girls learned the valuable lesson that if you wanted to be their lover, you needed to get with their friends. Thank you, Spice Girls, for teaching us all we ever needed to know about love with a catchy beat to boot.


What’s your favorite memory from 1996?




Kirstin Wright
Kirstin Wright
Kirstin is an IT worker by day and a freelance writer by night. When not behind a computer screen, she can be found exploring one of central Florida's famous theme parks or embarking on a new adventure. You can read about her adventures at Fun Orlando Ideas!