1996 in history
Here are some light-hearted facts about 1996, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1996.
I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1996 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1996 in Britain too.
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Ask Jeeves was formed. Nine years later Jeeves was sacked as it became Ask.
Fargo, Trainspotting, Scream, Michael Collins, Mission Improssible, Independence Day, The Cable Guy and The Nutty Professor were released - good for audio.
DVDs were created.
Braveheart won five awards at the Oscars, including Best Director for Mel Gibson and Best Picture.
Beanie Babies were the must-have toy [NB: they had been on sale for a few years by now, but were really starting to take hold].
Boyband Take That split up.
Nelson Mandela visited the UK.
Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born in Scotland. She was named after Dolly Parton.
PJ & Duncan re-branded to form The Ant & Dec Show. The BAFTA-winning children's show featured a game called Beat the Barber, where wrong answers caused the child contestant to get their head shaved. Hundreds of complaints were received when a girl took part, but she later said she found it funny, and even agreed to do it again 20 years later!
Hey Arnold!, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Changing Rooms, Ballykissangel and Sabrina the Teenage Witch were new on TV.
At a Chicago zoo, a 3-year-old boy fell into the 20-foot deep gorilla enclosure. Binti Jua, a female lowland gorilla sat with the injured boy until he was rescued.
The UK driving theory test was introduced as a written exam.
In Sweden, McDonald's launched a drive thru restaurant for people on skis. Called McSki, it saved diners from having to take their ski gear off.
Subway opened its first British store in Brighton.
Jarvis Cocker from Pulp invaded the stage at the Brit Awards during a performance of Earth Song by Michael Jackson and mooned the TV cameras.
The Olympic Games were held in Atlanta.
Eimear Quinn won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland, with The Voice.
Ireland's first Irish language television station, Teilifís na Gaeilge, was launched. Grainne Seoige was the newsreader. Ros na Rún is its longest-running program.
While these facts about 1996 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.
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