1996 in history

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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1996

  • 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 are created.

  • Braveheart won five awards at the Oscars, including Best Director for Mel Gibson and Best Picture.

  • Beanie Babies were the must-have toy.

  • 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.

  • 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 RĂșn 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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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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