1. The Spice Girls Had Their First Hit Single
In 1996, The Spice Girls had their first number 1 hit with the single “Wannabe.” Sixteen years later, they reunited at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
2. You Got Your First Email Account
Email has come a long way in the last 16 years. Outlook.com is a preview of a free, modern email service from Microsoft. It has a familiar name and a fresh, modern design. Outlook.com makes your email richer by connecting to Facebook and Twitter and helps you be productive with Office and SkyDrive. Because email is personal, Outlook also helps keep you in control of your private data.
3. Jay-Z Released His Debut Album “Reasonable Doubt”
In 1996, Jay- Z released his debut album, “Reasonable Doubt.” Sixteen years later, he is one of the world’s top selling artists, with over 50 million albums sold to date.
4. Overalls Were All The Rage
In 1996, overalls were all the rage. Sixteen years later, male celebs have been caught sporting something even more ridiculous…UGGs®.
5. Many Web Pages Looked Like This
In 1996, web page design was a nightmare in the absence of easy-to-use web design software and few people could do it. Sixteen years later, we’ve seen huge advancements in website design.
6. Brett Favre Won His Second Most Valuable Player Award
In 1996, Favre led the Packers to their best season in 30 years, winning his second consecutive MVP award in the process. Sixteen years later, in August 2012, he made his high school coaching debut with the Oak Grove (Mississippi) High School football team.
7. Dolly The Sheep Had Just Been Born
In 1996, Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell. Sixteen years later, people are able to clone their deceased pets through a commercial cloning services.
8. Independence Day Was The Top Grossing Film
In 1996, Independence Day was the top grossing film of the year. Sixteen years later, the top spot now belongs to The Avengers.
9. The New York Times Had Just Launched Their Website
When the New York Times first launched their website in 1996, this was the original layout. Sixteen years later, the website has about 35.5 million monthly viewers.
10. Jerry Maguire Was Released
In 1996, Jerry Maguire starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and young Jonathan Lipnicki was released in theaters. Sixteen years later, this is what Jonathan looks like today.
11. The “Dancing Baby” Became One Of The First Internet Phenomenon
The dancing baby aka “Baby Cha-Cha” refers to a 3D animation of a baby dancing for several seconds. In 1996, the video became one of the earliest examples of a viral hit. Sixteen years later, Nyan Cat hit the scene.
12. NASA Had Just Launched The Mars Global Surveyor
In 1996, The Mars Global Surveyor was launched with the mission of examining Mars for a full Martian year, roughly two Earth years. On August 6th, 2012, Sixteen years later, NASA successfully landed Curiosity, the largest Mars rover yet, in Mars’ Gale Crater.