Reminder: This Was Life In 1996

    These were some of the biggest things two decades ago!

    1. Independence Day was the biggest movie of the year, while The Nutty Professor and Mission: Impossible were among the 10 highest-grossing films of the year.

    2. JTT was the biggest teen heartthrob around...

    3. ...while Denzel Washington was People's "Sexiest Man Alive."

    4. The Daily Show first aired with Craig Kilborn as host.

    5. Rosie O'Donnell became the "Queen of Nice" after launching her afternoon talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

    6. Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

    7. Oprah launched her book club and picked Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean as her first selection.

    8. Nintendo 64 was first released...

    9. ...and so were Tamagotchis.

    10. Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill was the best-selling album of the year.

    11. Jay Z, the Spice Girls, and the Backstreet Boys all dropped their debut albums.

    12. Los Del Rio had the biggest song of the year with "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)." It was also the biggest culture fad of the year.

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    13. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" spent 12 consecutive weeks (16 all together, including four weeks in 1995) at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is still the record.

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    14. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Adventures of Pete & Pete both aired their final episodes...

    15. ...while Nickelodeon -- which at the time was the most-watched basic cable channel -- began airing Kenan & Kel, Blue's Clues, and Hey Arnold.

    16. TGIF's lineup looked like this:

    17. Tickle Me Elmo was the MUST-HAVE Christmas gift of the year.

    18. Dolly the Sheep became the first mammal ever cloned.

    19. AOL was the biggest website around, and only about 20 million people had access to the internet.

    20. Mulder and Scully (aka David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) were TV's most shipped couple.

    21. And finally, Michael Jordan made his cinematic debut in a little movie called Space Jam.