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Reminder: This Was Life In 1996

These were some of the biggest things two decades ago!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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...

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

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16. TGIF's lineup looked like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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And we all believed we could fly.

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