This Is What Summer Looked Like 20 Years Ago

It was the summer that gave us Harry Potter, Netflix, and hope about the new Stars Wars film.

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1. The Spice Girls were one of the biggest acts in the world and appeared on their iconic Rolling Stone cover.

4. Friends wrapped up its third season with "The One at the Beach."

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The show was one of the main anchors of NBC's "Must-See TV," alongside Seinfeld and E.R. The Single Guy and Suddenly Susan were also part of the block.

6. South Park debuted its very first episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe."

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The creators of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, created their first short with the characters five years earlier, in 1992, when they were students at the University of Colorado.

9. Nude photos of Brad Pitt (taken by paparazzi in the 1995) were published in Playgirl.

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Brad ended up suing and winning a restraining order against the magazine over invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress. The magazine would end up stopping reprints of the issue.

27. Fox and Pepsi sponsored a give-away of a perfect replica of the Simpson's house that was built in Henderson, Nevada.

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The house was also completely decorated inside with items of furniture designed like the ones seen on the show.

30. Filming began on The Phantom Menace and hype for the long-awaited prequels was in full ~force~.

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George Lucas had actually begun writing the script for Phantom Menace three years earlier, in 1994.