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20 Things You'll Refuse To Believe Are 20 Years Old This Year

Feeling ancient yet?

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1. We've been asking, "Isn't it ironic?" for a good 20 years now.

Thank you for the memories, Alanis, and for confusing us about the proper use of irony.
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Thank you for the memories, Alanis, and for confusing us about the proper use of irony.

2. The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" is officially 20 years old.

3. British actress Sophie Turner is another starlet to reach the big 2-0.

She's been portraying Sansa Stark since she was an itty-bitty 14.
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She's been portraying Sansa Stark since she was an itty-bitty 14.

4. Speaking of Westeros, can you believe that the first book of the series, A Game of Thrones, was published in August 1996?!

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5. It's been 20 whole years since Bill "The Comeback Kid" Clinton's second successful U.S. presidential campaign, when he was re-elected against the odds.

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6. Oasis's iconic album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? ended its 10-week streak at the top of the charts at the start of 1996.

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It also won the Brit Award for Best British Album two whole decades ago.

7. The same Brit Awards where Jarvis Cocker took it upon himself to flash his bottom during Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song".

Iconic. Legendary. But also NSFW.
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Iconic. Legendary. But also NSFW.

8. September marks the 20th anniversary of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur's death.

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9. Songstress Lorde turns 20 in November.

Remember when she released "Royals"? Yep, she was just 16. Digest that.
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Remember when she released "Royals"? Yep, she was just 16. Digest that.

10. And it's been 20 years since Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal!

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11. GM food products have now officially been sold in the UK for 20 years.

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The first genetically modified product on sale in 1996 was tomato puree.

12. DVDs? Yep, they've been around for 20 years.

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13. We've been doing the "Macarena" for two decades now, and it's still not old.

14. It's been 20 years since "football came home", and the nation was gripped with football fever...until England drew 1–1 to Germany in the semi-final and missed out on the title.

So close. So, so close.
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So close. So, so close.

15. Remember that Japanese games console we spent our lives on playing with little Italian plumbers? Yep, the Nintendo 64 is 20 as well.

16. And your favourite game, Pokemon, turned 20 in February.

17. 1996 was a year for royal divorces, including Princess Diana and Prince Charles. But here's a picture of Harry and William to make you smile instead.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also divorced that year.
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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also divorced that year.

18. Die-hard fans will know that February marked the 20th anniversary of the first disbandment of Take That.

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19. Remember when Leo and Claire broke our hearts playing the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet? Yep, that was also 20 YEARS AGO.

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20. And finally, the world's largest search engine was born in January 1996 as a mere research project at Stanford University.

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Try and wrap your minds around that. Just try.

You'll never guess what else is turning 20 this year...Independence Day! Hard to believe, right? If you loved the last film, make sure to catch the next installment, Independence Day: Resurgence, in cinemas 23 June.

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