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Throwback Thursday – 1996

So why did I choose 1996 as my first Throwback Thursday year? Honestly, I don’t know, it was a bit random. But also I wanted to pick a year that I personally have some connection to. Nothing super exciting happened for me in 1996 but I was a Freshman in High school that year and it was a bit of a “coming of age” year for me. So here are a few things you may remember from 1996


1) Romeo + Juliet – This was the year that Leonardo DiCaprio’s version of Romeo + Juliet came out. It wasn’t a particularly good mive by any means, but it’s a movie that I think any girl between the ages of 13 and 23 probably saw. I don’t remember much about the actual movie but I will never forget that moment in our English class when the teacher decided to show it without pre-screening it first. Needless to say when a certain scene came on I had never seen her jump up so fast and she was a bit red in the face as she was trying to block the screen. Oops.


2) Wannabe – Spice girls released their first number 1, Wannabe. There was definitely better music released that year but this is one of those songs that everyone knew the words to and it would get stuck in your head for days whether you wanted it to or not.


3) Computers – Around this time, in a 12 month period, the number of Internet host computers went from 1 million to 10 million. This year was the first year that many families had a computer in their home.

4) Cloning – in July of 1996 Dolly the Sheep became the first mammal to be successfully cloned leading to much controversy over the subject.


5) Summer olympics in Atlata – This was probably the first year I really watched the olympics. Mostly gymnastics. I had never paid any attention to gymnastics a day in my life but I still watched the “Magnificent Seven” with awe with the rest of the world. Team members were Shannon MillerDominique MoceanuDominique DawesKerri StrugAmy ChowAmanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps


What are some of the things that you remember from your Freshman year in High School?


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  1. Heather Lawrence

    wow… 1996 I had a 1-year-old. New to parenting, trying to figure out how to make ends meet and live away from my folks.
    Crazy to think how long ago that was!!

  2. Deborah Anderson

    I love your idea of having a throwback year. I didn’t know all of these things about 1996. Similar to Heather, that was around the time I was starting the parenting thing and now my son is becoming his own young community leader. Wow, things do change and they are based on some of what was accomplished in these throwback years. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Emily

    Oh wow, this took me back! I was obsessed with the Romeo and Juliet movie, and really anything Leonardo Dicaprio 🙂 I also wanted to become a gymnast after that amazing Olympics.

  4. Ashley

    Wannabe was my favorite song when it came out. And yes I adored Leo in Romeo and Juliet!

  5. Brandi Crawford

    Oh my goodness! I feel so old reading this throwback post lol. What a wonderful trip down memory lane. Can’t believe Romeo + Juliet was that long ago.

  6. Melanie

    Pop music wasn’t really my thing in high school, but the Spice Girls were my guilty pleasure. Actually I never felt guilty about them. ’96 was a good year!

  7. Amy Cape Cod Moms

    Gosh I remember the old school computers. It is crazy how far we have come in such a short period of time. My favorite movie as a teen was DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet too.

  8. Louise

    I loved 1996! Romeo & Juliet was one of my fave films as a teenager. I knew it word for word! LOL

    Louise x


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