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Bill Clinton defeated Republican challenger Bob Dole, winning a second term. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Ask Jeeves was launched - forever changing the way kids researched for homework assignments (AP Photo)
Who needed a real dog, when you could have a Tamagotchi digital pet! (AP Photo)
Goodbye carbs - hello Atkins diet (AP Photo)
Meanwhile, Mad Cow disease hits Britain, which led to the slaughter of thousands of cows (AP photo)
The FDA approved olestra as a food additive. Time Magazine later listed it among the 50 worst inventions. According to Time, "Side effects included cramps, gas and loose bowels." Eww (AP Photo)
Kids were busy collecting these... (AP Photo)
It was a really great year for movies...
With Braveheart bringing home the Oscar for Best Picture
Ross and Rachel broke up on Friends. Ross said, "they were on a break" (Photo: WIkicommons)
Stussy shirts were all the rage! Other trends included flannel shirts, baggy pants, chunky shoes - especially Doc Martins, baby doll dresses, knee highs, baby barrettes, mini backpacks and using lunch boxes as purses.
USA - USA - We won our first gold medal in gymnastics with help from injured Kerri Strug! (AP Photo)
Unabomber suspect,Ted Kaczynski, was detained in Montana
To the delight of women around the country, Oprah launched her book club (AP Photo)
Girls starting keeping their secrets in electronic diaries.
Bret Favre was the man! He threw for a record 39TDs in a season.
The 90's girl athem - "If you wanna be my lover - you gotta get with my friends!"
Hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur was gunned down in a drive-by in Vegas (AP photo)
In local news - the Oakland School District made a controversial decision to recognize the legitimacy of Ebonics
And Mare Island Navel Shipyard official closed it's gates after 142 years of service because of downsizing of the military.
Tiger Woods was just starting out - it was his first year as a professional golfer. He was named 'Sports Illustrated's' 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. (AP photo)
A favorite California pasttime became legal - Prop 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allowed marijuana for personal medical use. (AP photo).
You probably knew beeper codes like '41' meant call me... and you knew never to text '911' unless it was a true emergency. Hopefully you had a quarter for the pay phone!
The end was near for VHS - as the first DVD player was created in Japan (AP)
'Everybody Loves Raymond' premiered
And these were some of the top shows - complete with commercials. Tivo didn't come out until '99!
Crazy, Sexy, Cool - "Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls" hit number 1
And you could pick up their single at Tower Records (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Back to Apple - Steve Jobs returns home (AP photo)
All eyes were on the Chicago Bulls as they made history, setting a new record with their 70th win (AP photo)
Tickle Me Elmo came out of nowhere to quickly became the hottest toy - prompting stampedes and injuries to eager parents
Hulk Hogan became a villain and forms the New World Order (AP photo)
Shaking up the royal family, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially divorced (AP photo)
You've Got Mail! You probably chatted with your friends, and possibly strangers... on AOL instant messenger (AP photo)
You could never have too many - these little collectibles were reaching their peak of popularity
O.J. Simpson wasn't off the hook yet as his civil trial began (AP photo)
The Summer Olympics took place in Atlanta
Tragically, a bombing there killed two people and injured 111 others. (AP photo)
Couples had just started meeting here
The Menendez brothers captured the nation's attention - Lyle and Erik Menendez were found guilty in Los Angeles of first-degree murder of their wealthy parents.
TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing everyone on board. (AP Photo/ POOL)
The first mammal was successfully cloned as the world was introduced to "Dolly the sheep" (AP photo)
And Dennis Richmond and Leslie Griffith were keeping everyone informed on the news of '96 as they anchored the evening news on KTVU!