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Rick Houghton

A Look Back at 1996

Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden banned imports of British beef as cases of BSE were discovered in humans. Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson who then married Debbie Rowe, other divorces included Charles and Diana and Fergie and Andrew. 'Swampy' became famous at the scene of the Newbury Bypass.


Spice Girls went to No.1 for seven weeks with their debut single, Wannabe. What many predicted - and hoped - would be a one-hit wonder in fact heralded the start of Girl Power, complete with hard-drinking, power-undressing laddettes, fashion pregnancy and stack heels.


Three Lions - Football-mad comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner joined forces with Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds to produce a masterpiece for the England Euro '96 squad.



Toy Story - Woody, a pull-string cowboy, is little Andy's favourite toy. That is until Buzz Lightyear, high-tech space ranger, comes along, with his annoying catchphrase 'To Infinity and Beyond'. Romeo and Juliet - The opposing Montague and Capulet teenagers ride around in hip cars with rap music blaring, carry handguns, and have parties at beachfront mansions. Like, cool dude! The film gave Leonardo DiCaprio his first real taste of the limelight and briefly enabled schoolteachers to get their classes to read Shakespeare



TFI Friday - It was an anarchic, unscripted ramble through new-laddishness and celebrity gossip with a supernatural ability to feature stars just as they were at their hottest. Jarvis Cocker appeared the night after his "mooning" of Michael Jackson at The Brits, Robbie Williams after his split from Take That, and Gazza after his axing from the England squad. Airport - The fly-on-the-wall series followed a handful of passengers and staff based at Heathrow airport, including the animal reception centre which handles all animals arriving and departing through the airport, the ambulance, fire and police services serving the airport, customs and immigration and resident press Russell and Steve.



To Infinity and Beyond - Buzz Lightyear is on the job, protecting the galaxy from alien invasion! With his new attack pack and high-tech targeting visor, he’s ready to patrol the universe – starting with Andy’s room.It was the year England went football crazy and the shops were full of Euro 96 merchandise. From shirts, to pens, mugs to footballs, everything had a Euro 96 logo on it.