The following events occurred in 1996.

Paper money

Denomination/series year Prevalence
$1-A (1994)
Series 1993 $1

About 58% as of January 1, 1996; less than 1% after November 1996

$1-A (1998)
Series 1995 $1

About 40% as of January 1, 1996; at least 99% as of December 31, 1996

All $1 bills printed from August through December 1995 remained in circulation all year.

$2-F (1996)
Series 1995 $2

Until 1996, all $2 bills were Series 1976 or older. Since then, the Western Currency Facility did all the work on making new $2 bills.

Very few of the Series 1995 bills were released to circulation this year.

$5-G (1991)
Series 1988A $5

About 22% as of January 1, 1996; less than 1% as of May 1996

$5-B (1995)
Series 1993 $5

About 47% as of January 1, 1996; about 4% as of December 31, 1996

$5-F (1995)
Series 1995 $5

About 31% as of January 1, 1996; at least 96% as of December 31, 1996

All $5 bills printed from September through December 1995 remained in circulation all year.

$10-B (1992)
Series 1990 $10

About 36% as of January 1, 1996; less than 1% as of July 1996

$10-F (1995)
Series 1993 $10

About 53% as of January 1, 1996; about 45% as of December 31, 1996 All $10 bills printed from February through December 1995 remained in circulation all year.

$10-G (1998)
Series 1995 $10

About 11% as of January 1, 1996; about 55% as of December 31, 1996

All were printed at the Western Currency Facility at Fort Worth, Texas.

$20-C (1993)
Series 1990 $20

About 17% as of January 1, 1996; less than 1% as of June 1996

$20-K (1994)
Series 1993 $20

About 77% as of January 1, 1996; about 73% as of December 31, 1996

All $20 bills printed from September 1994 (except those from San Francisco) through December 1995 remained in circulation all year.

$20-G (1996)
Series 1995 $20

About 6% as of January 1, 1996; about 27% as of December 31, 1996

All were printed at the Western Currency Facility at Fort Worth, Texas.

$50-G (1992)
Series 1990 $50

About 62% as of January 1, 1996; about 22% as of December 31, 1996

All $50 bills printed from December 1992 through May 1994 remained in circulation all year.

$50-G (1996)
Series 1993 $50

About 38% as of January 1, 1996; about 78% as of December 31, 1996

$100-G (1991)
Series 1990 $100

About 70% as of January 1, 1996; about 19% as of December 31, 1996 All $100 bills printed from December 1993 through October 1994 remained in circulation all year.

$100-I (1995)
Series 1993 $100

About 30% as of January 1, 1996; about 28% as of December 31, 1996

No $100 bills of this series were destroyed this year.



Movie industry
Walt Disney Pictures (1990)
Walt Disney Pictures
Paramount (1995)
Paramount Pictures
Universal (1991)
Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures (1993)
Columbia Pictures
20th Century Fox (1994)
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Warner Bros. Pictures (1992)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Tristar Pictures (1993)
TriStar Pictures
Touchstone Pictures (1986)
Touchstone Pictures
Terrestrial television networks
NBC logo
American Broadcasting Company Logo
PBS (1993)
PBS Kids (1993)
PBS for Kids
Fox logo
WB Network
UPN logo
Cable television networks
HBO logo
Showtime logo 1990
The Movie Channel
Cinemax logo
The Disney Channel 1986
Disney Channel
The Family Channel
The Family Channel
USA Network logo
USA Network
Nickelodeon Logo
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
TBS Superstation logo 1999
TNT logo 1999
Television production companies
Walt Disney Television (1985)
Walt Disney Television
Paramount Television (1995)
Paramount Television
Universal Television (1991)
Universal Television
Columbia Tristar Television (1994)
Columbia TriStar Television
20th Century Fox Television (1995)
20th Century Fox Television
Warner Bros. Television (1994)
Warner Bros. Television
WGBH Boston (1993)
WGBH Boston
DiC (1990)
DiC Entertainment
Britt Allcroft (1989)
The Britt Allcroft Company
KingWorld (1990)
Buena Vista Television (1995)
Buena Vista Television
Nickelodeon (1995)
Nickelodeon Productions
20th Television (1994)
20th Television
Home video industry
Walt Disney Home Video (1991)
Walt Disney Home Video
Paramount Home Video (1995)
Paramount Home Video
MCA Universal Home Video 1991
MCA/Universal Home Video
Columbia Tristar Home Video (1993)
Columbia TriStar Home Video
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (1995-A)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Warner Home Video (1993)
Warner Home Video
CIC Video (1992-B)
CIC Video
MGM-UA Home Video (1993)
MGM/UA Home Video
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (1994)
Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
Kid Vision (1994)
Kid Vision
Warner Bros. Records (1985)
Warner Bros. Records
Together Again Video Productions (1987)
Together Again Video Productions
Disney Videos (1995)
Disney Videos (international only)
Touchstone Home Video (1987)
Touchstone Pictures
Random House Home Video
Random House Home Video
Video Treasures (1995)
Video Treasures
Barney Home Video (1995)
Barney Home Video


Box office totals
1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope $322,740,142
2 The Lion King $312,855,561
3 Home Alone $285,761,243
4 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $263,835,740
5 Ghostbusters $238,632,124
6 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $222,674,266
7 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $173,585,516
8 Toy Story (as of January 1) $150,004,917
9 Pocahontas $141,579,773
10 The Mask $119,938,730
11 Hook $119,654,823
12 Ghostbusters II $112,494,738
13 The Goonies $61,389,680
14 The Aristocats $35,452,658
15 My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) $5,958,456
Non-Disney movies on VHS
Wizardofoz vhs
The Wizard of Oz
Starwars 1995vhs
Star Wars
Starwars2 1995vhs
The Empire Strikes Back
Starwars3 1995vhs
Return of the Jedi
Ghostbusters vhs
Goonies vhs
The Goonies
Ghostbusters2 vhs
Ghostbusters II
Homealone vhs
Home Alone
Hook vhs
Homealone2 vhs
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Mask vhs1
The Mask
Disney movies on VHS
Wdmc dumbo
Marypoppins 1994
Mary Poppins
Wdmc swordinthestone
The Sword in the Stone
Wdmc bedknobsandbroomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Wdmc aliceinwonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Wdmc threecaballeros
The Three Caballeros
Wdmc robinhood
Robin Hood
Wdmc petesdragon
Pete's Dragon
Wdmc sodeartomyheart
So Dear to My Heart
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
The Return of Jafar
Lionking vhs
The Lion King
A Goofy Movie
Wdmc cinderella
Disney's Sing-Along Songs
Dsas heighho(3)
Heigh Ho
Disney zipadeedoodah vhs
Dsas youcanfly(3)
You Can Fly
Dsas barenecessities(3)
The Bare Necessities
Dsas underthesea(2)
Under the Sea
Dsas disneylandfun(2)
Disneyland Fun
Dsas ilovetolaugh(2)
Dsas beourguest(2)
Be Our Guest
Dsas friendlikeme
Friend Like Me
Dsas 12daysofchristmas(2)
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Very Merry Christmas Songs
Dsas circleoflife
Circle of Life
Campout at Walt Disney World
Let's Go to the Circus!
Beach Party at Walt Disney World
Dsas colorsofthewind
Colors of the Wind


Home Alone continued airing annually on NBC.

The Wizard of Oz aired again, on May 10 on CBS.

Hook aired one last time on ABC.

Currently airing on syndication:

Fullhouse 1987

Currently airing on PBS:

Shiningtimestation logo Barney season3 Kidsongstvshow season2

Last aired on The Disney Channel:


Currently airing on Nickelodeon:

LegendsoftheHiddenTemple Allthat

Currently airing on the USA Network:

AOSTH AllStarsCartoon

Mario All Stars comprised of episodes from Super Mario Bros. Super Show and Super Mario World.

Dr. Seuss videos currently on sale:

Catinthehat 1994vhs Thelorax vhs Greeneggsandham 1994vhs Hooberbloob vhs

Kidsongs videos currently on sale:

Kidsongs1995 macdonaldsfarm Kidsongs1995 carsboatstrainsplanes Kidsongs1995 daywiththeanimals Kidsongs1995 whatiwanttobe Kidsongs1995 dayatthecircus Kidsongs1995 dayatcamp Kidsongs1995 rollercoaster Kidsongs1995 verysillysongs Kidsongs1995 christmas Kidsongs1995 playalongsongs Kidsongs1995 talktotheanimals Countrysingalong 1994vhs Kidsongs boppinwiththebiggles Kidsongs letsputonashow Kidsongs babyanimalsongs

Barney & Friends videos currently on sale:

Waitingforsanta 1993 Barneysbirthday 1993 Bestmanners Mothergoose Homesweethomes Magicalmusical Letspretendwithbarney vhs Alphabetzoo 1994 Barneylive vhscover Imaginationisland vhscover Familiesarespecial vhs Barneysafety vhs Makingnewfriends vhs Ridinginbarneyscar vhs Barneysongs vhs

Thomas & Friends videos currently on sale:

ThomasGetsTricked VHS JamesLearnsaLesson VHS TrustThomas 1995VHS ThomasGetsBumped VHS ThomasPercy&theDragon 1995VHS Daisy VHS JamesGoesBuzzBuzz VHS Percy'sGhostlyTrick VHS ThomasChristmasParty VHS RustytotheRescue VHS Thomas&theSpecialLetter VHS

All episodes from these videos came from Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Peanuts videos currently on sale:

Greatpumpkin 1996 Charliebrownthanksgiving 1996 Charliebrownchristmas 1996 Newyearcharliebrown 1996 Bemyvalentine vhs Easterbeagle 1996 Snoopy vhs1 Snoopy vhs2 Snoopy vhs3 Snoopy vhs4 Snoopy vhs5 Snoopy vhs6 Snoopy vhs7 YoureaGoodManCharlieBrownVHS2

Video Games

Gameboy logo Snes logo Sega Genesis Logo Sega Game Gear Logo Sega Saturn Logo

Game Boy and Super NES games continued for 1996, as so did Sega's Genesis, Game Gear and Saturn.

Mario (and Wario) video games currently on sale:

Sml playerschoice Sml2 Sml3 Smw playerschoice Smk Smas playerschoice Smw2

Some games were re-packaged as Player's Choice titles.

Donkey Kong video games currently on sale:

Dkc1 Dkc2

Sonic the Hedgehog video games currently on sale:

Sonicthehedgehog genesis Sonicthehedgehog2 Soniccd segacd Sonicthehedgehog3 Sonic&knuckles Sonicchaos Sonic tripletrouble Sonicdrift2

Kirby video games currently on sale:

Kirbysdreamland1992 Kirby pinball Kirbysdreamcourse Kirbysavalanche Kirbydreamland2


Albums currently on sale:

Barney album1 Barney album2 Themask mmp Lionking soundtrack Pocahontas soundtrack Toystory ost Classicdisneyvol1 Classicdisneyvol2 Wizardofoz soundtrack Kidsongs farmalbum Kidsongs carsalbum

What's new for 1996

Month unknown

Columbia Tristar Home Video (1996)

Columbia TriStar Home Video's logo was temporarily changed for 1996.

USA Network logo

The USA Network also changed its logo.


Snoopy vol8 Snoopy vol9 A Charlie Brown Celebration VHS Itsarborbay vhs

Four new Peanuts videos hit stores this month.

Allaboardforsharing vhs

All Aboard for Sharing was the last Barney Home Video title to contain one Season 3 episode, before Season 3½ began.


Thomas&HisFriendsHelpOut VHS

Thomas & His Friends Help Out was released on February 2.


Pocahontas was released on VHS on February 27.


Ghostbusters 1996vhs Ghostbusters2 1996vhs

The two Ghostbusters movies were re-released as Family Collection titles on March 12.

$100-K (1997)

The $100 bill's new design officially went into circulation on March 25. As of December 31, 1996, 53% of all $100 bills were Series 1996.

Wdmc winniethepooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh followed Pocahontas on March 26.

Campfiresingalong 1996 Barneygoestoschool 1996 Barneyinconcert 1996 Rockwithbarney 1996 Barneystalentshow

Alongside Barney's Talent Show, the first Season 3½ video, the last four Barney & the Backyard Gang videos returned to stores.



The Aristocats finally made its home video debut on April 24.



Kirby's Block Ball was the next spin-off game in the Kirby franchise.


The last Mario game for the Super NES was Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. It was also the first role-playing game in the Mario franchise.


Barney's Fun & Games was released on May 21.


Hunchback of notre dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame became Disney's 34th animated feature on June 21.

Hunchbackofnotredame soundtrack Dsas topsyturvy

To help promote the theatrical release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, there was a sing-along video titled Topsy Turvy, as well as the film's soundtrack album.

Isthisgoodbye vhs Itsanadventure vhs Goodsportcharliebrown 1996 Whathavewelearned vhs

These four Peanuts videos hit stores on June 25.



A third volume of Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic was released on audio CD and cassette, containing 25 more songs from random Disney movies, including those from recent films.

Barney2pack 1996

Barney's Exercise Circus & Parade of Numbers, when released this month, contained two Season 2 episodes.


A Homeward Bound sequel, Lost in San Francisco, hit stores on July 31.



Matilda made its theatrical debut on August 2. The film is distributed by TriStar Pictures.

Grinchgrinchescatinthehat 1996vhs Pontoffelpock vhs Grinchnight vhs

The last three Dr. Seuss specials were re-released with sing-along lyrics.

Barneys1234seasons TheGallantOldEngine VHS

Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons was released on August 6. Alongside this video was the Thomas & Friends video, The Gallant Old Engine and Other Thomas Stories.


Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the third and final installment of the trilogy, was released on August 13.

Windows95b Winntworkstation cover

On its first anniversary, Windows 95 was re-released in a new version number (4.00.1111). At the same time, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 was released as the next generation of Windows NT.


Included with the re-release of Windows 95 was Internet Explorer 3.


PBS (1996)

A new PBS logo appeared on the air, and since then appeared on newer programs.

Wizardofoz 1996vhs

The Wizard of Oz officially became THX-certified when re-released on VHS.

Wheeloffortune 1994 1996title

The next seasons of these game shows premiered this month.

The Lion King first aired on The Disney Channel on September 8.


Kirby Super Star was the first compilation video game in the Kirby franchise.


After a re-relase in theaters, Oliver & Company made its VHS debut on September 24.

Soniccd windows

Sonic the Hedgehog CD was re-released for Windows 95 PCs.

N64 logo

The Nintendo 64 was introduced on September 29.


Super Mario 64 was one of the launch titles for the Nintendo 64.



PBS Kids' current flagship television series, Arthur, premiered on October 7.


James and the Giant Peach was released on VHS on October 15.

Toystory vhs

Toy Story made its VHS debut on October 29.

Earliest archived sites on the Wayback Machine from this month include:


The Lion King premiered on ABC on November 3.


Barney's Once Upon a Time was released on November 5.

Nickelodeon Productions (1996)

When All That's third season premiered on Nickelodeon with new sketches and one new cast member replacing an old one, Nickelodeon Productions' then-current logo began use on the show.


Dixie Kong got her own game in the Donkey Kong Country series this month.


Sonic Christmas Blast, a special episode for Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, premiered on the USA Network on November 24.

Allthat album

All That's own soundtrack album hit stores.

Dsas pongoandperdita

Promoting the theatrical release of the live-action 101 Dalmatians was its own sing-along video, Pongo & Perdita.

The earliest archived version of IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) on the Wayback Machine dates back to this month.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York made its premiere on the Fox Network this month.


It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown was released this month from Paramount Home Video.


Sonic Blast was the last Sonic video game released for the Game Gear.

Matilda vhs

Matilda was released on VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Video on December 17.

Earliest archived sites on the Wayback Machine from this month include:

On the website, there were screenshots and short video clips of then-upcoming video games like Mario Kart 64, "Yoshi's Island 64" (a.k.a. Yoshi's Story), and Kirby's Air Ride (which was canceled).


As of December 31, 1996:
Total movies released in theaters (out of 100) 18
Total movies released on VHS (out of 38) 17
Total Disney animated features released on VHS (out of 34) 28
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