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20 Pop Culture Moments You Won’t Believe Happened 20 Years Ago

Time flies when you’re having kids, er, fun.

It feels like just yesterday we were slipping on our jelly sandals, Beanie Babies in-hand, and walking to our best friend’s house to watch the season finale of Full House. And now here we are, 20 years later, and there’s a remake in the works. This had us wondering what other pop culture moments are marking their 20th anniversary this year, and we decided to round up a few so you too can soak up all the nostalgia.

Sit back, relax, and take a break from your parenting duties as we slink back to 1995 with these 20 memorable moments that have us feeling seriously old.

1. Toy Story, the first entirely computer-animated film, hit theaters.

Yup — Buzz, Woody, and the gang are turning 20 this November. Unreal.

Image source: Oh My Disney
Image source: Oh My Disney

2. The final “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip was printed.

Leaving kids confused as to what to read over their morning bowl of Trix.

3. Beanie Babies stole the hearts of kids everywhere.

And simultaneously drove their parents insane.

4. Millions of girls were devastated over the death of pop star Selena.

The same year her hit single “Dreaming of You” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, the “Queen of Tejano Music” was fatally shot by her friend and former employee Yolanda Saldívar. Her death devastated fans across America and Latin America and was later turned into a movie starring Jennifer Lopez.

5. Newt Gingrich was selected as TIME’s Man of the Year.

And Republicans everywhere gave each other imaginary fist bumps.

6. Starbucks started selling frappuccinos.

Thus starting the coffee addictions of Americans everywhere.

7. The hit rock band Grateful Dead broke up.

… which was sparked by the death of Jerry Garcia, the band’s lead guitarist and main songwriter.

8. A little dating website known as Match.com was launched.

Aka: Tinder’s great-grandmother.

9. Pogs covered the playroom floors of kids everywhere.

If anyone can remember the actual point of this game, leave us a comment.

10. Sony released PlayStation.

which sold for $299 — a steal compared to the Sega Saturn.

11. The final episode of Full House aired.

And families struggled to adjust to life without Uncle Jesse on their TV screens.

12. eBay made its online debut.

Did you know it was originally known as AuctionWeb? Neither did we.

13. The George Foreman grill was first released.

And moms across the country screamed a silent “THANK YOU!”

14. OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife.

The trial would go down in history as “the trial of the century.”

15. Disney’s Pocahontas hit theaters.

And “Colors of the Wind” was stuck in parents’ heads for the rest of the year.

Image source: Oh My Disney
Image source: Oh My Disney

16. “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette won Album of the Year at the Grammys®.

And teens everywhere finally understood the word “ironic.”

17. Courteney Cox was named People‘s Most Beautiful Woman and Brad Pitt was named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive.

How ironic if it had been Jennifer Aniston?

18. Jelly sandals were all the rage.

Though the blisters they caused were definitely not.

19. Windows 95 was released.

We have a sneaky suspicion where they got the 95 from …

20. Famed guitarist, Slash, joined Michael Jackson on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of “Black or White.”

OK, we’re officially old.

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