THE REAL WORLD DEBUTS ON MTV – 1992
Important philosophical question: If we didn’t have The Real World, would Keeping Up with the Kardashians have ever happened?
NIRVANA'S MTV UNPLUGGED PERFORMANCE – 1993
The band’s stint on MTV Unplugged is not only memorable because of its acoustic takes on their classic songs, but also because it served as Nirvana’s posthumous album, following frontman Kurt Cobain’s death five months later.
MARY-KATE & ASHLEY BEGIN THEIR REIGN – 1992
The world may have found their imaginary boyfriend in John Stamos on Full House, but the Olsen twins were the OG stars of the long-running show. And coninue their fashion, pop-culture reign to this very day.
THE SPICE GIRLS SPICE UP OUR LIVES – 1994
The ultimate girl band formed – and inspired hours (#noregrets) of singing-into-hairbrushes and replaying Spice World every night for months.
FRIENDS PREMIERES – 1994
Although the iconic ’90s show aired its final episode over 10 years ago, we can’t help but stream episodes on Netflix. Fact: We can’t get through the series finale without a box of Kleenex.
NANCY KERRIGAN IS ATTACKED AHEAD OF THE OLYMPICS – 1994
It was the sports scandal that rocked the world. Seven weeks before the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, Tonya Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was clubbed on the knee by an assailant. Authorities soon determined that Harding was involved and that her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had allegedly hired the attacker.
FORREST GUMP WINS AN OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE – 1994
Because never has a movie left us feeling happy, fulfilled and sad all at once.
SHERYL CROW WINS BEST NEW ARTIST AT THE GRAMMYS – 1995
Even crazier? Crow was up against Green Day. Yep, we feel ancient too.
KATE MOSS & JOHNNY DEPP ARE A COUPLE – 1995
After his relationship with Winona Ryder came to an end, the actor turned his sights to the British supermodel, whom he was with for four years. “I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust,” Moss told Vanity Fair of the power couple’s demise. “Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!”
EBAY GOES LIVE – 1995
Let the binge-shopping and bidding begin! Jenner is a fan – she let teens shop her own closet on eBay earlier this year.
ALANIS MORISSETTE'S JAGGED LITTLE PILL DROPS – 1995
The Canadian crooner’s international debut album was a game-changer at the time. Not only did it garner critical and commercial success for Morissette (the album won four Grammys in 1996, including Album of the Year), but also gave us plenty of songs to sing really, really loudly.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, JIM CARREY & BRAD PITT ARE 'RISING STARS TO WATCH' – 1996
WORLD'S LARGEST GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH IS MADE – 1996
Quite possibly the greatest achievement in food history (after Surge soda, of course).
THE 'MACARENA' STARTS A DANCE REVOLUTION – 1996
You couldn’t find a club, birthday party or school dance where the “Macarena” wasn’t playing. Just ask Al Gore, who showed off his killer moves to Los del Rio’s hit song at the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
DOLLY THE FIRST CLONED ANIMAL – 1996
Hello, Dolly! The adorable test-tube-bred sheep was the first-ever cloned animal in our history. Since Dolly, cats, rabbits and other sheep have been cloned.
DARIA DEBUTS ON MTV – 1997
TITANIC MAKES OUR HEARTS SWELL – 1997
Like Rose did with the memory of her love Jack, we never let go of Titanic (or our VHS copy of the movie).
ELLEN DEGENERES' CHARACTER ON ELLEN COMES OUT – 1997
Brave and groundbreaking: That’s how we’d describe DeGeneres decision to have her Ellen character announce her sexuality on the show, as well as do the same IRL.
BRYANT GUMBEL LEAVES TODAY – 1997
The end of an era! After 15 years as Today‘s host, Gumbel stepped down. Since his departure, he’s made appearances on the show, most notably for Today‘s 60th anniversary, where he hosted alongside Matt Lauer and fellow former co-host Jane Pauley.
FIRST HARRY POTTER BOOK HITS BOOKSTORES – 1997
We thank you, J.K. Rowling, for making our childhoods that much more magical.
GEORGE CLOONEY BECOMES BATMAN – 1997
Only Clooney can go from E.R. doctor to full-fledged caped crusader, as he did for his role in Batman & Robin.