Jan. 28, 1996: The last time Dallas hoisted the Super Bowl Trophy. Here’s what the world looked like.

Things have changed quite a bit. The first flip mobile phone went on sale earlier that month. It would sell over 60 million units.

DALLAS — Jan. 28, 1996. 

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona, 27-17. Dallas hoisted its third Lombardi Trophy in four years. All was looking up. 

Dallas has not been to even the NFC Championship game ever since.

It’s been 10,208 days (27 years, 11 months and 13 days) as of this writing. The Cowboys remained one of the better teams in the regular season for a large majority of the past three decades, but never could get over the hump. 

Divisional round losses to the Vikings in 2009, the Packers in 2014 (Dez caught it) and 2016, Rams in 2018 and 49ers in 2022 have been the closest Dallas has ever come to returning to the Super Bowl. Entering the playoffs in the 2023 season, Dallas is the No. 2 seed with a perfect 8-0 home record in the regular season, and the NFC’s best point differential (+194).

Here’s what the world looked like the last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl. Remember, the date is Jan. 28, 1996:

Mariah Carey tops the Billboard Hot 100

Here is a look at the top 10 on the Billboard Charts on Jan. 28, 1996:

  1. “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
  2. “Exhale” by Whitney Houston
  3. “Missing” by Everything But The Girl
  4. “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J
  5. “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls
  6. “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne
  7. “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
  8. “You’ll See” by Madonna
  9. “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” by Monica
  10. “Be My Lover” by La Bouche

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‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ tops the weekend box office

“Mr. Holland’s Opus” led the weekend box office from Jan. 26-28, grossing $8.29 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Toy Story” led the box office on the single day of Jan. 28, 1996, only with $558,716. It was released just over two months prior, on Nov. 22, 1995.

Here is the top 10 box office from that weekend:

  1. “Mr. Holland’s Opus – $8.29 million
  2. “Bed of Roses” – $6.11 million
  3. “From Dusk Till Dawn” – $4.85 million
  4. “12 Monkeys” – $3.94 million
  5. “Eye for an Eye” – $3.52 million
  6. “Jumanji” – $3.12 million
  7. “Grumpier Old Men” – $2.98 million
  8. “Sense and Sensibility” – $2.907 million
  9. “Screamers” – $2.904 million
  10. “Toy Story” – $2.37 million

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Prices of the ’90s

Inflation is real, y’all. Check out these prices from January 1996:

‘In The Headlines’ in January 1996

  • Jan. 3, 1996: The first flip mobile phone goes on sale. The Motorola StarTAC goes on to sell over 60 million units.
  • Jan. 5, 1996: Don Shula retires as Miami Dolphins head coach
  • Jan. 10, 1996: Jimmy Johnson announced as new Miami Dolphins head coach
  • Jan. 11, 1996: Endeavour 10, Space Shuttle STS 72, launches into space.
  • Jan. 17, 1996: 11th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue.
  • Jan. 18, 1996: MLB owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan. 21, 1996: 53rd Golden Globes: “Sense and Sensibility”, Nicolas Cage and Sharon Stone win Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively
  • Jan. 29, 1996: La Fenice, Venice’s opera house, is destroyed by fire
  • Jan. 30, 1996: Future Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a five-year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists

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