20 Years of MapQuest: 1996 Was Pretty Awesome




This month marks the 20th anniversary of MapQuest going digital, bringing maps into the digital age for the first time and blowing the minds of amateur cartographers across the world.

Believe it or not, MapQuesting wasn't the only thing that happened in 1996. Here are some of the highlights:

Gas was $1.23/gallon.


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This was the no. 1 single:



Independence Day was the highest grossing film.


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This dude was president:


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Connecting to the Internet sounded like this:



A computer beat Garry Kasparov at chess.


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Kerri Strug helped win the gold and made everyone in America cry.




Your mailbox was full of these.

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The Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX.


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This dude finally got caught:

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Space Jam happened.


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The Daily Show premiered, with host Craig Kilborn.

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Cell phones were all the rage.

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This terrifying commercial was on your TV:





Maps went digital.

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We were shown the money.


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Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill was the best selling album.



Turns out 1996 was pretty cool. Here's to 20 more years of getting you wherever you want to go.