Welcome back, cicadas! What was buzzing last time around

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the hit series, "X-Files."
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the hit series, "X-Files."Today

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By Lauren Sullivan

As billions of cicadas start to emerge after 17 years in hibernation, it has us wondering (and itching and ear-plugging): What was the last thing the little critters saw when they visited the mid-Atlantic?

We’ve come up with a few possibilities sure to transport you right back to 1996.

Jennifer Aniston's layered hair circa "Friends" at its best:

Jennifer Aniston strikes a pose with her enviable 'do.Getty Images / Today

Bill Clinton getting elected to office (despite a tad bit of controversy with one Monica Lewinsky) for a second term as president:

President Bill Clinton signals a thumbs-up to a cheering crowd gathered in downtown Chicago's Daley Plaza.Paul J. Richards / Today

Questionable fashion choices: chokers, butterfly clips and Doc Martens all had their day (and, unfortunately, all were paired with dresses):

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Mulder and Scully (aka David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) looking for extraterrestrial life amid sexual tension:

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the hit series, "X-Files."Today

Kerri Strug sticking her dismount on one foot at the Atlanta Games and winning the hearts of every American with a pulse:

Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller salute the crowd after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.Doug Pensinger / Today

Carolyn Bessette marrying John F. Kennedy Jr., shattering the dreams of girls nationwide:

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette arrive at the White House for a state dinner.Chris Kleponis / Today

Al bickering with Peg in "Married with Children":

Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal in a promotional shot for "Married With Children."Today

And how could they forget: Matt Lauer surviving (reporting on) the 1996 cicada invasion for WNBC:


Got any other great 1996 memories to share with the cicadas? Leave 'em in the comments!