What Happened on August 6, 1996

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

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George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars (ALH84001)

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US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Famous Deaths

  • Buland Al Haidary, poet, dies at 69
  • Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83