What Happened in December 1996

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2)
  • Dec 1 Lance Klusener takes 8-64 in debut Test Cricket to trounce India

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 4 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Dec 4 NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Dec 4 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
  • Dec 5 "Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 5 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
  • Dec 5 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal, 18, becomes youngest NBA player
  • Dec 6 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
  • Dec 7 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
  • Dec 7 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
  • Dec 7 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • Dec 8 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Dec 8 Donna Andrews & Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down
  • Dec 12 Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou

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Dec 13 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Dec 13 Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Dec 14 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Dec 14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • Dec 15 Dottie Pepper & Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
  • Dec 15 Jim Colbert & Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
  • Dec 15 Tom Lehman & Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches
  • Dec 18 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England
  • Dec 18 US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
  • Dec 18 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • Dec 18 During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
  • Dec 19 "Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances

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Dec 20 Horror classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

  • Dec 21 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
  • Dec 22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • Dec 22 Wendy's Three Tour Golf Challenge
  • Dec 22 Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England needing 1 run to win
  • Dec 23 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • Dec 26 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • Dec 26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force.
  • Dec 26 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Dec 27 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21
  • Dec 27 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
  • Dec 28 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • Dec 29 "Dreams & Nightmares" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 29 "Skylight" closes at Royale Theater NYC after
  • Dec 29 "Taking Sides" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Dec 30 UN announces that a total of 21 contracts have been approved for the limited Iraqi oil sales under Resolution 986
  • Dec 31 63rd Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #10 Virginia Tech, 41-21

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 19 Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 1 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
  • Dec 7 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York

  • Dec 30 "The Last Emperor" Chinese actress Vivian Wu (30) weds producer-director Oscar Costo (43) in Shanghai, China

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Barbak Karmal, politician, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist, dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Babrak Karmal, PM of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
  • Dec 3 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist, dies at 84
  • Dec 3 George Duby, historian, dies at 77
  • Dec 4 Basil Nield, judge/politician, dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker, dies at 86
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 6 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant, dies at 83

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Dec 6 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Dec 7 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • Dec 7 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
  • Dec 8 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist, dies at 60
  • Dec 9 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician, dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Alain Poher, French President of European Parliament (1966-69), dies
  • Dec 9 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist, dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 9 Ivor Roberts-Jones, sculptor, dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Mary Leakey, British archaeologist and anthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints (3.6 million years old), dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • Dec 11 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
  • Dec 11 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • Dec 11 William George Rushton, actor (TW3)/author/cartoonist, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner, dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Jean-Pierre Guerlain, cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91
  • Dec 12 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77
  • Dec 12 Vance Oakley Packard, writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82
  • Dec 13 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Charles Edwin Molnar, computer pioneer, dies at 61
  • Dec 13 Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster, dies at 76
  • Dec 13 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • Dec 14 Alan Hargreaves, climber, dies at 92
  • Dec 14 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African writer, explorer and conservationist, dies at 90
  • Dec 16 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader, dies at 85
  • Dec 16 Joe Coral [Joseph Kagarlitski], British bookmaker (Gala Coral Group), dies at 92
  • Dec 16 Quentin Bell, artist author/teacher, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Elizabeth Hill, teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96
  • Dec 17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • Dec 17 Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Michael Saunders, barrister, dies at 22
  • Dec 17 Ruby Murray, singer, dies at 61
  • Dec 17 Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1971-81), dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • Dec 19 Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Ronald Howard, actor (Hunting Party, Koroshi), dies at 78
  • Dec 19 Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Amata Kabua, President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies
  • Dec 20 Carl Sagan, American scientist, astronomer, author, (Contact), dies at 62
  • Dec 20 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • Dec 21 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts, dies at 96
  • Dec 22 Hetta [Hester Henrietta] Empson, South African-born British artist, dies at 81
  • Dec 23 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77
  • Dec 24 Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
  • Dec 24 Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Derek Prouse, writer actor/director (Le Scandale), dies at 74
  • Dec 25 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • Dec 25 Rupert John, gov-gen of Grenadines (1970-76), dies
  • Dec 29 Alma Birk, journalist/politician, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Daniel Raphaeautl Mayer, journalist/resistance leader, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • Dec 29 Oswald Szemerenyi, philologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 29 Peggy (Margaret McCrorie) Herbison, politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 29 Robert Morris, lawyer, dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Willaim Brown, British TV executive, dies at 67
  • Dec 29 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Jack Nance, actor (Meatballs 4, Whore, Voodoo), murdered at 53
  • Dec 30 Lew Ayres, screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at 88
  • Dec 30 Robert Grant-Ferris, politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 61 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dec 31 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist, dies at 55
  • Dec 31 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Michael Roberts, historian, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, tropical mediciner, dies at 85