What Happened on December 7, 1996

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
  • Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands

Famous Weddings

  • Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths

  • Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72