What Happened in February 1996

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • Feb 2 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
  • Feb 5 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • Feb 6 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • Feb 8 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • Feb 8 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • Feb 8 The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place.
  • Feb 9 WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 9 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • Feb 10 IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov
  • Feb 10 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years
  • Feb 11 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Feb 13 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
  • Feb 13 Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 13 Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album 'All Eyez on Me'

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • Feb 15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Feb 15 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Feb 15 46th Berlin International Film Festival: "Sense and Sensibility" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 16 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
  • Feb 17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
  • Feb 17 Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 1st full ODI for Kenya, Cricket World Cup v India: Sachin Tendulkar scores 127*

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Feb 18 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.308 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • Feb 21 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
  • Feb 22 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 22 STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit
  • Feb 23 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
  • Feb 23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 "Trainspotting" directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland

  • Feb 24 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • Feb 24 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 24 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Feb 25 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Feb 25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
  • Feb 27 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
  • Feb 28 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
  • Feb 29 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup
  • Feb 29 Soyuz TM-23, lands

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 7 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
  • Feb 9 Jimmy Bennett, American actor
  • Feb 17 Sasha Pieterse, South African child actress

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 14 Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

  • Feb 15 Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages
  • Feb 29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 22 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 102

  • Feb 1 Clive Burton, neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Gene Kelly, actor/dancer (Singing in the Rain), dies at 83
  • Feb 2 Ray McIntire, chemical engineer, dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Shamus Culhane, animator, dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Audrey Meadows, actress (Alice-Honeymooners), dies at 69
  • Feb 3 Broderick Vernon Chinnery Photographer-Haldane, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property Developer, dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor, dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Peter Pooley, broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 W R Lee, language teacher, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Guy Madison, actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Ronald Fletcher, broadcaster, dies at 85
  • Feb 6 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 George Lowthian Trevelyan, designer/visionary, dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • Feb 7 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • Feb 8 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 9 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist, dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Gerald Savory, actor playwright/TV producer (3 Weeks), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • Feb 10 Hugh Francis Lamprey, ecologist, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • Feb 11 Bob Shaw, Irish science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 11 Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
  • Feb 11 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • Feb 11 Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • Feb 12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • Feb 13 Martin Balsam, actor (Archie's Place), dies at 76
  • Feb 14 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Caroline Blackwood, writer, dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90
  • Feb 14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • Feb 15 Bruno Ferenc Straub, Hungarian statesman, dies
  • Feb 15 Margaret Courtenay, actress (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies at 72
  • Feb 15 McLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58
  • Feb 15 Tommy Rettig, actor (Lassie)/computer programmer (Clipper), dies at 54
  • Feb 16 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 Edmund G "Pat" Brown, politician, dies at 90
  • Feb 16 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
  • Feb 16 MacLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 16 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62
  • Feb 16 Susan Bosence, textile designer, dies at 82
  • Feb 16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Bentley Bridgewater, british Museum secretary, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Henry Guinness, missionary, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Jean Writer-Pierre Herve Bazin, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Michael Raptis, writer/recolutionary, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • Feb 18 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master, dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Richard Leslie Hill, historian, dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Madhaviah Krishnan, naturalist, dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot, dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Toru Takemitsu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 20 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 21 Horace Leonard Gold, sF writer/editor, dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Jean Burroughs, educationalist, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Morton Gould, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 21 Terence Edward Armstrong, polar geographer, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
  • Feb 22 Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • Feb 23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • Feb 23 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82
  • Feb 24 Gene Mitchell, museum director, dies on 70th birthday
  • Feb 24 James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
  • Feb 24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • Feb 25 Haing S Ngor, doctor/actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45
  • Feb 25 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • Feb 25 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 Audrey Angers, charity pioneer
  • Feb 26 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 27 Francois Chaumette, actor (They Never Slept, Christine), dies at 72
  • Feb 27 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • Feb 27 Pat Smythe, show jumper, dies at 67
  • Feb 27 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • Feb 28 Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
  • Feb 29 Duncan Stuart Wilson Fighter pilot-MacDonald, dies at 83
  • Feb 29 Joe Minogue, journalist, dies at 72