What Happened in February 1996

Historical Events

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

Sport awardSports Awards

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

15th 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

15th American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

23rd "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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • 14th 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

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

  • 15th Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages
  • 29th 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

22nd Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 102

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