What Happened in January 1996

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • Jan 1 Curacao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24
  • Jan 3 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
  • Jan 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • Jan 5 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI v WI at the Gabba
  • Jan 5 Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
  • Jan 6 Record £42 million ($65.2 million) British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
  • Jan 7 "Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • Jan 7 "Fool Moon" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after * performances
  • Jan 7 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
  • Jan 8 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 9 First episode of "Third Rock from the Sun" screened on NBC
  • Jan 10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jan 10 King Hussein of Jordan visits Israel
  • Jan 11 Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
  • Jan 11 Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jan 12 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • Jan 14 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 14 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Jan 14 Liselotte Neumann wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champions
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers 38-27
  • Jan 17 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • Jan 17 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • Jan 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan 19 NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix
  • Jan 20 46th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at Fleet Center Boston
  • Jan 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 20 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 21 53rd Golden Globes: Sense and Sensibility, Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 21 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
  • Jan 23 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test NZ v Zim
  • Jan 23 The first version of the Java programming language was released.
  • Jan 26 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • Jan 27 15 day old conjoined twins separate:Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies
  • Jan 27 Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episcopal bishop
  • Jan 27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jan 27 Germany celebrates its 1st Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Jan 27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston
  • Jan 27 Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.
  • Jan 28 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jan 28 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17 in Tempe Super Bowl MVP:

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 84th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Michael Chang (6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Jan 28 84th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (6-4, 6-1)
  • Jan 28 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 29 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Jan 29 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • Jan 29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • Jan 29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • Jan 29 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • Jan 30 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • Jan 30 Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet Scott Redd states that Iran test-fired a new anti-ship missile near the Strait of Hormuz
  • Jan 31 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Mary Gibbs, American child actress
  • Jan 5 Max Baldry, English actor
  • Jan 7 Abbey Speakman, England, born 19 days after her twin sister
  • Jan 12 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived)
  • Jan 12 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Dove Cameron, American actress ("Liv and Maddie"), born in Seattle, Washington

Actress Dove Cameron
Actress
Dove Cameron
  • Jan 29 Megan Jossa, English actress

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 18 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 1 Arleigh Albert Burke, US Admiral, dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Arthur Rudolph, rocket Engineer, dies at 89
  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic, dies at 55
  • Jan 2 Sydney Thompson, rock Climber, dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Thornton Page, astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  • Jan 3 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Terence Tenison Cuneo, artist, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone, dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Roy McKelvie, soldier/sports writer, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • Jan 6 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 7 James Holland, artist/exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Karoly Grosz, PM of Hungry (1987-88), dies at 65
  • Jan 7 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist, dies at 88
  • Jan 7 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • Jan 7 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • Jan 8 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 8 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
  • Jan 9 Fearless Mary Nadia Wadia, actress, dies at 88
  • Jan 9 Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies
  • Jan 9 Michael Lynn Synar, politician, dies at 45
  • Jan 10 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88
  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Edmund Happold, engineer, dies at 65
  • Jan 12 John Howard Purnell, scientist, dies at 70
  • Jan 12 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 13 Denise Grey, [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • Jan 13 Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
  • Jan 14 Eric Briault, educationalist, dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Richard Charles Cobb, historian, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • Jan 16 Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • Jan 18 N T Rama Rao, PM of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • Jan 18 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 19 Bernard Baily, comic artist, dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Donald Simpson, film producer, dies at 52
  • Jan 19 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/South African activist, dies at 70
  • Jan 20 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Ellis Hillman, politician, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • Jan 21 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • Jan 22 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Efua Theodore Sutherland, writer, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Mabel Leigh, potter, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Yisrael Eldad, extremist politician, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • Jan 23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Ursula Heathcote Nicholls, campaigner, dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, composer, dead Aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 25 Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, wrestler (Oly-Gold-84), killed by John Du Pont
  • Jan 26 Harold Brodkey, writer, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1921)
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 27 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • Jan 27 John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha), dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician, dies at 92
  • Jan 27 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • Jan 28 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Dan Duva, boxing promoter, dies at 44
  • Jan 28 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81