What Happened in July 1996

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Kevan James scores 103 & takes 4 wkts in 4 balls, Hants v Ind
  • Jul 1 NHL Winnipeg Jets officially become the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera
  • Jul 1 WBSI TV replaces WNYC on channel 31 in NYC
  • Jul 3 British House of Commons annouces Stone of Scone, used in the coronation of Scottish and British monarchs, will be returned to Scotland after 600 years
  • Jul 4 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • Jul 4 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 5 A's scores 13 in 1st vs Angels
  • Jul 5 NY Yank John Weteland ties Lee Smith's record of 19 consecutive saves

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 103rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Aranxta S Vicaro (6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 6 Yankee John Weteland sets record of 20th cons saves en route to 24
  • Jul 7 110th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R Krajicek beats M Washington (63 64 63)

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Jul 7 17th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Jul 7 Joan Pitcock wins LPGA Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic
  • Jul 7 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

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Jul 7 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 9 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 9 US Senate approves 90 cent raise to $4.25 minimum wage

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Jul 12 Kirby Puckett retires from Minnesota Twins

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

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Jul 12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract for 1 year for $25 million

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jul 12 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur
  • Jul 13 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
  • Jul 14 "How To Succeed in Business..." closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 perf
  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances

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Jul 14 14th Seniors Players Golf Championship: raymond floyd

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Jul 14 Michelle McGann wins Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic
  • Jul 14 NY Yankee John Weteland sets record of 24 consecutive saves
  • Jul 14 NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
  • Jul 15 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • Jul 15 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
  • Jul 15 Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake
  • Jul 15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
  • Jul 17 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of NYC
  • Jul 17 Yank John Weteland blows save after record 24 consecutive saves
  • Jul 17 TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • Jul 18 Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Québec's costliest natural disasters ever.
  • Jul 18 The UN approves an Iraqi aid distribution plan, a major step forward in the direction of allowing Iraq to sell oil under Resolution 986
  • Jul 19 Jason Gallian scores 312 in 683 mins for Lancashire v Derbyshire
  • Jul 19 26th Olympic Games opens in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 20 In Spain an ETA bomb at an airport kills 35
  • Jul 21 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 21 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Friendly's Golf Classic
  • Jul 21 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers
  • Jul 21 "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • Jul 21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • Jul 25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • Jul 27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • Jul 27 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants v Worcs

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Jul 28 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Jul 28 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Micelob Light Heartland Golf Classic
  • Jul 28 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • Jul 29 The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.
  • Jul 30 Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 5 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell born in Scotland

  • Jul 23 Rachel G. Fox, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Jul 20 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) in Millbrook, New York

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Alfred Marks, actor (Fanny Hill, Desert Mice), dies at 75
  • Jul 1 Margaux Hemmingway, actress (Lipstick), dies at 41
  • Jul 1 Richard Michael Fraser, political administrator, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright, dies at 53
  • Jul 2 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 3 Raaj Kumar, Hindi actor (Tiranga, Saudagar), dies at 69
  • Jul 4 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • Jul 4 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr, dies at 58
  • Jul 5 Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Clyde Wiegand, physicist, dies at 81
  • Jul 5 Lorna Young, salesperson, dies at 44
  • Jul 5 Erik Wickberg, The Salvation Army general (b. 1904)
  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 7 Albrecht Luitpold Michael Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria, dies at 91
  • Jul 8 Amschel Rothschild, banker, dies at 41
  • Jul 8 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Thomas Mitchell, architect/engineer, dies at 90
  • Jul 9 Christopher Casson, actor (Educating Rita, Zardoz), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Melvin Mouron Belli, attorney/actor (Star Trek), dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Peter Martini, British journalist, dies at 31
  • Jul 9 Susan Cowdy, British ornithologist, dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman, dies at 79
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 11 Martin Corbett, gay activist, dies at 51
  • Jul 12 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar Naturalist, dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • Jul 12 John Chancellor, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68
  • Jul 12 John William Chancellor, journalist, dies at 68
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • Jul 12 William Darling, journalist, dies at 73
  • Jul 13 Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer, dies at 71
  • Jul 13 Pandro S Berman, film producer, dies at 91
  • Jul 13 Walter Hassan, engineer, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Frederick Angus Armstrong, journalist, dies at 82
  • Jul 14 Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, physicist, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kim Besly, activist, dies at 69
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
  • Jul 15 Dana Hill, actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • Jul 16 Adolf von Thadden, German politician, (b. 1921)
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 17 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 17 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • Jul 17 John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Paul Touvier, French WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Sid Sussman, beauty pageant organizer, dies of heart attack
  • Jul 18 Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
  • Jul 19 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician, dies at 73
  • Jul 19 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician, dies at 77
  • Jul 19 Lawrence Martin Jenco, priest, dies at 61
  • Jul 19 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, willife conservationist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer, dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77
  • Jul 21 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • Jul 21 Gerald McArthur, detective, dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Herb Edelman, actor (Odd Couple, St Elsewhere), dies of emphysema 62
  • Jul 21 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • Jul 21 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • Jul 21 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader, dies at 65
  • Jul 22 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader, dies at 81
  • Jul 22 Peter Ludwig, businessman/art collector, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Richard Day, engineer/development expert, dies at 48
  • Jul 22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • Jul 22 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 23 Aliki Vougiouklaki, actress (Madalena), dies at 63
  • Jul 23 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author, activist and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 78
  • Jul 23 John Corner, scientist, dies at 80
  • Jul 24 Howard Vernon, actor (Faceless, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • Jul 24 Virginia Christine, actress (Mrs Olson), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Raymond O'Malley, teacher, dies at 87
  • Jul 26 Arthur William Raynes McDonald, radar Pioneer/pilot, dies at 93
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Levine, composer, dies at 94
  • Jul 27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Harold C Fox, Fashion designer/musician, dies at 86
  • Jul 28 Mickey Fenn, docker/socialist, dies at 58
  • Jul 28 Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist/artist, dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 48
  • Jul 29 Aruna Asaf Ali, politician, dies at 88
  • Jul 29 Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 29 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)
  • Jul 30 Alan Cheales, dominican priest, dies at 83

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Jul 30 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Jul 30 Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87
  • Jul 31 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • Jul 31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)