What Happened in March 1996

Historical Events

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1st Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1st New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • 1st Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • 2nd Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator

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2nd Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 3rd Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 5th Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
  • 6th 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows
  • 6th Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • 7th 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
  • 7th British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order

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7th Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 7th The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.
  • 9th Javed Miandad's last international in Pak's WC QF loss to India
  • 9th Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in WC QF
  • 9th STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands
  • 10th 22nd People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)
  • 10th NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • 10th 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • 10th 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • 11th Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • 11th Mark Waugh scores 110 v NZ for his third century of the World Cup
  • 11th The EU Database Directive is passed.
  • 11th John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending on December 3, 2007.
  • 12th Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • 13th Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • 13th At Dunblane Primary School, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide. As a result handguns were banned in the UK.
  • 14th Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi
  • 14th Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

16th Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno
  • 16th Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • 17th "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 17th "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances
  • 17th Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
  • 17th Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • 17th Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • 18th 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • 18th A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.
  • 20th "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • 20th Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
  • 20th UK admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
  • 21st "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 22nd Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • 22nd STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
  • 23rd Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • 24th 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins
  • 24th Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual
  • 24th Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
  • 24th MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • 25th 68th Academy Awards: "Braveheart", Nicholas Cage & Susan Sarandon win
  • 25th Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth
  • 25th Freedom Shoemakers on Maryport's Solway Estate closes
  • 25th Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 25th Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova & Bushkov (RUS)
  • 25th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • 25th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • 25th US issues newly-redesigned $100 bill
  • 25th The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
  • 26th Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)
  • 26th The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
  • 27th "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • 28th "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • 29th 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men
  • 29th Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • 29th NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • 30th Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • 30th NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game

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30th Prince Edward & girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 30th 149th Grand National: Mick Fitzgerald aboard Rough Quest wins
  • 31st "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • 31st "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances
  • 31st 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia 83-65
  • 31st 1st Opening Day in history in March takes place in Seattle

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31st 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 31st Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • 31st Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • 31st Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands
  • 31st Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title

Famous Birthdays

  • 6th Savanah Stehlin, American actress
  • 8th Lorna Fitzgerald, English actress
  • 9th Darsheel Safary, Youngest Indian actor to win filmfare award for best performance
  • 18th Madeline Carroll, American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

16th Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 24th Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa

HeartWedding of Interest

28th Actress Angelina Jolie (20) weds actor Jonny Lee Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

31st Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

19th Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marrage

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Margaret McKay, politician, dies at 85
  • 2nd Jacobo Majluta, president of Dominican Rep (1982), dies at 61
  • 3rd David Bowman, trade unionist, dies at 82
  • 3rd John Joseph Krol, cardinal, dies at 95
  • 3rd Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • 3rd Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, journalist, dies at 76
  • 3rd Lyle Talbot, [Henderson], actor (Plan 9 From Outer Space), dies at 76
  • 3rd Marguerite Duras, writer, dies at 81
  • 3rd Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 4th Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • 4th Minnie Pearl, country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 84
  • 5th Joshua Compston, art impressario, dies at 26
  • 5th Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • 5th Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner, spanish courtier, dies at 90
  • 5th Whit Bissell, actor (Time Tunnel), dies at 86
  • 6th Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • 6th Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 6th Simon Cadell, actor (Enemy at the Door), dies at 45
  • 7th Aled Eames, mAritime historian, dies at 74
  • 8th Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • 8th Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando, dies at 89
  • 8th Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 9th Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • 9th Elman Ali Ahmed, peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • 9th Peter Mansfield, writer, dies at 67
  • 9th George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
  • 10th Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84
  • 10th Ross Hunter, US producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), dies at 75
  • 11th Barry Appleby, cartoonist, dies at 86
  • 11th Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer, dies at 92
  • 11th Clifton Eugene Bancroft Robinson, public servant, dies at 70
  • 11th John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • 11th Vince Edwards, actor (Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 67
  • 12th Charles Bruce Perry, professor of medicine, dies at 92
  • 12th Gyula Kallai, PM of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • 12th John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • 13th Brian Hulls, television news cameraman, dies at 48
  • 13th Krzysztof Kieslowski, film director, dies of heart attack at 54
  • 13th Lucio Fulci, filem director, dies at 68
  • 13th Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • 14th Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • 14th Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature, dies at 69
  • 14th Vic Marshall, chemist, dies at 74
  • 15th Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • 15th Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 15th Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, lawyer/diplomat, dies at 89
  • 16th Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • 16th Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • 16th Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • 16th Charlie Barnett, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 17th Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • 17th Kenneth Jameson, art educationalist, dies at 83
  • 17th Rene Clement, film director, dies at 83
  • 17th Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64
  • 17th Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 18th Alepoude Odysseus Elytis llis, poet, dies at 84
  • 18th Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • 19th Christopher John Magenis Headington, musician, dies at 65
  • 19th William Hutchinson Murray, mountaineer/author, dies at 83
  • 20th Alan Ridout, composer, dies at 61
  • 20th Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist, dies at 86
  • 20th Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • 21st Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • 22nd Claude Mauriac, writer, dies at 81
  • 22nd Robert Franklin Overmyer, astronaut (STS 5, STS 51-B), dies at 59
  • 22nd Robert Mellors, gay activist, dies at 47
  • 22nd Ronald George Hayward, political manager, dies at 78
  • 22nd Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 23rd Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • 23rd Peter Baer, artost/printmaker, dies at 72
  • 24th Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • 25th John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, news commentator (BBC), dies at 91
  • 26th (Elizabeth Cissie) Charlton, football matriarch, dies at 83
  • 26th David Packard, electronic engineer/businessman, dies at 83
  • 26th Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • 26th Thomas Wakefield, writer, dies at 60
  • 28th Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • 28th Charles Barnet "Roscoe" Harvey, soldier, dies at 95
  • 28th David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • 28th Edith Fowke, folklorist, dies at 82
  • 28th Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • 28th James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • 28th Ken Dibbs, actor (Suddenly, Party Girl, High Society), dies at 78
  • 28th Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81
  • 28th Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • 29th Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • 29th Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1944)
  • 30th Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist, dies at 78
  • 30th Ryoei Saito, businessman, dies at 79
  • 31st Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • 31st Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 31st Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, dies at 37
  • 31st Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73