What Happened on May 20, 1996

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

Famous Deaths

  • Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • George Malcolm Thomson, journalist, dies at 96
  • Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • Janaki Ramachandran, PM of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies
  • John Pertwee, actor (Dr Who), dies at 76
  • Julius Marmur, biochemist/geneticist, dies at 70
  • Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer, dies at 101