Historical Events in 1996

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

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Jan 5th Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement

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

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Jan 10th Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28th 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28th 84th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • Jan 28th 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 29th 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Jan 29th Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • Jan 29th 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • Jan 29th La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • Jan 29th France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • Jan 30th Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • Jan 30th 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 31st 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers
  • Feb 1st The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • Feb 2nd Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
  • Feb 4th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
  • Feb 5th British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • Feb 6th Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • Feb 8th NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • Feb 8th The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • Feb 8th The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place.
  • Feb 9th WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 9th The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • Feb 10th IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov
  • Feb 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
  • Feb 11th 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

Sport awardSports Awards

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 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
  • Feb 15th Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Feb 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

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Feb 15th American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

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

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

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

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Feb 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

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

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Mar 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
  • Mar 1st New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • Mar 1st Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • Mar 2nd Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
  • Mar 2nd Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose
  • Mar 3rd Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • Mar 5th Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 6th 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows
  • Mar 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
  • Mar 7th 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
  • Mar 7th British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order

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

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 7th The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.
  • Mar 9th Javed Miandad's last international in Pak's WC QF loss to India
  • Mar 9th Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in WC QF
  • Mar 9th STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands
  • Mar 10th 22nd People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)
  • Mar 10th NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • Mar 10th 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • Mar 10th 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • Mar 11th Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • Mar 11th Mark Waugh scores 110 v NZ for his third century of the World Cup
  • Mar 11th The EU Database Directive is passed.
  • Mar 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.
  • Mar 12th Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • Mar 13th Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • Mar 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.
  • Mar 14th Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi
  • Mar 14th Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

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

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Mar 31st Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31st Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • Mar 31st Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands
  • Mar 31st Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title
  • Apr 1st 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
  • Apr 1st Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • Apr 1st The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • Apr 2nd Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
  • Apr 2nd Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • Apr 3rd South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • Apr 3rd St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • Apr 4th "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 4th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM
  • Apr 5th John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

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Apr 5th Marlon Brando makes anti-semetic remarks about hollywood on Larry King

  • Apr 6th Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

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Apr 7th 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 7th Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pak, Singapore
  • Apr 7th Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic
  • Apr 7th Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 8th Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 10th Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia