Historical Events in 1996

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  • 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 The first flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale
  • Jan 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances

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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

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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
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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 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 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
  • Feb 1 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • Feb 2 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
  • Feb 5 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • Feb 6 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • Feb 8 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • Feb 8 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • Feb 8 The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place.
  • Feb 9 WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 9 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • Feb 10 IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov
  • Feb 10 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 11 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

Sport awardSports Awards

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 13 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 15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Apr 6 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 7 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 7 Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pak, Singapore
  • Apr 7 Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic
  • Apr 7 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 8 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 10 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