Historical Events in February 1996

  • 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