Historical Events in January 1996

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

5th Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

10th Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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
  • 28th 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

29th 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 29th Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • 29th 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 29th La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • 29th France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • 30th Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • 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
  • 31st 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers