Historical Events in January 1996

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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