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

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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