Events in Film & Television in 1996

  • Jan 9 First episode of "Third Rock from the Sun" screened on NBC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 21 53rd Golden Globes: Sense and Sensibility, Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 28 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 2 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA

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

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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

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Feb 27 American film production company "Happy Madison Productions" is founded by Adam Sandler

  • Mar 6 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 8 "Fargo" directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi released in the US

  • Mar 10 22nd People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)
  • Mar 24 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 68th Academy Awards: "Braveheart", Nicholas Cage & Susan Sarandon win

  • Mar 31 Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title

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

  • Apr 23 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Sense and Sensibility" Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director
  • Apr 23 42nd British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "Cracker" Best Drama

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Apr 29 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • May 4 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
  • May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe

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May 7 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

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May 10 "Twister" written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Novelist Michael Crichton
Novelist
Michael Crichton
  • May 17 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • May 20 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"

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Jun 1 Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana

  • Jun 14 "Cable Guy" starring Jim Carrey is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 25 "Independence Day" directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith

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Jun 28 "Nutty Professor" starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA

  • Jul 4 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 15 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
  • Jul 21 "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • Aug 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

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Aug 6 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Aug 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Aug 26 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Actress Jessica Biel
Actress
Jessica Biel
  • Aug 28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion

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Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later
  • Sep 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • Sep 14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • Oct 9 Howard Stern's book "Miss America" released in paperback
  • Nov 6 "The English Patient" based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Scott Thomas premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1997)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 18 "Star Trek: First Contact" film directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

  • Nov 23 Irene Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
  • Dec 14 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 Horror film classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

  • Dec 26 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenĂ©t Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado