1996 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 295

  • Jan 1 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • Jan 1 Curacao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 2 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • Jan 3 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
  • 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 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
  • Jan 8 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • Jan 10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 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 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 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 20 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • 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 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 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
  • Feb 1 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 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 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 13 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
  • Feb 15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.
  • 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 Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess
  • 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 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
  • Feb 24 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • Feb 24 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 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 29 Soyuz TM-23, lands
  • Mar 1 New toll-free 888 area code introduced in USA
  • Mar 1 Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England
  • Mar 3 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • Mar 5 Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 7 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
  • Mar 7 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
  • Mar 7 The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.
  • Mar 9 Javed Miandad's last international in Pak's WC QF loss to India
  • Mar 9 Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in WC QF
  • Mar 9 STS 75 (Columbia 19) lands
  • Mar 10 NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • Mar 11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • Mar 11 Mark Waugh scores 110 v NZ for his third century of the World Cup
  • Mar 11 The EU Database Directive is passed.
  • Mar 11 John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending on December 3, 2007.
  • Mar 12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • Mar 13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • Mar 13 At Dunblane Primary School, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide. As a result handguns were banned in the UK.
  • Mar 14 Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)
  • Mar 17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • Mar 18 A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.
  • Mar 20 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
  • Mar 20 UK admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
  • Mar 22 Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Mar 22 STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 23 Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • Mar 24 Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual
  • Mar 24 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • Mar 25 Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth
  • Mar 25 Freedom Shoemakers on Maryport's Solway Estate closes
  • Mar 25 Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova & Bushkov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 US issues newly-redesigned $100 bill
  • Mar 25 The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
  • Mar 26 The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Prince Edward & girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Mar 31 1st Opening Day in history in March takes place in Seattle
  • Mar 31 Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 31 Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • Mar 31 Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands
  • Apr 1 The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • Apr 2 Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
  • Apr 2 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • Apr 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM
  • Apr 5 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Abbey Speakman, England, born 19 days after her twin sister
  • Jan 12 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived)
  • Jan 12 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)
  • May 24 Matthew Eappen, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 5 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell born in Scotland

  • Sep 27 Iman bint Al Abdullah II, princess of Jordan
  • Sep 28 Celeste & Johnny Edison, Assyria & Pele's twins, boy & girl
  • Oct 26 Pasaye, Palatine Ill, twin born 92 days before his brother (Jan 26)
  • Nov 9 Cheyenne Pyle, California, youngest heart transplant patient (90 mins old)
  • Dec 19 Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

Weddings in History

  • Feb 29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
  • Mar 24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa
  • May 11 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York
  • May 15 Auto racing champ-turned-TV commentator Danny Sullivan (46) weds former Manhattan financial planner Brenda Bosveld (33) in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 81st UK Prime Minister David Cameron (29) weds businesswoman Samantha Sheffield (25) at the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury in East Hendred, Oxfordshire

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (72) weds Grace Marufu (31) at Kutama College in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Sep 1 Presidential daughter Amy Carter (29), the only child of former U.S President Jimmy Carter weds computer consultant Jim Wentzel (28) in Plains, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 21 Elder son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and magazine publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. (35) weds Caroline Bisset (30) at the wood-frame Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church in Cumberland Island, Georgia

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Oct 23 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz
  • Nov 30 Multimillionaire and top-selling female suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (67) weds Merrill Lynch Futures retired CEO John Conheeney (67) in Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Dec 7 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 19 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marrage

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 774

  • Jan 1 Arleigh Albert Burke, US Admiral, dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Arthur Rudolph, rocket Engineer, dies at 89
  • Jan 2 Sydney Thompson, rock Climber, dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Thornton Page, astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  • Jan 3 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Terence Tenison Cuneo, artist, dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, dies at 88
  • Jan 6 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • Jan 6 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 James Holland, artist/exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Karoly Grosz, PM of Hungry (1987-88), dies at 65
  • Jan 7 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist, dies at 88
  • Jan 7 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • Jan 7 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • Jan 9 Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies
  • Jan 9 Michael Lynn Synar, politician, dies at 45
  • Jan 10 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • Jan 12 Edmund Happold, engineer, dies at 65
  • Jan 12 John Howard Purnell, scientist, dies at 70
  • Jan 12 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 13 Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
  • Jan 14 Eric Briault, educationalist, dies at 84
  • Jan 15 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Richard Charles Cobb, historian, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81
  • Jan 17 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • Jan 18 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • Jan 18 N T Rama Rao, PM of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • Jan 19 Bernard Baily, comic artist, dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/South African activist, dies at 70
  • Jan 20 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Ellis Hillman, politician, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • Jan 21 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • Jan 22 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Efua Theodore Sutherland, writer, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Mabel Leigh, potter, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Yisrael Eldad, extremist politician, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • Jan 23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Ursula Heathcote Nicholls, campaigner, dies at 75
  • Jan 26 Harold Brodkey, writer, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1921)
  • Jan 27 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician, dies at 92
  • Jan 28 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81
  • Jan 28 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Jan 28 Joseph Brodsky, poet, dies at 55
  • Jan 28 Or San Yu, president of Burma in (1981-88), dies
  • Jan 28 U San Yu, soldier/politician, dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Jack Sutherland, journalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 29 John Terence Reese, bridge master, dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
  • Feb 1 Clive Burton, neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Ray McIntire, chemical engineer, dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Shamus Culhane, animator, dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Broderick Vernon Chinnery Photographer-Haldane, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property Developer, dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 W R Lee, language teacher, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 George Lowthian Trevelyan, designer/visionary, dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • Feb 8 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76
  • Feb 9 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist, dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • Feb 10 Hugh Francis Lamprey, ecologist, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • Feb 11 Bob Shaw, Irish science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 11 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • Feb 12 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • Feb 12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 14 Caroline Blackwood, writer, dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90
  • Feb 14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64