August 1996 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 3 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service.
  • Aug 4 J Bunning, E Weaver, B Foster, & N Hanlon inducted in Hall of Fame
  • Aug 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

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Aug 6 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 6 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • Aug 10 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • Aug 10 Dare & Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
  • Aug 10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • Aug 10 Yanks lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
  • Aug 12 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • Aug 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC
  • Aug 19 The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • Aug 20 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
  • Aug 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
  • Aug 21 In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO
  • Aug 22 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

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Aug 23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Aug 26 US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy
  • Aug 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants v Middlesex
  • Aug 29 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.

Weddings in History


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

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Pres (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • Aug 1 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran, dies at 58
  • Aug 1 Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
  • Aug 1 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • Aug 2 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • Aug 2 U Hia Than, politician, dies at 52
  • Aug 3 Guido Alberti, literary patron/businessman, dies at 87
  • Aug 4 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist, dies at 59
  • Aug 5 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, politician, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Frank Ulrich Marcus, playwright/critic, dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Buland Al Haidary, poet, dies at 69
  • Aug 6 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • Aug 6 Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83
  • Aug 7 Peter Winter, naval commander, dies at 78
  • Aug 8 Frank A Whittle, inventor of the Jet engine, dies at 89
  • Aug 8 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • Aug 8 Herbert Huncke, writer, dies at 80
  • Aug 8 Julian Stryjkowski, writer, dies at 91
  • Aug 8 Nevill Francis Mott, physicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 9 James Whitman McLamore, businessman, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Kenneth Fleetwood, fashion Designer, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Ruth Holland, journalist, dies at 54
  • Aug 10 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest, dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Sigmund Koch, psychologist/philosopher, dies at 79
  • Aug 12 Anthony Derrick Parsons, diplomat, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Victor Ambartsumian, astrophysicist, dies at 87
  • Aug 13 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 86
  • Aug 13 Christopher John Gray, priest, dies at 42
  • Aug 13 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • Aug 13 W Gordon Smith, playwright, dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker, dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Masao Maruyama, social scientist, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, dies at 68
  • Aug 18 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • Aug 18 Hugo Gabriel Gryn, rabbi, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist, dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Sidney George Gray, company secretary, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 David Donaldson, painter, dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Robert Lewis Campbell Lorimer, publisher, dies at 77
  • Aug 22 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist, dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Ahmed Bahauddin, journalist, dies at 69
  • Aug 24 Emile Noel, international civil servant, dies at 73
  • Aug 24 John Christopherson, artist/collector, dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer, dies at 42
  • Aug 25 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • Aug 25 Erskine Childers, UN official/civil servant, dies at 67
  • Aug 25 Les Burns, local councillor, dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Alejandro Lanusse, army officer/politician, dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Baron Baker, activist, dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Catherine Mary Hall, nurse, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Abram Games, graphic artist, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • Aug 28 Lynda Carr, educationist, dies at 50
  • Aug 28 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • Aug 30 Jose Toribio Merino, admiral/milt junta of Chile (1973-80), dies at 80
  • Aug 31 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen, dies at 72
  • Aug 31 Harald James Penrose, pilot, dies at 92
  • Aug 31 David Pollock, Viscount Hanworth, British barrister, dies at 80