December 1996 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Dec 5 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
  • Dec 6 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
  • Dec 7 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
  • Dec 10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down
  • Dec 12 Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)
  • Dec 13 Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Dec 18 US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
  • Dec 18 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • Dec 18 During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
  • Dec 21 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
  • Dec 23 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • Dec 26 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • Dec 26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force.
  • Dec 27 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21
  • Dec 27 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.

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Dec 30 Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Dec 30 UN announces that a total of 21 contracts have been approved for the limited Iraqi oil sales under Resolution 986

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 19 Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

Weddings in History

  • Dec 7 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Barbak Karmal, politician, dies at 67
  • Dec 2 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist, dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Babrak Karmal, PM of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
  • Dec 3 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist, dies at 84
  • Dec 3 George Duby, historian, dies at 77
  • Dec 4 Basil Nield, judge/politician, dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker, dies at 86
  • Dec 6 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • Dec 7 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist, dies at 60
  • Dec 9 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician, dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Alain Poher, French President of European Parliament (1966-69), dies
  • Dec 9 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist, dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Ivor Roberts-Jones, sculptor, dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, dies at 61
  • Dec 11 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
  • Dec 11 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • Dec 12 Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner, dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Jean-Pierre Guerlain, cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91
  • Dec 12 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77
  • Dec 12 Vance Oakley Packard, writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82
  • Dec 13 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Charles Edwin Molnar, computer pioneer, dies at 61
  • Dec 14 Alan Hargreaves, climber, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90
  • Dec 16 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader, dies at 85
  • Dec 16 Joe Coral [Joseph Kagarlitski], British bookmaker (Gala Coral Group), dies at 92
  • Dec 16 Quentin Bell, artist author/teacher, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Elizabeth Hill, teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96
  • Dec 17 Michael Saunders, barrister, dies at 22
  • Dec 17 Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1971-81), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Amata Kabua, President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies
  • Dec 20 Carl Sagan, scientist (Contact), dies at 62
  • Dec 20 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • Dec 21 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts, dies at 96
  • Dec 22 Hetta [Hester Henrietta] Empson, South African-born British artist, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77
  • Dec 24 Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
  • Dec 24 Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Rupert John, gov-gen of Grenadines (1970-76), dies
  • Dec 29 Alma Birk, journalist/politician, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Daniel Raphaeautl Mayer, journalist/resistance leader, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Oswald Szemerenyi, philologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 29 Peggy (Margaret McCrorie) Herbison, politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 29 Robert Morris, lawyer, dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Willaim Brown, British TV executive, dies at 67
  • Dec 29 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Robert Grant-Ferris, politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 61 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dec 31 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist, dies at 55
  • Dec 31 Michael Roberts, historian, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, tropical mediciner, dies at 85