On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1996

Historical Events

Music Concert

Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Robin Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Kenny Kirkland

Famous Birthdays

  • Georgia Hall, British golfer (British Open 2018), born in Bournemouth, England
  • Matteo Berrettini, Italian tennis player (Wimbledon 2021 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy

Famous Weddings

Dennis Hopper

Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church

Famous Deaths

  • Marthe Robert, French essayist and translator who influenced Sigmund Freud, dies at 82
  • William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, dies at 63
1996 Highlights

About April 12, 1996

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 1 month and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Because You Loved Me (From "Up Close & Personal") - Celine Dion
  • UK #1 Song: Firestarter - Prodigy