What Happened on April 18, 1996

Historical Events

  • In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.

Music Premiere

Second successful revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus

Famous Deaths

  • Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Kalim Siddiqui, Pakistani-British writer & Islamic activist, dies at 62
  • Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • Piet Hein, Danish poet and inventor, dies at 80
1996 Highlights

About April 18, 1996

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 7 months and 14 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: Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison