What Happened on August 26, 1996

Historical Events

Television Debut

"7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Historic Event

US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy


Famous Deaths

  • Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, President of Argentina (1971-73), dies at 77
  • Baron Baker, Jamaican-British anti-racism activist, dies at 71
  • Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, dies at 73
1996 Highlights

About August 26, 1996

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 1 month and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Late Summer Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los Del Rio
  • UK #1 Song: Wannabe - Spice Girls