On This Day

What Happened on August 6, 1996

Historical Events

  • Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

Music History

Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

Historic Event

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

Famous Deaths

  • Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83
1996 Highlights

About August 6, 1996

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 5 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo