What Happened on August 8, 1996

Beauty Contest Winner Claws Her Way To Victory

Historical Events

  • American jazz artist Mel Tormé (70), suffers a stroke, ending his 65-year singing career

Famous Birthdays

  • A'ja Wilson, American basketball player (Las Vegas Aces), born in Hopkins, South Carolina
Born in 1996

Famous Weddings

Hakeem Olajuwon

NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, dies at 73
  • Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, dies at 91
  • Nevill Francis Mott, British physicist (1977 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on amorphous semiconductors), dies at 90

About August 8, 1996

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

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