What Happened on December 18, 1996

Historical Events

  • During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
  • Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England
  • The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
1996 History

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74

About December 18, 1996

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 5 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • UK #1 Song: Knockin' On Heaven's Door/Throw These Guns Away - Dunblane