On This Day

What Happened on December 19, 1996

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

Famous Deaths

  • Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
  • Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½, La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes, The Pizza Triangle), dies of pancreatic cancer at 72
  • Ronald Howard, British actor (Naked Edge, Come September, Murder She Said), dies at 78
  • Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82