What Happened on December 20, 1996

Historical Events

  • First part of the new building for the National Library of France inaugurated in Paris, designed by Dominique Perrault [1]


Horror film classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

Famous Birthdays

  • Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia
Born in 1996

Famous Deaths

  • Amata Kabua, President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies

Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

American scientist, astronomer and author (Broca's Brain, Cosmos, Contact) known for his research on extraterrestrial life, dies of pneumonia after suffering from myelodysplasia at 62

  • Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76

About December 20, 1996

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 9 months and 7 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