What Happened in February 1996

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

Film & TV History

Feb 2 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA

NFL Pro Bowl

Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-13; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF 49ers, WR, HI

  • Feb 5 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • Feb 6 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence

Music History

Feb 6 Rapper Tupac Shakur sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison for sexual assault conviction

Sports History

Feb 8 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had to leave the Browns' name behind

  • Feb 8 The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place
  • Feb 8 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • Feb 9 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • Feb 9 WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 10 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years

Deep Blue Beats Kasparov

Feb 10 IBM chess-playing computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 11 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

ESPY Awards

Feb 12 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

  • Feb 13 "The Score" second studio album by Fugees is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1996)

Music History

Feb 13 British boy band Take That officially announce that they are disbanding, prompting UK government to set up counselling phone lines

  • Feb 13 Death Row/Interscope Records releases rapper Tupac Shakur his 4th studio album "All Eyez on Me"; becomes his final release during his lifetime
  • Feb 13 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
  • Feb 13 Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

Live by Request

Feb 14 "Live by Request" debuts on the A&E Network, based on singer Tony Bennett's idea, the set list was determined by viewer phone calls; Bennett starred in the first episode, wins an Emmy Award (Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program)

  • Feb 15 46th Berlin International Film Festival: "Sense and Sensibility" wins the Golden Bear

Sports History

Feb 15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV, a diagnosis he later claimed to be false

  • Feb 15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece

NFL Record

Feb 15 NFL coaching maestro Bill Belichick is fired by Cleveland, finishing his Browns coaching career with a record of 36-44

Poove Unakkaga

Feb 15 Tamil romantic comedy film "Poove Unakkaga" released directed by Vikraman, starring Sangita and Vijay in his breakthrough role

  • Feb 16 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
  • Feb 17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
  • Feb 17 Garry Kasparov defeats chess-playing computer Deep Blue 4-2

Daytona 500

Feb 18 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins his 2nd Great American race ahead of Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader

Cricket World Cup

Feb 18 First ODI for Kenya national cricket team in Cricket World Cup v India: Sachin Tendulkar scores 127*

  • Feb 19 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • Feb 21 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
  • Feb 22 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 22 STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit


Feb 23 "Trainspotting" directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland

  • Feb 23 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
  • Feb 23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
  • Feb 24 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • Feb 24 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Feb 25 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Feb 25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is

Film & TV History

Feb 27 American film production company "Happy Madison Productions" is founded by Adam Sandler

  • Feb 27 First ever appearance of Pokémon in role-playing video game "Pocket Monsters Red and Green" for Game Boy in Japan
  • Feb 27 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India

Grammy Awards

Feb 28 38th Grammy Awards: "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette wins

  • Feb 29 Chasing Kenya's 166, the West Indies are dismissed for a dismal 93 in Cricket World Cup at Pune, India; spinner Maurice Odumbe takes 3/15 and fast bowler Rajab Ali 3/17 for Kenya
  • Feb 29 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-23 returning from Mir space station
  • Feb 29 Serb forces withdraw from Sarajevo, ending the siege after 1,425 days, the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare
1996 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Paul Mescal, Irish actor (Normal People), born in Maynooth, Ireland
  • Feb 4 Connie Han, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer and actress, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 9 Jimmy Bennett, American actor (Daddy Day Care; No Ordinary FAmily), born in Seal Beach, California
  • Feb 11 Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis player (US Open 2021), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 17 Sasha Pieterse, South African actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 19 Ashnikko [Ashton Casey], American rapper and singer, born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina
  • Feb 20 Mabel [McVey], English pop singer-songwriter ("Finders Keepers"), born in Málaga, Spain
  • Feb 21 Sophie Turner, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Northampton, England
  • Feb 28 Karsten Warholm, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles WR 45.94 2021; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Ulsteinvik, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Born in 1996

Famous Weddings

Prince Rogers Nelson

Feb 14 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis; divorce in 1999

  • Feb 14 Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 15 Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages
  • Feb 29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

Famous Divorces

Halle Berry & David Justice

Feb 22 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Clive Burton, British neuropathologist, dies at 54

Gene Kelly (1912-1996)

Feb 2 American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

  • Feb 2 Minao Shibata, Japanese composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 2 Ray McIntire, American chemical engineer, dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Shamus Culhane, American animator (Fleischer Studios, Disney Studios), dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Audrey Meadows [Cotter], American actress (The Honeymooners - "Alice Kramden"; The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Feb 3 Brodrick Haldane, Scottish photographer, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Edward Adamson, English artist, 'father of art therapy' and collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Tibor Reich, British textile designer (Tibor Ltd), dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian opera conductor, musicologist, pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Peter Pooley, British broadcaster (Newsreel), dies at 84
  • Feb 5 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies of emphysema at 74
  • Feb 6 Ronald Fletcher, British broadcaster (Barbara with Braden, Bomber Harris), dies at 85
  • Feb 6 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 George Trevelyan, British educational pioneer and a founding father of the New Age movement, dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Lydia Chukovskaya, Soviet writer and dissident (Andrei Sakharov Prize for Writer's Civic Courage), dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • Feb 7 Tiny Winters [Frederick Gittens], English jazz bassist and singer, dies at 87
  • Feb 8 Del Ennis, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 51, 55; NL RBI leader 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • Feb 8 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 9 Adolf Galland, German general and WWII flying ace (104 aerial victories for Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Neil Franklin, English soccer defender (26 caps; Stoke City, Hull City, Crewe Alexandra) and manager (Colchester United), dies at 74
  • Feb 9 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, dies at 86
  • Feb 10 Hugh Francis Lamprey, British ecologist, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • Feb 11 Bob Shaw, Irish sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 11 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • Feb 11 Phil Regan, American actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 12 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • Feb 13 Daniel Womack, American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player, dies at 91
  • Feb 13 Martin Balsam, American charaacter actor (Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Feb 14 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Eva Hart, British Titanic passenger, one of last living survivors, dies at 91
  • Feb 14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Lady Caroline Blackwood, British journalist and writer (The Last of the Duchess), dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, dies at 50
  • Feb 15 Bruno Ferenc Straub, Hungarian biochemist and statesman, dies at 82
  • Feb 15 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • Feb 15 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H, 1972-75 - "Col. Henry Blake"; Hello Larry), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 15 Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58
  • Feb 15 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Feb 16 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, dies at 80
  • Feb 16 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), dies at 90
  • Feb 16 Kenneth Robinson, British politician (influential Minister of Health under Harold Wilson, reformed Health Service), dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Roger Bowen, American actor (M*A*S*H (film); The Main Event: What About Bob?: Petulia), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Feb 16 Susan Bosence, British textile designer and blockprinter, dies at 82
  • Feb 17 Bentley Bridgewater, British Museum secretary, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Evelyn Laye, English actress and singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • Feb 17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Michel Pablo [Michalis N. Raptis], Chilean-Greek writer and Trotskyist revolutionary (Fourth International), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • Feb 18 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Nicholas Beriozoff, Lithuanian-British dancer, choreographer and ballet master, dies at 89
  • Feb 19 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Madhaviah Krishnan, Indian naturalist and wildlife photographer, dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, British test pilot (Spitfire), dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • Feb 20 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63
  • Feb 21 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, dies at 81

Morton Gould (1913-1996)

Feb 21 American pianist, conductor and theatrical, screen and concert composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1956 - Stringmusic), dies at 82

  • Feb 21 Terence Edward Armstrong, British polar geographer, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Helmut Schoen, Germany football coach (manager of West Germany (1964-1978, 1974 World Cup), dies at 80
  • Feb 22 Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Alan Dawson, American jazz drummer and teacher (Berklee, 1957-75), dies of leukemia at 66
  • Feb 23 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • Feb 23 Joseph W. Barr, American banker and politician (Secretary of the Treasury), dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Anna Larina, Russian revolutionary, wife of the Bolshevik leader Nikolai Bukharin, dies at 82
  • Feb 24 James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
  • Feb 24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • Feb 25 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), murdered at 55
  • Feb 25 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • Feb 25 Vehbi Koc, Turkish industrialist (Koç Group) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 Daniel John Cunningham, British physiologist (human breathing control), dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • Feb 27 Francois Chaumette, French actor (Le Bossu, They Never Slept, Christine), dies at 72
  • Feb 27 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • Feb 27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Feb 27 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Feb 27 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • Feb 27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66