- "The Score" 2nd studio album by Fugees is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1996)
British boy band Take That officially announce that they are disbanding, prompting UK government to set up counselling phone lines
- Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
- Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway
- Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
- Martin Balsam, American charaacter actor (Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), dies of a stroke at 76