On This Day

What Happened in January 1996

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • Jan 1 Curacao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24
  • Jan 3 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
  • Jan 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances

Sports History

Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

  • Jan 5 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI v WI at the Gabba
  • Jan 5 Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone
  • Jan 6 Record £42 million ($65.2 million) British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)

Hopman Cup

Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber

Musical Finale

Jan 7 Musical featuring works of George and Ira Gershwin "Crazy For You" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1622 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards

  • Jan 7 "Fool Moon", starring Bill Irwin, closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC after 81 performances
  • Jan 7 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
  • Jan 8 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 9 First episode of "Third Rock from the Sun" screened on NBC
  • Jan 10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners

Sports History

Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

  • Jan 10 King Hussein of Jordan visits Israel
  • Jan 10 Boston guard Dana Barros sinks a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics' 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9
  • Jan 11 Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
  • Jan 11 Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jan 12 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • Jan 14 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 14 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27
  • Jan 17 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • Jan 17 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

Sports History

Jan 17 Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

Hall of Fame

Jan 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue

  • Jan 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan 19 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 20 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D

  • Jan 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 20 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 20 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format

Golden Globes

Jan 21 53rd Golden Globes: "Sense and Sensibility", Nicolas Cage, & Sharon Stone win

  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
  • Jan 23 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test NZ v Zimbabwe
  • Jan 23 The first version of the Java programming language released
  • Jan 25 Ottawa Senators set an NHL record with 16th consecutive home game without a win (0-15-1) in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the Palladium; old record (15) shared by 1928 Black Hawks & 1939 Canadiens
  • Jan 26 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • Jan 27 15 day old conjoined twins separated: Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies
  • Jan 27 Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episcopal bishop
  • Jan 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jan 27 Germany celebrates its 1st Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Jan 27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston
  • Jan 27 Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 for her first and only Grand Slam victory after her stabbing

  • Jan 28 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jan 28 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 6th and last career Grand Slam title; beats American Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

  • Jan 28 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music Awards

Jan 29 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Sports History

Jan 29 Last day of Test cricket for Australian cricketer David Boon

  • Jan 29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • Jan 29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire

Historic Event

Jan 29 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific

  • Jan 30 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • Jan 30 Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet Scott Redd states that Iran test-fired a new anti-ship missile near the Strait of Hormuz
  • Jan 30 Future Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a 5 year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds & 10 assists
  • Jan 31 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers

Famous Birthdays

Florence Pugh

Jan 3 Florence Pugh, English actress (Outlaw Kingdom, Little Women), born in Oxford, England

  • Jan 5 Max Baldry, English actor, born in Redhill, United Kingdom
  • Jan 7 Abbey Speakman, English twin born 19 days after her twin sister
  • Jan 12 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jan 12 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996), born in Tijuana, Mexico

Dove Cameron

Jan 15 Dove Cameron, American actress ("Liv and Maddie"), born in Seattle, Washington

  • Jan 17 Klaus Mäkelä, Finnish cellist and conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 2020-present; Orchestre de Paris, 2021-present), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jan 23 Ruben Loftus-Cheek, English footballer (Chelsea), born in London, England
  • Jan 25 Tati Gabrielle, American actress (The 100, Uncharted), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 [Lindzi James] Tyger Drew-Honey, English actor (Outnumbered), born in Epsom, Surrey
  • Jan 29 Megan Jossa, English actress, born in Eltham, London
  • Jan 31 Master KG [Kgaogelo Moagi] South African Afro-pop songwriter and producer ("Jerusalema"), born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • Jan 31 Sophia Schubert, American golfer (Evian C'ship 2022 runner-up), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jan 18 Princess of Rock Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from King of Pop Michael Jackson in NYC

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Arleigh Burke, American admiral, dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Arthur Rudolph, German rocket engineer, dies at 89
  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), dies at 55
  • Jan 1 Orapin Chaiyakan, first Thai woman elected to the Parliament of Thailand, dies at 91
  • Jan 2 Sydney Thompson, British rock climber, dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Thornton Page, American astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist & Holocaust survivor, dies at 80
  • Jan 3 Geoffrey Pardoe, British engineer (Project Manager for the Blue Streak ballistic missile programme), dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Terence Cuneo, English artist (official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953), dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian militant and chief bombmaker for Hamas, assassinated by booby trapped cell phone at 29
  • Jan 5 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • Jan 6 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 7 James Holland, English artist and exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Károly Grósz, Hungarian communist politician, dies at 65
  • Jan 7 Robley D. Evans, American nuclear physicist (one of the founders nuclear Medicine), dies at 88
  • Jan 7 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • Jan 7 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • Jan 8 (William) Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 8 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, dies at 88
  • Jan 9 Fearless Mary Nadia Wadia, actress, dies at 88
  • Jan 9 Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies
  • Jan 9 Michael Lynn Synar, politician, dies at 45
  • Jan 10 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88
  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Harold Walter Bailey, British philologist, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Edmund Happold, British structural engineer (founder of Buro Happold), dies at 65
  • Jan 12 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), dies at 70
  • Jan 12 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 13 Denise Grey [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • Jan 13 Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
  • Jan 14 Eric Briault, educationalist, dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Richard Cobb, British historian, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, English soccer forward (Burnley, Everton) and manager (Burnley, Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool), dies at 75
  • Jan 16 Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 16 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • Jan 17 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Giles Playfair, English writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • Jan 18 N T Rama Rao, Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • Jan 18 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 19 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), dies at 52
  • Jan 19 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • Jan 20 Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Ellis Hillman, British Labour party politician, lecturer, and writer (London Under London), dies during heart surgery at 68
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, Austrian concert agent, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Peter Stadlen, Austrian pianist and critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
  • Jan 20 Gerry Mulligan, American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, and band leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • Jan 21 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • Jan 21 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • Jan 21 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian writer (Nyamekye), dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Mabel Leigh, potter, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Israel Eldad, Israeli Revisionist Zionist philosopher and member of the pre-state underground group Lehi, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, Hungarian runner, dies at 65
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 25 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • Jan 26 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jan 26 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), dies at 92
  • Jan 26 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • Jan 27 Barbara Skelton, English writer, memoirist and socialite (mistress to King Farouk), dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), dies at 92
  • Jan 27 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 tests for England), dies at 93