On This Day

What Happened on July 12, 1996

Historical Events

Sports History

Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye

Contract of Interest

Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

  • Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur

Famous Deaths

  • (Andrew) Rodger Waterson, Scottish zoologist, specializing in malacology (mollusks) and entomology (insects), dies at 84
  • Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der ProzeƟ - The Trial), dies at 78
  • John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • John Chancellor, American journalist and news anchor (Voice Of America, 1965-67; NBC Nightly News, 1970-82), dies at 68
  • Jonathan Melvoin, American funk-rock keyboardist (Prince; Smashing Pumpkins, 1995-96), dies of a heroin overdose at 34
  • Nazar Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 100 Pakistan's 1st centurion), dies at 75
1996 Highlights

About July 12, 1996

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 10 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Battle of the Boyne (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: How Do U Want It/California Love - 2Pac Featuring K-Ci And JoJo
  • UK #1 Song: Killing Me Softly - Fugees