What Happened on July 17, 1996

Historical Events

  • Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747

Famous Deaths

  • Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Amancio D'Silva, Goan-Indian jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 60
  • Chris Komar, American ballet dancer and artistic director (Milwaukee Ballet, 1969-72; Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 1972-93), dies of AIDS at 48
  • Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • John William Fozard, British aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • Paul Touvier, French Nazi collaborator in World War II called the "Hangman of Lyon" and convicted war criminal, dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Sid Sussman, American beauty pageant organizer (Miss U.S.A.), dies of heart attack
  • [Bryan] Chas Chandler, British rock bassist (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
1996 Highlights

About July 17, 1996

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 27 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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: Forever Love - Gary Barlow