On This Day

What Happened on July 21, 1996

Historical Events

  • "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

Sports History

Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers


Famous Deaths

  • Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • Gerald McArthur, British Scotland Yard detective who caught the Great Train Robbers, dies at 80
  • Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • Macha Rosenthal, American critic and poet (Poetry as Confession), dies at 79
  • Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
1996 Highlights

About July 21, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 11 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
  • UK #1 Song: Wannabe - Spice Girls