What Happened on July 8, 1996

Historical Events

Music Single

British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

Famous Deaths

  • (James Woodie) J.W. Alexander, American gospel and soul music songwriter, singer, and producer (Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), dies at 41
  • Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • Thomas Mitchell, British architect and engineer, dies at 90
1996 Highlights

About July 8, 1996

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 10 months and 21 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: Killing Me Softly - Fugees