On This Day

What Happened in June 1996

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Sony does not renew lease on megatron in Times Square

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Jun 1 Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana

  • Jun 1 H. D. Deve Gowda becomes Prime Minister of India
  • Jun 2 50th Tony Awards: "Master Class" & "Rent" win
  • Jun 2 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles GC: Annika Sörenstam retains her title by 6 shots from Kris Tschetter
  • Jun 2 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 5 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • Jun 7 Julia and Noah wed on "All My Children"
  • Jun 8 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
  • Jun 8 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jun 8 Australian cricketer Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire v Hampshire
  • Jun 8 Lloyd and Titchard complete 358 stand for 4th wkt Lancs v Essex
  • Jun 8 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper
  • Jun 8 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

EnglandLady Godiva

Jun 8 Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England

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Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
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Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 for her 5th French singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

  • Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Germany's Michael Stich 7-6, 7-5, 7-6
  • Jun 10 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
  • Jun 10 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toledo OH on WBUZ 106.5 FM

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Jun 10 Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Jun 10 Stanley Cup Final, Miami Arena, Miami, FA: Uwe Krupp's unassisted goal in triple-OT gives Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over Florida Panthers and a 4 game series sweep

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Jun 11 Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president

US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Jun 11 Exxon states that it will begin work on its $15-billion Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development in Russia's Far East
  • Jun 12 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • Jun 12 Marge Schott gives up day-to-day operations because of her numerous insensitive comments about Adolf Hitler, working women & Asians
  • Jun 13 Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 14 "Cable Guy" starring Jim Carrey is released

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • Jun 14 Karl Krikken out handled the ball for Derbyshire v Indians
  • Jun 15 IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200
  • Jun 16 50th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Seat Supersonic, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills GC: Steve Jones wins his lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Tom Lehman and Davis Love III
  • Jun 17 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM
  • Jun 17 The Fifteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which removes the prohibition on divorce, is signed into law following a vote the previous year

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Jun 18 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Jun 20 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • Jun 20 The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry

  • Jun 22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavyweight boxing title

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • Jun 22 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord's on Test cricket debut
  • Jun 22 NHL Draft: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) defenceman Chris Phillips first pick by Ottawa Senators
  • Jun 23 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 29 performances
  • Jun 23 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

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Jun 23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • Jun 23 WLAF World Bowl 4, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh: Scottish Claymores beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27
  • Jun 25 The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 25 "Independence Day" directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 25 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Jun 26 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: Georgetown guard Allen Iverson first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 28 "Nutty Professor" starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA

  • Jun 28 The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.
  • Jun 29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 29 Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900
  • Jun 30 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jun 30 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jun 30 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jun 30 Caroline Frolic (Miss Ontario), crowned Miss Renaissance USA
  • Jun 30 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat Czech Republic, 2-1

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestTom Holland

Jun 1 Tom Holland, English stage and film actor (Billy Elliot, Spider-man), born in Kingston upon Thames, England

  • Jun 4 Maria Bakalova, Bulgarian actress (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), born in Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Jun 21 Scottie Scheffler, American golfer (12th to make 59 on PGA Tour 2020), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Jun 23 Charlie Jones, British actor
  • Jun 25 Lele Pons, Venezuelan-American internet personality (Vine, YouTube), born in Caracas, Venezuela

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 81st UK Prime Minister David Cameron (29) weds businesswoman Samantha Sheffield (25) at the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury in East Hendred, Oxfordshire

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • Jun 8 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • Jun 16 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • Jun 22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Jun 23 "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (42) weds Italian artist Cecilia Ermini
  • Jun 26 Actor Kiefer Sutherland (29) weds model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (34)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), dies at 83
  • Jun 1 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • Jun 1 Fernand Schokweiler, judge, dies at 60
  • Jun 1 Ray Combs, American comedian and TV host (Family Feud, 1988-94), commits suicide at 40
  • Jun 1 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon, dies at 85
  • Jun 1 Stephen Jones, English art historian, dies of cancer at 41
  • Jun 1 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jun 2 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Leon Garield, writer, dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49
  • Jun 2 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 3 Len Creed, bookmaker, dies at 79
  • Jun 3 Peter Glenville, English actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), dies at 82
  • Jun 3 Tito Okello, Ugandan general, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • Jun 4 Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola, is assassinated
  • Jun 5 Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner, dies at 59
  • Jun 5 Vito Scotti [Scozarri], American actor (The Godfather, Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jun 6 George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92
  • Jun 6 Glyn Worsnip, British radio and television presenter (That's Life!), dies at 57
  • Jun 6 Jean Sinclair, South African campaigner, founder member and first president of the Black Sash in 1955, dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
  • Jun 6 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • Jun 7 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Noel Walton Bott, engineer, dies at 88
  • Jun 7 Percy Edwards, English entertainer (known for his animal impressions), dies at 88
  • Jun 7 [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, dies at 91
  • Jun 8 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • Jun 8 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • Jun 8 Phyllis Stedman, politician, dies at 79
  • Jun 9 Edward Morris Bernstein, economist, dies at 91
  • Jun 9 Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist, dies at 48
  • Jun 9 Walter Pardon, carpenter/traditional singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 9 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Hugh Burnton Mitchell, US senator, dies at 89
  • Jun 10 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), dies at 80
  • Jun 10 Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Austrian painter, dies at 89
  • Jun 10 Norman Lambert, British restaurateur, dies at 63 (b. 1933)
  • Jun 10 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), dies at 98
  • Jun 11 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • Jun 11 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], German actress (Gloria, Gold, Metropolis), dies at 90
  • Jun 11 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist, dies at 21
  • Jun 11 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • Jun 11 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • Jun 12 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), dies at 78
  • Jun 12 MacKenzie John, pipe major, dies at 83
  • Jun 13 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist, dies at 60
  • Jun 14 Ted Nightingale, former colonial governor, dies at 91
  • Jun 14 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

Jun 15 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • Jun 15 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, dies at 77
  • Jun 15 Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • Jun 15 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician, dies at 69
  • Jun 16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (paradigm shift), dies at 73
  • Jun 18 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73
  • Jun 18 Miriam Gideon, American composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19 G. David Schine, American businessman, dies at 70
  • Jun 19 Harold William Woolhouse, British botanist, dies at 63
  • Jun 19 Henry Ralph Carr, soldier, dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Vivian Ellis, English composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 20 Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Jun 20 Irving Krick, meteorologist, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jun 20 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 20 Walter Guevara Arze, provisional president of Bolivia (1979), dies
  • Jun 22 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, dies at 65
  • Jun 22 Salah Abou Seif, film director, dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Tertius Metcalf, businessman, dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • Jun 22 Terrel Bell, American politician (2nd United States Secretary of Education 1981-84), dies at 74
  • Jun 22 George Barati, Hungarian-American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Salah Abou Seif [Salah Abu Saif], Egyptian film director (Bidaya wa Nihaya), dies at 81
  • Jun 23 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), dies from a stroke at 74
  • Jun 23 Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), dies at 76
  • Jun 23 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder, dies at 72
  • Jun 23 Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge, dies at 98
  • Jun 23 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, dies at 69
  • Jun 23 William Walsh, academic, dies at 80
  • Jun 25 Nicholas John, dramaturge, dies at 43
  • Jun 25 Ray Howard-Jones, artist, dies at 93
  • Jun 25 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (b. 1914)
  • Jun 26 Veronica Guerin, Irish crime journalist, murdered by drug lords at 36
  • Jun 27 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier, dies at 85
  • Jun 28 George Ghita Ionescu, academic, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, dies at 68
  • Jun 28 Piers Gray, critic/writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 28 Ronald George Woodman, pilot, dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 29 Alexander George Ogston, biochemist, dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • Jun 29 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jun 30 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet, dies at 76