On This Day

What Happened on June 20, 1996

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Irving Krick, meteorologist, dies at 89
  • Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • Walter Guevara Arze, provisional president of Bolivia (1979), dies