On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1996

Historical Events

  • 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

Famous Deaths

  • Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • George Malcolm Thomson, British journalist, dies at 96
  • Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • Janaki Ramachandran, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies at 72
  • Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), dies at 70
  • Lewis B Combs, American civil engineer and US Navy officer (1917-45), founding member and commander of the "Seabees", dies at 101
1996 Highlights

About May 20, 1996

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 4 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Victoria Day (Canada)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus