What Happened on May 26, 1996

Historical Events

  • Indianapolis 500: first Indy 500 contested by Indy Racing League; many top CART teams boycott; Buddy Lazier wins marking Firestone's first Indy victory since 1971
  • Parliamentary elections in Albania results are disputed, with irregularities and intimidation causing opposition parties to withdraw; pro-Western Democratic party wins over 50% of the vote
  • Revival of William Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 65 performances
1996 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Austin Michael Luciano, American actor (Dante Carlino-Another World) (d. 2019)
Born in 1996

Famous Weddings

  • "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California

Famous Deaths

  • Halka Grossman, Israeli resistance fighter and politician, dies at 76
  • Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairen rock guitarist (Zaika Langa-Langa), dies at 45
  • Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34

About May 26, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 27 years and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Gemini

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • UK #1 Song: Three Lions (The Official Song Of The England Football Team) - Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds