On This Day

What Happened on November 3, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • New York City Marathon: Giacomo Leone of Italy, man's champion in 2:09:54; Anuta Catuna of Romania takes women's title in 2:28:18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Famous Deaths

  • Abdullah Çatlı, a Turkish nationalist and neofascist activist (b. 1956)
  • Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57
  • Heather Swift, local councellor, dies at 79

Person of interestJean-Bédel Bokassa

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1977) and later Emperor (1977-1979) of the Central African Republic, dies of a heart attack at 75