On This Day

What Happened on November 3, 1996

Historical Events

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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


Famous Deaths

  • Abdullah Çatlı, a Turkish nationalist and neofascist activist (b. 1956)
  • Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57
  • Bernard Frank, French oriental scholar and writer, dies at 69

Jean-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


1996 Highlights

About November 3, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 25 years and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Scorpio