On This Day

What Happened in October 1996

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Following the Port Arthur Massacre, John Howard's Australian government starts a gun buy back scheme. Compulsorily acquires more than 640,000 firearms, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • Oct 2 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win
  • Oct 3 Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
  • Oct 4 BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • Oct 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
  • Oct 4 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi breaks record for fastest hundred in one-day cricket history; in first ODI innings, Afridi savages Sri Lanka for 102 in KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi; reaches 100 in 37 balls
  • Oct 4 Left wing Mike Donnelly becomes first player in NHL history to play for all 3 New York teams (Sabres, Rangers & Islanders) when he suits up for the NY Islanders in a 1-0 loss in Los Angeles
  • Oct 5 Cleveland Indians strike out 23 Baltimore Orioles in 12 innings in 4-3 ALDS win at Jacobs Field; Orioles win series, 3-1
  • Oct 5 New York centre fielder Bernie Williams homers from each side of the plate as the Yankees beat Texas, 6-4 to win the AL Division Series, 3 - 1

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Oct 6 Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Oct 6 Lois & Clark (fictional characters) wed
  • Oct 6 NY Jet Nick Lowrey ties Jan Stenerud with 373 NFL field goals

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Oct 7 Rupert Murdoch launches Fox News with Roger Ailes as CEO

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Oct 9 Howard Stern's book "Miss America" released in paperback
  • Oct 10 "Sex & Longing" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • Oct 10 Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in New York City

  • Oct 11 Ford buys rights to name Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • Oct 13 "Big" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • Oct 13 NY Jet Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374
  • Oct 13 Yanks (3) & Orioles (3) combine to tie play off record of 6 HRs

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Oct 13 British Williams driver Damon Hill wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; becomes first son of a F1 World Drivers Champion (Graham Hill 1962, 68) to win title himself; wins by 19 points from Jacques Villeneuve

Auto Racer Graham Hill
Auto Racer
Graham Hill
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 14 Braves blow out St Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • Oct 14 Dow Jones closes over 6,000 for 1st time (6,010)
  • Oct 14 Packer Chris Jacke kicks longest field goal to end overtime (53 yds)
  • Oct 16 Eighty-four people are killed and more than 180 injured as 47,000 football fans attempt to squeeze into the 36,000-seat Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
  • Oct 17 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC
  • Oct 17 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 19 Braves beat NY Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • Oct 20 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Oct 20 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
  • Oct 20 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
  • Oct 22 NY Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)
  • Oct 23 New York Yankees set record recovering from 0-6 in Baseball World Series game to beat Braves, 8-6 in Game 4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium; record 7th straight post-season road win
  • Oct 24 Hasan Raza makes Test Cricket debut for Pakistan age 14 yrs 238 days
  • Oct 24 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses)
  • Oct 25 Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Woodbine Racetrack; winners: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup
  • Oct 26 World Series Baseball: New York beats Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win club's 23rd title; MVP: Bronx Bombers' reliever John Wetteland
  • Oct 27 US beats Japan, 21½-14½, at Nichirei International Golf Tournament
  • Oct 28 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
  • Oct 30 Exxon confirms that it is in talks with state-owned Qatar General Petroleum Corporation concerning the application of new technology to convert natural gas to petroleum products
  • Oct 31 Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Flight 402, a Fokker F100, crashes into several houses in São Paulo, Brazil killing 98 including 2 on the ground.
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Talking Heads' "Remain In Light" as a musical costume during a show at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Adair Tishler, American child actress
  • Oct 7 Lewis Capaldi, Scottish singer-songwriter (Someone You Loved), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 9 Bella Hadid [Isabella Khair Hadid], American fashion model, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestJoshua Wong

Oct 13 Joshua Wong, Chinese activist (Demosistō), born in Hong Kong

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong
  • Oct 14 Lourdes Leon, American actress, director and Madonna's daughter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 26 Pasaye, twin born 92 days before his brother (Jan 26), born in Palatine, Illinois
  • Oct 26 Onutė Gražinytė, Lithuanian classical pianist, born in Vilnus, Lithuania
  • Oct 28 Naelee Rae, American actress
  • Oct 28 Jasmine Jessica Anthony, American actress (1408, Water Pills), born in Tarzana, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 4 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 6 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • Oct 19 "Rescue Me" actor-comedian Lenny Clarke (43) weds former TV producer Jennifer Miller (31) at Martha's Vineyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 23 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 25 Singer-dancer Paula Abdul (33) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman (30) at Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member and hunger striker, dies at 40
  • Oct 2 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), assassinated at 58
  • Oct 2 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • Oct 2 Ivan Mark Waller, English mountaineer, dies at 89
  • Oct 2 Robert Bourassa, Prime Minister of Quebec province (1970-76, 85-93), dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 2 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), dies of heart and respiratory disease at 64
  • Oct 3 Denis Frank Owen, British ecologist and natural historian, dies at 65
  • Oct 3 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord, dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Thomas ap Rees, British botanist, dies in a cycling accident at 65
  • Oct 3 Tony Parker, British oral historian, dies at 73
  • Oct 4 Martyn Harris, journalist, dies at 43
  • Oct 4 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), dies at 83
  • Oct 4 Tim N Gidal Gidalewitsch, photojournalist, dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
  • Oct 6 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner, dies at 57
  • Oct 6 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • Oct 7 Charles Wegg Solicitor-Prosser, dies at 86
  • Oct 8 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician, dies at 70
  • Oct 8 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer, dies of heart failure at 33
  • Oct 8 William Prince, American actor (Spies Like Us, The Stepford Wives, City in Fear), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Alan Charles Downes, founder member of Independent Television News and cameraman, dies at 58
  • Oct 9 Harvey Vernon [Chet Smith], American actor (Teen Wolf, Jasper-Carter Country), dies at 69
  • Oct 9 Nigel Thomas Loveridge Fisher, politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Richard Clarkson, aerodynamicist, dies at 94
  • Oct 9 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, dies at 64

Person of interestWalter Kerr

Oct 9 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, dies of congestive heart failure at 83

Actor and Theatre Critic Walter Kerr
Actor and Theatre Critic
Walter Kerr
  • Oct 10 Dick Pickering, trade unionist, dies at 54
  • Oct 10 Hugh Stirling Mackenzie, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 83
  • Oct 10 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, dies at 79
  • Oct 10 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist, dies at 65
  • Oct 10 David Viscott, American psychiatrist and media personality, dies at 58
  • Oct 11 Arthur Walter Lucas, first Chief Restorer of the National Gallery, London, dies at 80
  • Oct 11 Edith Tilton Penrose, American-born British economist (The Theory of the Growth of the Firm), dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Johnny Costa, jazz pianist (Mr Rogers), dies at 74
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (West Indies all-rounder 1969-76), dies of chronic cirrhosis of the liver at 53
  • Oct 11 Terry Patchett, politician, dies at 56
  • Oct 11 William Vickrey, Canadian economist (Nobel 1996), dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • Oct 11 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at 74
  • Oct 12 David Gilroy Bevan, British politician, dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Pavel Alexandrovich Solovyov, aero-engine designer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
  • Oct 12 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Oct 13 Albert Hughes Williams, teacher and historian, dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Beryl Reid, British actress (The Killing of Sister George, Smiley's People), dies from pneumonia at 77
  • Oct 13 Henri Nannen, journalist, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Laura La Plante, American actress (Show Boat, Scandal) known for her work in the silent film era, dies at 91
  • Oct 14 William John Raff Hooper, British cartoonist (Percy Prune), dies at 80
  • Oct 15 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Anthony Griffin, sailor, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Eric Malpass, English writer, dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst and artist, dies at 82
  • Oct 16 James Wild, music teacher, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Jason Bernard, actor (judge-Liar Liar), dies of heart attack at 58
  • Oct 17 Berthold Goldschmidt, composer/conductor, dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), takes his own life at 30
  • Oct 18 Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71
  • Oct 19 Neville Robinson, English physicist, dies at 71
  • Oct 19 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist, dies at 84
  • Oct 20 Bill Bedford, British test pilot (pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft), dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Mary Tuck, British social researcher and civil servant, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist, dies at 71
  • Oct 21 Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator, dies at 76
  • Oct 21 Georgios Zoitakis, leader of Greece (1967-72), dies
  • Oct 21 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician, dies at 49
  • Oct 21 Wang Li, politician, dies at 78
  • Oct 22 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • Oct 22 Matthew Harding, businessman/football supporter, dies at 42
  • Oct 23 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 23 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • Oct 23 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), dies at 47
  • Oct 23 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor, dies at 68
  • Oct 24 Arthur Axmann, German Nazi leader, head of the Hitler Youth in (1940-45), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, dies at 71 [1]
  • Oct 24 Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron Gladwyn, British politician and diplomat, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Roderick Barclay, diplomat, dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • Oct 24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • Oct 26 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), dies at 93
  • Oct 26 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Oct 27 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher, dies at 84
  • Oct 27 James Aubrey Turner, scientist, dies at 57
  • Oct 27 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Oct 28 Jack Tinker, British drama critic, dies at 58
  • Oct 28 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • Oct 28 William Downie Forrest, journalist, dies at 94
  • Oct 29 Patricia Ticia Anne Ingrams, broadcaster, dies at 50
  • Oct 29 Patrick Johnson, English physicist, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 J. Edward Day, 55th U.S. Postmaster General (1961), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Alexander d'Arbeloff, entrepreneur, dies at 101
  • Oct 30 Leon Lewis, US radio talk show host (WMCA, 1970-80), dies at 81
  • Oct 30 Rohan Butler, historian, dies at 79
  • Oct 30 John Young, Scottish actor and TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 80