On This Day

What Happened on October 1, 1996

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member and hunger striker, dies at 40
1996 Highlights

About October 1, 1996

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 2 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra