Historical Events in 1996 (Part 2)

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  • Apr 3 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • Apr 3 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • Apr 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin, Texas on KJFK 98.9 FM

Music History

Apr 4 Revival of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's stage drama "Inherit the Wind", starring George C. Scott and Charles Durning, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances

  • Apr 5 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

Film & TV History

Apr 6 American actor Marlon Brando makes anti-Semitic remarks about Hollywood on "Larry King Live", stating that the 'Jews control Hollywood'

  • Apr 6 American baseball player Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
  • Apr 7 Pakistan beats Sri Lanka to win Cricket's Singer Cup in Singapore

Sports History

Apr 7 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore

Golf Tournament

Apr 7 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th event title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

  • Apr 10 Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia
  • Apr 11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • Apr 11 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy, premieres at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 781 performances

Music Concert

Apr 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Robin Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Kenny Kirkland

  • Apr 13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • Apr 13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 60th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Masters and 6th and final major title, 5 strokes ahead of Greg Norman of Australia

  • Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games

Theatrical Finale

Apr 14 Trish Vradenburg's play "Apple Doesn't Fall.." directed by Leonard Nimoy opens and closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Boston Marathon

Apr 15 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya takes centenary men's title in 2:09:15.9; 3-peat for Uta Pippig of Germany in women's race in 2:27:12

  • Apr 18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Second successful revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

  • Apr 19 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • Apr 19 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
  • Apr 20 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • Apr 20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • Apr 21 "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • Apr 21 Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin beats Japan’s Isao Aoki by 2 strokes for his first of 4 Senior PGA Championships
  • Apr 21 Wayne James scores 99 & 99 & ct 11 stp 2 in Logan Cup Final
  • Apr 23 42nd British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "Cracker" Best Drama
  • Apr 23 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Sense and Sensibility" Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director
  • Apr 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • Apr 23 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 23 US docuseries "Forensic Files" (Medical Detectives) premieres on TLC Network
  • Apr 24 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances

Academy of Country Music Awards

Apr 24 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win

  • Apr 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • Apr 24 The UN and Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq's possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
  • Apr 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Apr 26 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
  • Apr 26 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 27 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • Apr 28 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Apr 28 In Australia's worst massacre in modern history, Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Leads to a compulsory gun buy back program and major changes to gun control laws.

Film Release

Apr 29 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

  • Apr 29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • Apr 30 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Apr 30 Dutch Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids MI on WKLQ 94.5 FM

Historic Event

Apr 30 US President Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years

  • May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 1 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • May 3 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
  • May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Grindstone, his second Derby victory (1993 Sea Hero)
  • May 4 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
  • May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
  • May 6 Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • May 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford, Connecticut on WCCC 106.9 FM
  • May 6 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

Film & TV History

May 7 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Sports History

May 8 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3

  • May 8 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • May 8 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

Music History

May 9 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Film & TV History

May 10 "Twister" disaster film written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

  • May 10 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  • May 10 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI)
  • May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
  • May 11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

LPGA Championship

May 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: England's Laura Davies wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Julie Piers

  • May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8

TV Show Appearance

May 13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

  • May 13 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • May 14 New York Yankees' controversial pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners, 2-0 at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Record

May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

  • May 17 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • May 17 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe

Sports History

May 18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

  • May 18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
  • May 19 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • May 20 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • May 21 "You're Makin' Me High" single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 1997)
  • May 21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY

Baseball Record

May 21 Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

  • May 21 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
  • May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC; runs for 29 performances
  • May 22 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 22 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time

  • May 23 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • May 24 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 25 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team
  • May 25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
  • May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
  • May 26 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
  • May 26 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

Election of Interest

May 28 Pavlo Lazarenko becomes Prime Minister of Ukraine

  • May 28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
  • May 29 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Historic Event

May 29 Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands

  • May 30 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
  • May 30 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension
  • May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • May 31 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures
  • Jun 1 H. D. Deve Gowda becomes Prime Minister of India
  • Jun 1 Sony does not renew lease on megatron in Times Square

Film & TV History

Jun 1 Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana

  • Jun 2 50th Tony Awards: "Master Class" & "Rent" win
  • Jun 2 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 2 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles GC: Annika Sörenstam retains her title by 6 shots from Kris Tschetter

  • Jun 5 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • Jun 7 Julia and Noah wed on "All My Children"
  • Jun 8 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
  • Jun 8 Australian cricketer Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire v Hampshire
  • Jun 8 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 for her 5th French singles crown

  • Jun 8 Lloyd and Titchard complete 358 stand for 4th wkt Lancs v Essex
  • Jun 8 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jun 8 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper

Lady Godiva

Jun 8 Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England

  • Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Germany's Michael Stich 7-6, 7-5, 7-6
  • Jun 10 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson wins
  • Jun 10 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toledo, Ohio, on WBUZ 106.5 FM

Historic Event

Jun 10 Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip

  • Jun 10 Stanley Cup Final, Miami Arena, Miami, FA: Uwe Krupp's unassisted goal in triple-OT gives Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over Florida Panthers and a 4 game series sweep

Film & TV History

Jun 10 Variety talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" hosted by Rosie O'Donnell premieres

Historic Event

Jun 11 Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president

  • Jun 11 Exxon states that it will begin work on its $15-billion Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development in Russia's Far East
  • Jun 12 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • Jun 12 Marge Schott gives up day-to-day operations because of her numerous insensitive comments about Adolf Hitler, working women & Asians
  • Jun 13 Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents

Film Release

Jun 14 "Cable Guy" starring Jim Carrey is released

  • Jun 14 Karl Krikken out handled the ball for Derbyshire v Indians
  • Jun 15 IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200
  • Jun 16 50th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Seattle Supersonics, 4 games to 2; the Bulls' 4th title in 6 years
  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills GC: Steve Jones wins his lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Tom Lehman and Davis Love III
  • Jun 17 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM
  • Jun 17 The Fifteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which removes the prohibition on divorce, is signed into law following a vote the previous year

Historic Event

Jun 18 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts

  • Jun 20 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • Jun 20 The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry
  • Jun 22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 22 NHL Draft: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) defenceman Chris Phillips first pick by Ottawa Senators
  • Jun 22 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord's on Test cricket debut
  • Jun 23 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 29 performances

Historic Event

Jun 23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

  • Jun 23 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan
  • Jun 23 WLAF World Bowl 4, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh: Scottish Claymores beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27

Film Premiere

Jun 25 "Independence Day", directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California

Album Release

Jun 25 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records

  • Jun 25 The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen
  • Jun 26 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: Georgetown guard Allen Iverson first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

Film Release

Jun 28 "Nutty Professor" starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA

  • Jun 28 The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.
  • Jun 29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 29 Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900
  • Jun 30 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jun 30 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jun 30 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jun 30 Caroline Frolic (Miss Ontario), crowned Miss Renaissance USA
  • Jun 30 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat Czech Republic, 2-1
  • Jul 1 Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Jul 1 In a tour match v India, Hampshire's Kevan James becomes the only 1st class cricketer to take 4 wickets in 4 balls - and then score a century (103)

Music History

Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera

  • Jul 1 WBSI TV replaces WNYC on channel 31 in NYC
  • Jul 3 UK House of Commons announces that the Stone of Scone, aka the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish (and subsequently English and British monarchs), will be returned to Scotland after 700 years in Westminster Abbey
  • Jul 4 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 4 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • Jul 5 Angels score 3 top 1st, Oakland A's respond with 13 bottom 1st, highest-scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history, A's win 16-8
  • Jul 6 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 for her 20th Grand Slam title & 7th Wimbledon crown

Historic Event

Jul 7 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

  • Jul 7 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Senior Golf, Canterbury GC: Dave Stockton wins by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin for his 3rd Champions Tour major title

  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Richard Krajicek becomes first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles title beating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

Music Single

Jul 8 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

Album Release

Jul 9 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1997)

  • Jul 9 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 9 US Senate approves 90 cent raise to $4.25 minimum wage

Sports History

Jul 12 Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye

Contract of Interest

Jul 12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

  • Jul 12 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur
  • Jul 13 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Jul 14 New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 24 consecutive saves
  • Jul 14 NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
  • Jul 14 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 548 performances
  • Jul 14 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Raymond Floyd wins first of 2 event titles by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin
  • Jul 15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport
  • Jul 15 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • Jul 15 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV