On This Day

Historical Events in 1996 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 675

  • Jul 17 Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747
  • Jul 18 Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Québec's costliest natural disasters ever
  • Jul 18 The UN approves an Iraqi aid distribution plan, a major step forward in the direction of allowing Iraq to sell oil under Resolution 986
  • Jul 19 Jason Gallian scores 312 in 683 mins for Lancashire v Derbyshire
  • Jul 19 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 20 In Spain an ETA bomb at an airport kills 35
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

Sports History

Jul 21 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

  • Jul 21 "The Daily Show" hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US
  • Jul 21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • Jul 25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • Jul 27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • Jul 27 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants v Worcs
  • Jul 27 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women's beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

Sports History

Jul 28 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

  • Jul 28 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • Jul 28 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events
  • Jul 28 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Defending champion Brian Barnes of Scotland wins by 3 strokes from Bob Charles and David Oakley
  • Jul 29 The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

  • Jul 30 Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager
  • Aug 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

Historic Publication

Aug 1 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Aug 1 French sprinter Marie-José Pérec wins the 200m final at the Atlanta Olympics to become only the 2nd athlete to win the 200-400m Olympic double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks 1984)
  • Aug 1 American athlete Michael Johnson wins 200m at the Atlanta Olympics in a world record 19.32 seconds to become the first man to complete the 200m-400m double
  • Aug 1 Tiffeny Milbrett scores the winner as the US beats China 2-1 at the Atlanta Olympics for the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's soccer
  • Aug 1 Dan O'Brien wins the decathlon gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics to become the first American since Bruce Jenner in 1976 to win the gruelling event

Olympic Gold

Aug 2 The star-studded United States men's basketball team, Dream Team III, beat Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

  • Aug 3 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service

Olympic Games

Aug 3 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics

Olympic Gold

Aug 3 American Andre Agassi wins the men's singles Tennis gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics beating Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

  • Aug 4 XXVI Summer Olympic Games close in Atlanta, Georgia

Golf Major

Aug 4 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Edmonton CC: Laura Davies wins by 2 from Karrie Webb and Nancy Lopez

Hall of Fame

Aug 4 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 5 Kansas City Chiefs rout Dallas Cowboys 32-6 in an NFL pre-season exhibition game in Monterrey Mexico
  • Aug 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

Historic Event

Aug 6 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

  • Aug 6 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people

Music History

Aug 6 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

Historic Event

Aug 10 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate

  • Aug 10 Dare & Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
  • Aug 10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • Aug 10 Yanks lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
  • Aug 10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 29-18 in Cape Town to win the inaugural Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • Aug 11 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Vallhalla GC: Mark Brooks wins his first major title with birdie on first playoff hole against fellow American Kenny Perry
  • Aug 12 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • Aug 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Emilee Klein wins by 7 strokes ahead of fellow Americans Amy Alcott and Penny Hammel
  • Aug 18 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC
  • Aug 19 The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • Aug 20 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
  • Aug 21 "Hughie" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Aug 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
  • Aug 21 In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO
  • Aug 22 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Declaration of War

Aug 23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

Television Debut

Aug 26 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Sports History

Aug 27 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Aug 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants v Middlesex
  • Aug 28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.
  • Sep 1 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • Sep 1 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000

  • Sep 2 Soyuz TM-24, lands
  • Sep 2 A peace agreement is signed between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front in Malacañang Palace.

Historic Event

Sep 2 Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói (MAC) designed by Oscar Niemeyer inaugurated in Niterói, Brazil

  • Sep 3 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • Sep 4 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrissette and The Smashing Pumpkins win
  • Sep 5 "Summer & Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Sep 5 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

Sports History

Sep 6 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career HR

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4 for her 5th and final US singles crown

Music History

Sep 7 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Theatrical Finale

Sep 8 August Wilson's drama "Seven Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 188 performances

  • Sep 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • Sep 11 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham

Baseball Record

Sep 14 As' Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

  • Sep 14 England Test cricket fast bowler Dean Headley equals WR by taking his 3rd hat-trick of the English County season for Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
  • Sep 14 NY Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • Sep 14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • Sep 14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½
  • Sep 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final

Sports History

Sep 15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

  • Sep 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
  • Sep 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City FL on WTBB 97.7 FM

Baseball Record

Sep 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits

  • Sep 16 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Courtroom reality show "Judge Judy" with Judge Judith Sheindlin premieres in the US

  • Sep 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Baseball Record

Sep 18 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts

  • Sep 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, St. Pierre Hotel & CC: US retains Cup; beats Europe 17-11; in expanded format US wins 10 of 12 singles matches in final day blowout
  • Sep 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)
  • Sep 24 US President Bill Clinton signs the "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty" at the United Nations
  • Sep 25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.

Baseball Record

Sep 26 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

  • Sep 26 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • Sep 27 Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Sep 27 In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
  • Sep 27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
  • Sep 28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • Sep 28 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • Sep 28 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • Sep 28 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • Sep 28 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
  • Sep 28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • Sep 29 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Sep 29 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)

Music History

Sep 29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour in Houston Texas

  • Sep 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs
  • Sep 29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
  • Sep 29 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
  • Sep 29 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • Sep 29 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Federation Cup

Sep 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title

Historic Event

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.

  • 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
  • Oct 6 Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • Oct 6 Lois & Clark (fictional characters) wed
  • Oct 6 NY Jet Nick Lowrey ties Jan Stenerud with 373 NFL field goals

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 12 Farm Aid IX held in Columbia, South Carolina; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Beach Boys, Son Volt, Robert Earl Keen, Martina McBride, Jewel, and John Conlee

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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 Baseball World Series: 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
  • Nov 1 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • Nov 1 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • Nov 2 "Hughie" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Nov 2 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history

Sports History

Nov 3 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

Sports History

Nov 3 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

  • Nov 3 "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • Nov 3 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

Album Release

Nov 4 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut album "Spice", goes on to sell 23 million copies

  • Nov 5 Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole

Sports History

Nov 5 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year

  • Nov 6 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year

Film Premiere

Nov 6 "The English Patient" based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Scott Thomas premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1997)

  • Nov 7 "3 Sisters" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 7 Ex-NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey; recovers
  • Nov 7 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai v Saurashtra
  • Nov 9 8th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 48-21 in Chestnut Hill

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 9 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times

  • Nov 10 46th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins
  • Nov 11 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award
  • Nov 12 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in midair over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history
  • Nov 13 "Three Sisters" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)
  • Nov 13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC
  • Nov 14 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16 "Into the Whirlwind" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for "Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer"
  • Nov 17 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC