On This Day

February 1996 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • Feb 5 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • Feb 6 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • Feb 8 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • Feb 8 The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place
  • Feb 9 WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 9 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • Feb 10 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years
  • Feb 13 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
  • Feb 15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece
  • Feb 16 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
  • Feb 19 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • Feb 21 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
  • Feb 22 STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit
  • Feb 23 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
  • Feb 23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
  • Feb 24 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • Feb 24 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Feb 25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
  • Feb 27 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
  • Feb 27 First ever appearance of Pokémon in role-playing video game "Pocket Monsters Red and Green" for Game Boy in Japan
  • Feb 29 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-23 returning from Mir space station
  • Feb 29 Serb forces withdraw from Sarajevo, ending the siege after 1,425 days, the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare

Weddings in History

  • Feb 29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Clive Burton, British neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Ray McIntire, American chemical engineer, dies at 77
  • Feb 3 Brodrick Haldane, Scottish photographer, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Edward Adamson, English artist, 'father of art therapy' and collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property Developer, dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 George Trevelyan, British educational pioneer and a founding father of the New Age movement, dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • Feb 8 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76
  • Feb 9 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, dies at 86
  • Feb 10 Hugh Francis Lamprey, British ecologist, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • Feb 11 Bob Shaw, Irish sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 11 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • Feb 12 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • Feb 12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 14 Lady Caroline Blackwood, British journalist and writer (The Last of the Duchess), dies at 64
  • Feb 14 Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90
  • Feb 14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • Feb 15 Bruno Ferenc Straub, Hungarian biochemist and statesman, dies at 82
  • Feb 15 Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58
  • Feb 16 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), dies at 90
  • Feb 16 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Susan Bosence, British textile designer and blockprinter, dies at 82
  • Feb 17 Bentley Bridgewater, British Museum secretary, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Jean Writer-Pierre Herve Bazin, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Michel Pablo [Michalis N. Raptis], Chilean-Greek writer and Trotskyist revolutionary (Fourth International), dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • Feb 18 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master, dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Richard Leslie Hill, historian, dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Madhaviah Krishnan, Indian naturalist and wildlife photographer, dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot, dies at 83
  • Feb 20 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 21 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Jean Burroughs, educationalist, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Terence Edward Armstrong, British polar geographer, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82
  • Feb 24 Gene Mitchell, museum director, dies on 70th birthday
  • Feb 24 James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
  • Feb 25 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • Feb 25 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 Audrey Angers, charity pioneer
  • Feb 26 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 27 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • Feb 27 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • Feb 28 Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
  • Feb 29 Duncan Stuart Wilson Fighter pilot-MacDonald, dies at 83
  • Feb 29 Joe Minogue, British journalist, dies at 72
  • Feb 29 John Grant, British rear-admiral (Royal Navy), dies at 87