On This Day

January 1996 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • Jan 1 Curacao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 2 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • Jan 3 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
  • Jan 5 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI v WI at the Gabba
  • Jan 5 Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
  • Jan 6 Record £42 million ($65.2 million) British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
  • Jan 7 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
  • Jan 8 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • Jan 10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • Jan 10 King Hussein of Jordan visits Israel
  • Jan 11 Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
  • Jan 11 Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jan 12 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • Jan 17 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • Jan 17 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 20 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
  • Jan 23 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test NZ v Zimbabwe
  • Jan 23 The first version of the Java programming language released
  • Jan 27 15 day old conjoined twins separate:Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies
  • Jan 27 Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episcopal bishop
  • Jan 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jan 27 Germany celebrates its 1st Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Jan 27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston
  • Jan 27 Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • Jan 30 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • Jan 30 Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet Scott Redd states that Iran test-fired a new anti-ship missile near the Strait of Hormuz
  • Jan 31 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Abbey Speakman, English twin born 19 days after her twin sister
  • Jan 12 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jan 12 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996), born in Tijuana, Mexico

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Arleigh Burke, American admiral, dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Arthur Rudolph, German rocket engineer, dies at 89
  • Jan 1 Orapin Chaiyakan, first Thai woman elected to the Parliament of Thailand, dies at 91
  • Jan 2 Sydney Thompson, British rock climber, dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Thornton Page, American astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist & Holocaust survivor, dies at 80
  • Jan 3 Geoffrey Pardoe, British engineer (Project Manager for the Blue Streak ballistic missile programme), dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Terence Cuneo, English artist (official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953), dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, dies at 88
  • Jan 6 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • Jan 6 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 James Holland, English artist and exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Károly Grósz, Hungarian communist politician, dies at 65
  • Jan 7 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist, dies at 88
  • Jan 7 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • Jan 7 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)

Person of interestFrancois Mitterrand

Jan 8 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • Jan 9 Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies
  • Jan 9 Michael Lynn Synar, politician, dies at 45
  • Jan 10 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Harold Walter Bailey, British philologist, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • Jan 12 Edmund Happold, British structural engineer (founder of Buro Happold), dies at 65
  • Jan 12 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), dies at 70
  • Jan 12 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 13 Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
  • Jan 14 Eric Briault, educationalist, dies at 84
  • Jan 15 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Richard Cobb, British historian, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81
  • Jan 17 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Giles Playfair, English writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • Jan 18 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • Jan 18 N T Rama Rao, Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • Jan 19 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • Jan 20 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Ellis Hillman, politician, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • Jan 21 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • Jan 21 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian writer (Nyamekye), dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Mabel Leigh, potter, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Israel Eldad, Israeli Revisionist Zionist philosopher and member of the pre-state underground group Lehi, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • Jan 23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • Jan 26 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), dies at 92
  • Jan 27 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), dies at 92
  • Jan 28 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81
  • Jan 28 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Jan 28 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • Jan 28 San Yu, Burmese General and the 5th President of Burma (1981-88), dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Jack Sutherland, journalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 29 John Terence Reese, British bridge master, dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65