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.
  • Jan 29 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • 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, England, born 19 days after her twin sister
  • Jan 12 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived)
  • Jan 12 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Arleigh Albert Burke, US 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 92
  • Jan 2 Sydney Thompson, rock Climber, dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Thornton Page, astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  • Jan 3 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67
  • Jan 3 Terence Tenison Cuneo, artist, dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, 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, artist/exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Karoly Grosz, PM of Hungry (1987-88), 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 interestPerson of Interest

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, engineer, dies at 65
  • Jan 12 John Howard Purnell, scientist, 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, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Giles William Playfair, 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, PM of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • Jan 19 Bernard Baily, comic artist, 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 83
  • 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 22 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Efua Theodore Sutherland, writer, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Mabel Leigh, potter, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Yisrael Eldad, extremist politician, 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 24 Ursula Heathcote Nicholls, campaigner, dies at 75
  • 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 (b. 1921)
  • Jan 27 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician, 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, poet, dies at 55
  • Jan 28 Or San Yu, president of Burma in (1981-88), dies
  • Jan 28 U San Yu, soldier/politician, 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