On This Day

July 1996 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • Jul 7 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 9 US Senate approves 90 cent raise to $4.25 minimum wage
  • 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 15 Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake
  • Jul 15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport
  • 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 20 In Spain an ETA bomb at an airport kills 35
  • Jul 25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • Jul 28 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Person of interestDolly the Sheep

Jul 5 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, born in Scotland


Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 William T. Cahill, American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (1970-74), dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 4 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr, dies at 58
  • Jul 5 Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Clyde Wiegand, physicist, dies at 81
  • Jul 5 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, dies at 44
  • Jul 5 Erik Wickberg, 9th Salvation Army general, dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, dies at 91
  • Jul 8 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), dies at 41
  • Jul 8 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, dies at 90
  • Jul 9 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Peter Martini, British journalist, dies at 31
  • Jul 9 Susan Cowdy, British ornithologist, dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman, dies at 79
  • Jul 11 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), dies of AIDS at 51
  • Jul 12 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar Naturalist, dies at 84
  • Jul 12 John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • Jul 12 John William Chancellor, journalist, dies at 68
  • Jul 13 Walter Hassan, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kenneth Bainbridge, American physicist (measurements of mass differences between nuclear isotopes), dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kim Besly, Peace activist (Greenham Common), dies at 69
  • Jul 16 Adolf von Thadden, German politician, (b. 1921)
  • Jul 17 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • Jul 17 John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • Jul 18 Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
  • Jul 19 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), dies at 73
  • Jul 19 Lawrence Martin Jenco, priest, dies at 61
  • Jul 19 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, wildlife conservationist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer, dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77
  • Jul 21 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • Jul 21 Gerald McArthur, British Scotland Yard detective who caught the Great Train Robbers, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • Jul 21 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • Jul 21 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • Jul 22 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader, dies at 65
  • Jul 22 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader, dies at 81
  • Jul 22 Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, dies at 71
  • Jul 23 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author, activist and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 78
  • Jul 23 John Corner, scientist, dies at 80
  • Jul 25 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher, dies at 87
  • Jul 26 Arthur McDonald, Royal Air Force officer and radar pioneer, dies at 93
  • Jul 27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Mickey Fenn, docker/socialist, dies at 58
  • Jul 28 Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and writer (How to Know Birds), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88
  • Jul 29 Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 29 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Father Alan Cheales, Dominican priest for 33 years, dies at 83
  • Jul 31 Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59