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October 1996 in History

Events in History

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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.

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • 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

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Oct 6 Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Oct 6 Lois & Clark (fictional characters) wed

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

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Oct 10 Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in New York City
  • Oct 11 Ford buys rights to name Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • 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 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.

Birthdays in History

Person of interestJoshua Wong

Oct 13 Joshua Wong, Chinese activist (Demosistō), born in Hong Kong

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong
  • Oct 26 Pasaye, twin born 92 days before his brother (Jan 26), born in Palatine, Illinois

Weddings in History

  • Oct 23 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member and hunger striker, dies at 40
  • Oct 2 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), assassinated at 58
  • Oct 2 Ivan Mark Waller, English mountaineer, dies at 89
  • Oct 2 Robert Bourassa, Prime Minister of Quebec province (1970-76, 85-93), dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 3 Denis Frank Owen, British ecologist and natural historian, dies at 65
  • Oct 3 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord, dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Thomas ap Rees, British botanist, dies in a cycling accident at 65
  • Oct 3 Tony Parker, British oral historian, dies at 73
  • Oct 4 Martyn Harris, journalist, dies at 43
  • Oct 4 Tim N Gidal Gidalewitsch, photojournalist, dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
  • Oct 6 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner, dies at 57
  • Oct 7 Charles Wegg Solicitor-Prosser, dies at 86
  • Oct 8 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician, dies at 70
  • Oct 8 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • Oct 9 Alan Charles Downes, British founder member of Independent Television News and cameraman, dies at 58
  • Oct 9 Nigel Thomas Loveridge Fisher, politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Richard Clarkson, English aeronautical engineer (Hawker Siddeley Trident), dies at 94
  • Oct 9 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 10 Dick Pickering, British trade unionist, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Oct 10 Hugh Stirling Mackenzie, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 83
  • Oct 10 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, dies at 79
  • Oct 10 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist, dies at 65
  • Oct 10 David Viscott, American psychiatrist and media personality, dies at 58
  • Oct 11 Arthur Walter Lucas, first Chief Restorer of the National Gallery, London, dies at 80
  • Oct 11 Edith Tilton Penrose, American-born British economist (The Theory of the Growth of the Firm), dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Terry Patchett, politician, dies at 56
  • Oct 11 William Vickrey, Canadian economist (Nobel 1996), dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • Oct 12 David Gilroy Bevan, British politician, dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Pavel Alexandrovich Solovyov, aero-engine designer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
  • Oct 13 Albert Hughes Williams, teacher and historian, dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Henri Nannen, journalist, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 William John Raff Hooper, British cartoonist (Percy Prune), dies at 80
  • Oct 15 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Anthony Griffin, sailor, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Eric Malpass, English writer, dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst and artist, dies at 82
  • Oct 18 Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71
  • Oct 19 Neville Robinson, English physicist, dies at 71
  • Oct 19 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist, dies at 84
  • Oct 20 Bill Bedford, British test pilot (pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft), dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Mary Tuck, British social researcher and civil servant, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist, dies at 71
  • Oct 21 Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator, dies at 76
  • Oct 21 Georgios Zoitakis, leader of Greece (1967-72), dies
  • Oct 21 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician, dies at 49
  • Oct 21 Wang Li, politician, dies at 78
  • Oct 22 Matthew Harding, businessman/football supporter, dies at 42
  • Oct 23 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • Oct 23 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), dies at 47
  • Oct 23 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor, dies at 68
  • Oct 24 Arthur Axmann, German Nazi leader, head of the Hitler Youth in (1940-45), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, dies at 71 [1]
  • Oct 24 Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron Gladwyn, British politician and diplomat, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Roderick Barclay, diplomat, dies at 87
  • Oct 26 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), dies at 93
  • Oct 26 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Oct 27 James Aubrey Turner, scientist, dies at 57
  • Oct 28 Jack Tinker, British drama critic, dies at 58
  • Oct 28 William Downie Forrest, journalist, dies at 94
  • Oct 29 Patrick Johnson, English physicist, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 J. Edward Day, 55th U.S. Postmaster General (1961), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Alexander d'Arbeloff, entrepreneur, dies at 101
  • Oct 30 Leon Lewis, US radio talk show host (WMCA, 1970-80), dies at 81
  • Oct 30 Rohan Butler, historian, dies at 79
  • Oct 31 Andrew Hutchings, British trade union leader, dies at 88
  • Oct 31 John Gorman, printer and socialist historian, dies at 66
  • Oct 31 Peter Doig, British Labour Party politician, dies at 85