On This Day

1996 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 269

  • Apr 26 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 27 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • Apr 28 In Australia's worst massacre in modern history, Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Leads to a compulsory gun buy back program and major changes to gun control laws.
  • Apr 29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • Apr 30 Dutch Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids MI on WKLQ 94.5 FM

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Apr 30 US President Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 3 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
  • May 4 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
  • May 6 Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • May 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM
  • May 6 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
  • May 8 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • May 10 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  • May 10 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI)
  • May 11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die

  • May 13 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
  • May 19 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • May 20 UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • May 21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY
  • May 21 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
  • May 23 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • May 25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
  • May 28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 28 Pavlo Lazarenko becomes Prime Minister of Ukraine

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko

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May 29 Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands

Astronaut Marc Garneau
Astronaut
Marc Garneau
  • May 30 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
  • May 31 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures
  • Jun 1 Sony does not renew lease on megatron in Times Square
  • Jun 1 H. D. Deve Gowda becomes Prime Minister of India
  • Jun 2 50th Tony Awards: "Master Class" & "Rent" win
  • Jun 2 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 5 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • Jun 7 Julia and Noah wed on "All My Children"
  • Jun 8 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

  • Jun 8 Lloyd and Titchard complete 358 stand for 4th wkt Lancs v Essex
  • Jun 8 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper
  • Jun 8 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

EnglandLady Godiva

Jun 8 Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England

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Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
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  • Jun 10 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toledo OH on WBUZ 106.5 FM

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Jun 10 Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove

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Jun 11 Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president

US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Jun 11 Exxon states that it will begin work on its $15-billion Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development in Russia's Far East
  • Jun 12 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • Jun 12 Marge Schott gives up day-to-day operations because of her numerous insensitive comments about Adolf Hitler, working women & Asians
  • Jun 13 Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents
  • Jun 14 Karl Krikken out handled the ball for Derbyshire v Indians
  • Jun 15 IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200
  • Jun 17 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM
  • Jun 17 The Fifteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which removes the prohibition on divorce, is signed into law following a vote the previous year

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Jun 18 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Jun 20 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • Jun 20 The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry
  • Jun 23 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

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Jun 23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • Jun 25 The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen
  • Jun 26 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • Jun 28 The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.
  • Jun 29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 29 Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900
  • Jun 30 Caroline Frolic (Miss Ontario), crowned Miss Renaissance USA
  • 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

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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
  • Aug 3 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service
  • Aug 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars
  • Aug 6 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya
  • Aug 6 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • Aug 10 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • Aug 10 Dare & Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
  • Aug 10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • Aug 12 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • Aug 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC
  • Aug 19 The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • Aug 20 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
  • Aug 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
  • Aug 21 In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO
  • Aug 22 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

BattleDeclaration of War

Aug 23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Aug 26 US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy
  • Aug 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants v Middlesex
  • Aug 29 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.

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Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 200 of 738

  • 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 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 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
  • Mar 1 Margaret McKay, British politician, dies at 85
  • Mar 2 Jacobo Majluta Azar, 47th President of the Dominican Republic (1978-82), dies at 61
  • Mar 3 David Bowman, trade unionist, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 John Joseph Krol, cardinal, dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, German journalist, dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • Mar 4 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • Mar 4 Minnie Pearl [Sarah Ophelia Colley], American country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry, Hee-Haw), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, dies at 26
  • Mar 5 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • Mar 5 Nicolás Cotoner, 23rd Marquess of Mondéjar, Spanish nobleman and military officer, dies at 90
  • Mar 6 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • Mar 7 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • Mar 8 Jack Churchill, British Army commando, dies at 89
  • Mar 9 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Elman Ali Ahmed, peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • Mar 9 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • Mar 12 Charles Bruce Perry, Professor of Medicine (Bristol University), dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Gyula Kallai, Prime Minister of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • Mar 12 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature, dies at 69
  • Mar 15 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • Mar 15 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, dies at 89
  • Mar 16 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • Mar 16 Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • Mar 17 Bela Szigeti, Hungarian theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • Mar 17 Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64
  • Mar 18 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and author, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Claude Bourdet, French human rights activist and journalist, dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • Mar 22 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Robert Franklin Overmyer, astronaut (STS 5, STS 51-B), dies at 59
  • Mar 22 Robert Mellors, gay activist, dies at 47
  • Mar 22 Ron Hayward, English politician, General Secretary of the Labour Party, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Peter Baer, German-British artist and printmaker, dies at 72
  • Mar 26 [Elizabeth] Cissie Charlton, English football matriarch, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • Mar 26 Tom Wakefield, British writer, dies at 60
  • Mar 28 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, dies at 95
  • Mar 28 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Edith Fowke, Canadian folklorist, dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • Mar 28 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), dies at 81
  • Mar 28 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • Mar 30 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), dies at 79
  • Mar 31 Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Mar 31 Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73