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Events in History in 1996 (Part 2)

  • Sep 2 A peace agreement is signed between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front in Malacañang Palace.
  • Sep 3 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • Sep 5 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986
  • Sep 11 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham
  • Sep 14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
  • Sep 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
  • Sep 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City FL on WTBB 97.7 FM
  • Sep 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits
  • Sep 16 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space
  • Sep 16 Courtroom reality show "Judge Judy" with Judge Judy Sheindlin premieres in the US
  • Sep 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Sep 24 U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Sep 25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.
  • Sep 26 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands

  • Sep 27 In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
  • Sep 27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
  • Sep 28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • Sep 28 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • Sep 28 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • Sep 29 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)

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

  • Nov 5 Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole
  • Nov 12 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in midair over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history
  • Nov 13 Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)
  • Nov 16 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for "Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer"
  • Nov 17 Time White and T. Assebework discover the first fossils of 2.5 million year old Australopithecus garhi, an ancestor on the human family tree, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • Nov 18 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she's charged with murder
  • Nov 19 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), launches into space
  • Nov 19 The case of the Port Arthur massacre comes to trial.
  • Nov 19 Lieutenant General Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire
  • Nov 19 The 12.9 km Confederation Bridge, joining Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New-Brunswick is completed and becomes the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world
  • Nov 21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
  • Nov 23 The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization.
  • Dec 4 NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Dec 5 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
  • Dec 6 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
  • Dec 7 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
  • Dec 10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down
  • Dec 12 Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 13 Kofi Annan is elected Secretary-General of the United Nations

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan
  • Dec 18 US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
  • Dec 18 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • Dec 18 During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
  • Dec 21 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning

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Dec 21 Taiwanese-American AIDS researcher David Ho is named Time Magazine's Man of the Year

AIDS Researcher David Ho
AIDS Researcher
David Ho
  • Dec 23 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • Dec 25 1,500 year anniversary of Catholicism in France commemorating the baptism of Clovis I in Rheims
  • Dec 26 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • Dec 26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force
  • Dec 27 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21
  • Dec 27 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.

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Dec 30 Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Dec 30 United Nations announces that a total of 21 contracts have been approved for the limited Iraqi oil sales under Resolution 986