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Year 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24
  • Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement
  • Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber
  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins
  • Jan 10 Boston guard Dana Barros sinks a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics' 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27
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Sports Stars Born in 1996

  • Jan 23 Ruben Loftus-Cheek, English footballer (Chelsea), born in London, England
  • Jan 31 Sophia Schubert, American golfer (Evian C'ship 2022 runner-up), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Feb 11 Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis player (US Open 2021), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 28 Karsten Warholm, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles WR 45.94 2021; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Ulsteinvik, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • Mar 1 Ye Shiwen, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold 400m [WR 4:28.43] & 200m individual medley 2012; World C'ships gold 200m medley 2011, 19), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

More Birthdays in Sport

Sports Stars Married in 1996

  • Mar 16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida
  • Apr 27 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania
  • May 18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

Sports Stars Divorces in 1996


More Weddings & Divorces in Sport