) was a leap year starting on Monday
(link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar
The year 1996 was designated the International Year for the
Eradication of Poverty
Events of 1996
- January 1 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia temporarily gives
power to Crown Prince Abdullah, his legal successor, due
- January 3 – Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular
Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone at that time.
- January 4 – Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, appoints a
new government in response to accusations of corruption in the
parliamentary elections in late 1995.
- January 7 – One of the worst blizzards in American
history hits the eastern states, killing more than 150 people.
Philadelphia, PA receives a record 30.7 inches of snowfall,
New York City's public schools close for the first time in 18 years
and the federal government in Washington, D.C. is closed for
- January 8 – A
Zairean cargo plane crashes into a crowded market in the
center of the capital Kinshasa, killing
- January 9 – Art
forger Eric Hebborn is assassinated in
- January 9–20 – Serious fighting breaks out between Russian soldiers and
rebel fighters in Chechnya.
- January 11 –
Ryutaro Hashimoto, leader of the
Party, becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
- January 13 –
Italy's prime minister, Lamberto
Dini, resigns after the failure of all-party talks to confirm
him. New talks are initiated by president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to form a new
- January 14 –
Jorge Sampaio is elected president of
- January 16 –
President of Sierra
Strasser is deposed by the chief of defence, Julius Maada Bio. Bio promises to
restore power following elections scheduled for February.
- January 19 – The
North Cape Oil Spill
occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore
on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The North Cape Barge is pulled
along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.
- January 19 – An
Indonesian ferry sinks off the northern tip of Sumatra, drowning more than 100 people.
- January 20 – Yasser Arafat is re-elected president of the
- January 22 – Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, resigns
due to health problems; a new government forms under Costas Simitis.
- January 23 – The first version of the
language is released.
- January 24 –
Polish Premier Józef Oleksy
resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow. He
is replaced by Włodzimierz
- January 26 – Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton
testifies before a grand jury.
- January 27 –
Colonel Ibrahim Baré
Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president
of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military
- January 28 –
Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys become the first NFL franchise
to win 3 Super Bowls in a span of 4
seasons, as they defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17 at Sun Devil
Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. It is the Cowboys' 5th Super Bowl championship.
- January 29 – President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end"
to French nuclear testing.
- January 29 – Fire
Fenice, Venice's opera
- January 29 –
crisis: A Greek flag is hoisted
on a small rocky island named Imia (Greek) / Kardak (Turkish).
- January 30 – Irish National Liberation
Army leader Gino Gallagher is
killed in an internal feud, while in line for his unemployment
- January 30 –
February 5 – Sarah Balabagan is caned in the United Arab
- January 31 – An
explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank in
Lanka, killing at least 86 and injuring
- January 31 – An
explosion in Shaoyang, China kills 122
and injures over 400 when 10 tons of dynamite in an illegal explosives warehouse
underneath an apartment building detonate.
- January 31 – A
bomb planted by the Tamil Tigers
explodes in Colombo, killing 88 and injuring hundreds more.
- February 4 – An
earthquake near Lijiang in southwest China, measuring
up to 7 on the Richter scale, kills at
least 240 people, injures more than 14,000 and makes hundreds of
- February 6 – A
757, on an unauthorised charter flight from the Caribbean to Germany, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Dominican Republic, killing all 189 passengers and crew (see Birgenair Flight 301).
- February 7 –
René Préval succeeds Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president
of Haiti, in the
first peaceful handover of power since the nation achieved
- February 8 – An
IRA ceasefire ends with a half-tonne bomb in London's Canary Wharf District, killing 2 and causing over £85 million worth of
- February 9 – The element Ununbium is discovered.
- February 10 – Chess computer "Deep Blue" defeats world chess champion Garry
Kasparov for the first time.
- February 10 –
Bosnian Serbs break off contact with
the Bosnia government and with representatives of Ifor, the
NATO localised force, in reaction to the arrest of
several Bosnian Serb war criminals.
- February 14 –
Violent clashes erupt between Filipino soldiers and Vietnamese boat people, as the
Philippines government attempts to forcibly repatriate hundreds of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
- February 15 – In
south-west Wales, the oil
Empress runs aground, spilling 73,000 tonnes of crude
oil, killing many birds.
- February 15 – The U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece comes under mortar fire.
- February 15 – A
Long March 3 rocket at the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in China crashes into
a rural village after liftoff, killing as many as 500.
- February 15 –
Begum Khaleda Zia is reelected as
prime minister of Bangladesh. The country's second democratic election is
marred by low voter turnout, due to several boycotts and
pre-election violence, which result in at least 13 deaths.
- February 15 – The
publishes the Scott Report.
- February 17 – In
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Garry Kasparov beats
"Deep Blue" in a second
- February 17 – In
Jaya, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and associated
tidal waves kills 102 people and causes widespread
- February 18 – An
IRA briefcase bomb in a bus kills the bomber and injures 9 in the
West End of
- February 19 – A
wooden ferry capsizes as it enters the port of Cádiz in the Philippines, killing 54 people.
- February 21 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia announces his medical
recovery in the national press and assumes power again from his
brother, Crown Prince Abdullah.
- February 24 –
Cuban fighter jets shoot down 2 American aircraft belonging to the Cuban exile group,
Brothers to the
Rescue. Cuban officials assert that they invaded Cuban
- February 25 – Two suicide bombs in
Israel kill 27 and injure 80; Hamas claims
- February 28 – Canadian singer
Alanis Morissette wins the top
honor, Album of the Year award, at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.
She is the youngest person to ever win this award, a record she
- February 29 – In
North Carolina, Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of
James Jordan, the father of
basketball star Michael
- February 29 – A
Boeing 737 flying for Faucett Airlines in route from Lima to
Rodriguez Ballon airport crashes into a mountain near Arequipa; all 123 people on board are killed (see Faucett Flight 251).
- February 29 – At
least 81 people drown when a boat capsizes 120 kilometres east of
- March 1 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi
forces refuse UNSCOM inspection teams access
to 5 sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites
only after delays of up to 17 hours.
- March 2 – Ranabima Royal College is established
- March 2 – Australian federal election,
1996 is held. Labor's Paul Keating
loses to Liberal leader John Howard
- March 3 – José María Aznar, leader of the
Popular Party, is elected
prime minister of Spain, replacing
- March 3–4 – Two more suicide bombs explode in Israel, killing
32. The Yahya Ayyash Units
admit responsibility, and Palestinian president
Yasser Arafat condemns the killings in
a televised address. Israel warns of retaliation.
- March 6 – A boat
carrying market traders capsizes outside Freetown harbour, in Sierra Leone, killing at least 86.
- March 6 – Chechen rebels
attack the Russian government
headquarters in Grozny; 70
Russian soldiers and policemen and 130 Chechen fighters are
- March 8 – The
Republic of China begins surface-to-surface missile
testing and military exercises off Taiwanese coastal areas. The United States government condemns the act as provocation, and the
Taiwanese government warns of retaliation.
- March 9 – Jorge Sampaio is the new Portuguese president.
- March 11 – John
Howard is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia.
- March 13 – Dunblane Massacre: Unemployed former
Hamilton walks into the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland and opens fire, killing 16 students and 1 teacher
before fatally shooting himself.
- March 14 – An
international peace summit is held in Egypt, in response
to escalating terrorist attacks in the Middle East.
- March 16 – Robert Mugabe is reelected president of
Zimbabwe, although only 32 percent of the electorate
- March 17 – Sri Lanka wins the Cricket World Cup by storming to a famous
victory against the tournament favourite Australia.
- March 18 – The
Club fire in Quezon
City, Philippines kills 163.
- March 19 – In
California, Lyle and Erik
Menendez are found guilty of first-degree murder for the
shotgun killing of their parents.
- March 20 – The British Government announces that
encephalopathy has been likely transmitted to people.
- March 23 – The
China or Taiwan holds its
first direct elections for president; Lee
Teng-hui is re-elected.
- March 24 – Islamists clash with security forces in Kashmir, killing 11.
- March 24 – The
devastating Marcopper mining
disaster on the island of Marinduque, Philippines takes place.
- March 25 – An 81-day
long standoff begins between antigovernment Freemen and federal officers in Jordan,
- March 25 – The
68th Academy Awards, hosted by
Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the
Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California with Braveheart winning Best Picture.
- March 26 – The
International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan to Russia for economic
- March 28 – Fire
breaks out at the Pasar Anyar shopping centre in Bogor, West Java. The first death toll estimate is 78 until
rescuers notice that 68 of them are mannequins.
- March 28 – Three
British soldiers are found guilty of the manslaughter of
Danish tour guide Louise Jensen in Cyprus.
Allan Ford, Justin Fowler and Geoffrey Pernell receive life
sentences for their crime, which was committed in September 1994.
- April 1 – The
Regional Municipality in Nova
Scotia is created.
- April 1 – An
overcrowded ferry sinks off the coast of Irois, Haiti, killing
more than 200 people.
- April 3 – A Boeing 737 military jet crashes into a mountain
north of Dubrovnik, Croatia. All 35 people on board die, including
Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown (see 1996 Croatia
USAF CT-43 crash).
- April 3 – Suspected
"Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is
arrested at his Montana cabin.
- April 3 – Massacres
of Hutus by Tutsis in
Burundi take place, with more than 450 killed in a few
- April 6 – Fighting
breaks out in Monrovia, Liberia between various rebel factions struggling for power
in the country's interrupted civil war. Several foreign
nationals leave the nation.
- April 6 – Major League Soccer kicks off in front
of an overflow crowd of 31,683 packed in Spartan
Stadium, to witness the historic first game.
San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scores the league's first goal in
a 1–0 victory over D.C. United.
- April 6 – Turkish authorities begin Operation Hawk, an army offensive
against rebels from the Kurdish Worker's Party in southeastern
- April 11 – The
Israeli government launches Operation Grapes of Wrath,
consisting of massive attacks on Lebanon, in retaliation for prior terrorist attacks, and
sparking off a violent series of retaliations.
- April 11 – Jessica Dubroff, 7, is killed in a crash
Wyoming while attempting to set a record as the youngest
person to pilot an airplane across the United States.
- April 16 – The NBA's 1995–1996 Chicago Bulls, with Michael Jordan's lead, go on to set a new NBA
record for the most wins in a season, achieving their 70th
- April 18 – Qana Massacre: Over 100 Lebanese civilians are killed after Israel shells the
UN compound in Qana.
- April 18 – In
reaction to the Qana Massacre, an
Islamist group in Egypt open fire on
a hotel, killing 18 Greek tourists and injuring 17
- April 21 – A general
election in Italy proclaims a
new government headed by Romano Prodi
and his Olive Tree
coalition, replacing Silvio
- April 24 – At the
urging of Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Liberation
Organization drops its clause calling for the removal of
The Israeli government responds by dropping a similar clause
concerning the existence of Palestine.
- April 28 – Port Arthur
massacre: Martin Bryant kills
35 people at the Port Arthur, Tasmania tourist site, Australia.
- April 28 – A bomb
explodes in Bhaiperu, Pakistan, killing more than 60 people.
- Iraq disarmament crisis:
UNSCOM supervises the destruction of Al-Hakam, Iraq's main
production facility of biological warfare agents.
- May 4 – A Sudanese
Federal Airlines jet crashes on a domestic flight in a severe
dust storm, while making an emergency
landing 325 kilometres northeast of Khartoum, killing all 53 passengers and crew.
- May 8 – The Keck II
dedicated in Hawaii.
- May 9 – South
Party pulls out of the 2-year-old coalition government, and the
African National Congress
assumes full political control.
- May 9 – Ugandan
president Yoweri Museveni wins a
landslide victory in the country's first direct presidential
elections, securing 75% of the vote.
- May 10 – 1996 Everest disaster: A sudden storm
Everest with several climbing teams high on the mountain,
leaving 8 dead. By the end of the month, at least 4 other
climbers die in the worst season of fatalities on the mountain to
- May 10 – The Australian government introduces a nationwide ban
on the private possession of both automatic and semi-automatic rifles, in response to
the Port Arthur massacre.
- May 10 – Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong, facing forced repatriation due to their classification as
economic migrants rather than
refugees, stage a protest at the Whitehead
- May 10 – 11 killed in Mount Everest
- May 11 – After takeoff
Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, causes the Douglas
DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
- May 13 – Severe
thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600.
- May 15 – Nine hostages
held by the Free Papua
Organization in Irian
Jaya are rescued after an operation by the Indonesian military; 2 other hostages are later found
- May 17–28 – Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is elected
the new prime minister of India, replacing
P. V. Narasimha Rao of the Indian National Congress. However,
the party does not receive an overall majority and Vajpayee resigns
13 days later rather than face a no confidence vote, and is
replaced by the United Front,
led Deve Gowda.
- May 18 – The X Prize Foundation launches the $10
million Ansari X Prize, which is won
in 2004, by Burt
- May 19 – Bosnian
Serb President Radovan
Karadžić resigns from public office after being indicted for
- May 20 – Gay
rights – Romer v.
Evans: The Supreme
Court of the United States rules against a law that prevents any city, town or
county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial
action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
- May 21 – The
MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters in Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000 in one of Africa's worst maritime disasters.
- May 21 – The Trappist Martyrs of
Atlas are executed.
- May 23 – Swede
Göran Kropp reaches the Mount Everest summit alone without oxygen,
after having bicycled there from Sweden.
- May 23 – Members of
the Armed Islamic Group in
Algeria kill 7 French Trappist monks, after talks
with French government concerning the imprisonment of several GIA
sympathisers break down.
- May 25 Bradley Nowell of the band Sublime
dies from a drug O.D.
- May 27 – First Chechnya War: Russian President
Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a
cease-fire in the war.
- May 28 – Albania's general election of May 26
is declared unfair by international monitors, and the ruling
Democratic Party under
President Sali Berisha is charged by
for Security and Co-operation in Europe with rigging the
elections. Several hundred protestors gather in
Tirana to demonstrate against the election
- May 30 – The Likud Party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, wins a narrow victory
in the Israeli general election.
- May 30 – The Hoover Institution releases an optimistic
report that global warming will
probably reduce mortality in the United States and provide Americans with valuable
- May 31 – FIFA decides to
give the FIFA World Cup 2002,
the first World Cup in Asia, to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first World Cup with co-host
countries in the history of the event.
- Iraq disarmament crisis:
As Iraq continues to refuse inspectors access to a number of sites,
the U.S. fails in its attempt to build support for military action
against Iraq in the UN Security Council.
- June 1–3 – The Czech Republic's first general election ends
inconclusively. Prime Minister Václav Klaus and his incumbent Civic Democratic Party emerge as the
winners, but are unable to form a majority government. President
Václav Havel refuses to invite
Klaus to form a coalition.
- June 4 – The space
rocket Ariane 5
explodes 40 seconds after takeoff in French Guiana. The project costs European governments 7.5
billion US dollars over 11 years.
- June 6 – Leighton W. Smith, Jr. resigns as NATO commander
in the face of increasing criticism.
- June 7 – An IRA gang murders Detective
Garda Jerry McCabe during a botched
armed robbery in Adare, County Limerick.
- June 8 – The 10th
Championship (UEFA Euro 96) begins
- June 8 – Steffi Graf defeats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the
longest ever women's final at the French Open, to win her 19th Grand Slam title.
- June 10 – Peace
talks begin in Northern Ireland without Sinn
- June 10 – The
Colorado Avalanche wins their
first Stanley Cup in their first season based out of Denver,
Colorado, defeating the Florida
Panthers 4 games to none. Avalanche captain Joe Sakic wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
- June 11 – An
explosion in a São
Paulo suburban shopping centre kills 44 and injures more
- June 11 – A peace convoy carrying
Chechen separatist leaders and
international diplomats is targeted by a series of remotely
controlled land mines; 8 are killed.
- June 12 – In
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against
indecency on the internet. The panel
says that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would
infringe upon the free speech rights of
- June 13 – An 81-day
standoff between the Montana Freemen
and FBI agents ends
with their surrender in Montana.
- June 15 – In
Manchester, UK, a massive
IRA bomb injures over 200 people and devastates a large part of the city
- June 16 – The Chicago Bulls win their fourth NBA Championship by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in the best-of-7
series 4 games to 2.
- June 19 – Boris Yeltsin emerges as the winner in
round of presidential elections.
- June 20 – Thousands
of Megawati Sukarnoputri
supporters clash with police in Jakarta.
- June 23 – The
Nintendo 64 video game system is
released in Japan.
- June 23 – Archbishop Desmond
Tutu is given an official farewell at his retirement service in
- June 25 – The
Khobar Towers bombing in
Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen.
- June 26 – Journalist
Veronica Guerin is shot and killed
in her car just outside Dublin.
- June 28 – A new
government is formed in Turkey, with Necmettin
Erbakan of Refah Partisi becoming
prime minister of the coalition government, and deputy and foreign
minister Tansu Çiller of the
True Path Party succeeding him after
- June 29 – The Prince's Trust concert is held in
Park, London, and is attended by 150,000 people. The Who headlines the event in their first
performance since 1989.
- June 29 – An
explosion in a firecrackers factory in Sichuan Province, China kills at
least 36 people and injures another 52.
- June 30 – Costas Simitis is elected President of the
Movement of Greece.
- June 30 – Germany beats the Czech Republic to win
- June 30 – Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić reliquishes
power to his deputy, Biljana
- Iraq disarmament crisis:
U.N. Inspector Scott
Ritter attempts to conduct surprise inspections on the
Republican Guard facility at the airport, but is blocked by
- The Prague
Manifesto declares the principles of the Esperanto movement.
- Confrontations occur in Northern
Ireland between police and Orange
Order protestors at Drumcree.
- July 1 – The Northern
Territory in Australia legalises
- July 2 – Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced
to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- July 3 – Boris
Yeltsin is reelected as President of Russia after the second
round of elections.
- July 5 – Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland.
- July 8 – Martina Hingis becomes the youngest person in
history (age 15 years and 282 days) to win
at Wimbledon in the Ladies' Doubles event.
- July 11 – Arrest
warrants are issued for Bosnian Serb
war criminals Radovan
Karadžić and Ratko Mladić by
the Russell Tribunal in The Hague.
- July 12 – Hurricane Bertha: made landfall in
Carolina as a Category 2 storm, causing
$270 million in damage to the United States and its possessions and many indirect
- July 13 – A Republican Sinn Féin bomb explodes
outside of a hotel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, disrupting a wedding reception and injuring 17
- July 16 – An
outbreak of E. coli food poisoning in Japan reaches
6,000 fatalities, after a group of school children who have eaten
contaminated lunches die.
- July 17 – Paris and Rome-bound
Flight 800 (Boeing 747) explodes
off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board.
- July 17 – Joe
Klein admits that he is "Anonymous", the author of Primary Colors.
- July 18 – Howard
Hughes is sentenced to life imprisonment at Chester Crown Court for the
rape and murder of 7-year-old Sophie
Hook at Llandudno 12 months previously. The trial judge
recommends that Hughes, 31, should never be released.
- July 19 – An
F3 tornado 5.5 miles away from the
Westminster, Maryland city center injures 3 people and causes $5
million in damages.
- July 19 – The
1996 Summer Olympics in
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, begin.
- July 19 – Radovan Karadžić steps down as
president of the Serb enclave in Bosnia.
- July 21 – Storms
provoke severe flooding on Saguenay
River in Quebec, in one of Canada's most costly natural disasters.
- July 24 – The
Dehiwala train bombing kills
56 commuters outside Colombo.
- July 25 – The
Tutsi-led Burundian army performs a coup and
reinstalls previous president Pierre
Buyoya, ousting current president Sylvestre
- July 27 – The
Centennial Olympic Park
bombing at the 1996
Summer Olympics kills 1 and injures 111.
- July 29 – The child protection portion
of the Communications Decency
Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal
- August 1 – Sarah Balabagan returns to the Philippines.
- August 1 – A
pro-democracy demonstration supporting Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia is broken up by riot police.
- August 1 – Michael Johnson wins the 200m
finals of 1996 Summer Olympics
in Atlanta in a world-record time of 19.32 seconds.
- August 4 – The 1996 Summer Olympics conclude.
- August 6 – NASA announces
that the ALH
84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive
- August 6 – The Australian census is conducted.
- August 7 – Heavy
rains kill more than 80 campers near Huesca, Spain.
- August 9 – Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
- August 11 – The British rock band
Oasis plays the biggest free-standing
concert in UK history at Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
- August 13 – Data sent back by the
Galileo space probe indicates there may be water on one of Jupiter's
- August 14 – A
rocket ignited during a fireworks display
in Arequipa, Peru knocks down
a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35
- August 15 –
Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United
States, and Jack Kemp for Vice
President, at the Republican National
Convention in San
- August 16 Binti
Jua, a world famous gorilla after this
incident, saves a three year old boy who fell into the 20 foot deep
gorilla inclosure. Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Illinois
- August 20 – A
thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot
- August 21 – Former president of
South Africa, F. W. de Klerk,
makes an official policy for crimes committed under Apartheid to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission in Cape
- August 22 – Anna Leksell, aspiring
supermodel is born.
- August 23 – Osama bin Laden writes "The Declaration of
Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred
Places," a call for the removal of American military forces from
- August 26 – Chun Doo-hwan is sentenced to death, after
being found guilty of mutiny and treason.
- August 26 – Bill Clinton signs welfare
reform into law.
- August 26 –
Iraqi expatriates seeking refuge hijack a Sudanese
airliner en route from Khartoum to Amman.
- August 28 – Their
Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are formally
divorced at the High Court of Justice in London. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is
restyled Diana, Princess of
- August 29 – U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are renominated at the Democratic National
Convention in Chicago.
- August 29 – A
Russian Tupolev 143 jetliner crashes into a
mountain as it approaches the airport at Spitsbergen, Norway, killing all 141 people on
- August 31 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi
forces launch an offensive into the northern No-Fly Zone and capture Arbil.
- August 31 – The
Big 12 Conference is inaugurated
with a football game between Kansas State University and Texas Tech University in
- December 2 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic
Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
- December 2 –
Widespread student pro-democracy protests are broken up in Burma.
- December 5 – Federal Reserve Board Chairman
Alan Greenspan gives a speech in
which he suggests that "irrational
exuberance" may have "unduly escalated asset values".
- December 9 –
Jerry Rawlings is reelected president
- December 11 –
Tung Chee Hwa is appointed to become
the new leader of Hong
Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in
- December 12 – Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an
- December 13 – Kofi Annan is elected by the United Nations Security
Council the next Secretary-General of the
- December 17 –
The Túpac Amaru
Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
- December 18 – The loi Carrez, or Carrez law governing property
transactions was enacted in France
- December 20 – HM The Queen advises
"an early divorce" to Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of
Wales. The divorce was finalized on 28 August 1996.
- December 20 –
Steve Jobs' company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.
- December 26 –
The largest strike
Korean history begins.
- December 26 –
JonBenét Ramsey, 6, is murdered
in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder,
- December 27 –
Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram
Air Base, which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
- December 29 –
Guatemala and the leaders of the Guatemalan National
Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord that ends a 36-year
- December 30 – In
the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.
- December 30 –
Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin
Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers, who shut down
services across Israel.
- December 31 – The Atchison, Topeka and Santa
Fe Railway is merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to
form the Burlington
Northern Santa Fe Railway, making it one of the largest
railroad mergers in U.S. history.
- December 31 –
The Hacienda in Las
Vegas is imploded to make way for the Mandalay
The following are references to year 1996 in fiction:
- January 5 – Max
Baldry, English/Russian actor
- January 5 – Emma Bolger, Irish actress
- January 29 – Megan Jossa, English actress
- February 7 – Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
- February 9 – Jimmy Bennett, American actor
- February 17 – Sasha Pieterse, South African actress
- February 19 – Allen Alvarado, American Actor
- February 28 – Bobb'e J. Thompson, American actor
- March 6 – Savannah Stehlin, American actress
- March 18 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
- April 14 – Abigail Breslin, American actress
- April 17 – Dee
Dee Davis, American actress
- April 25 – Allisyn Ashley Arm, American actress
- July 23 – Rachel G. Fox,
- August 7 – Tessa
Allen, American actress
- August 17 – Ella
Cruz, Filipina actress
- August 21 – Jamia Simone Nash, American actress
- September 12 – Colin Ford, American actor
- September 25 – Jake Pratt, British child actor and comedian
- September 27 – Princess Iman bint Al Abdullah
- October 3 – Adair Tishler, American actress
- October 8 – Kylee Russell, American actress
- October 28 – Jasmine Jessica Anthony, American
- October 28 – Naelee Rae, American actress
- November 3 – Aria Wallace, American actress
- November 22 – Madison Davenport, American actress and
- November 27 – Alexandra Astin, American actress
- December 12 – Karen Miyama, Japanese actress
- December 14 – Gu Yun, Taiwanese singer
- December 22 – Makisig Morales, Fillipino actor
- January 1 – Arleigh Burke, U.S Navy Admiral and Chief of
Naval Operations (b.1901)
- January 2 – Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist and
Holocaust survivor (b. 1915)
- January 5 – Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian terrorist (b.
- January 5 – Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and
impressario (b. 1907)
- January 8 – François Mitterrand, President of France (b. 1916)
- January 9 – Fearless Nadia, Indian actress and stuntwoman
- January 9 – Sultan Rahi, Pakistani film actor (b. 1938)
- January 15 – Les Baxter, American musician and composer (b.
- January 15 – Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho (b.
- January 15 – Amber Hagerman, American murder victim and
namesake for the AMBER alert system (b. 1986)
- January 17 – Barbara Jordan, American politician (b.
- January 18 – Leonor Fini, Argentine artist (b. 1908)
- January 18 – Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian
(Telugu) film actor (b. 1923)
- January 19 – Don Simpson, American film producer (b. 1943)
- January 20 – Gerry Mulligan, American musician (b.
- January 25 – Jonathan Larson, American composer and
playwright (b. 1960)
- January 26 – Duke Georg Alexander of
Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
- January 28 – Joseph Brodsky, Russian-born poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1940)
- January 28 – Jerry Siegel, American cartoonist (b. 1914)
- January 31 – Gustave Solomon, American mathematician and
engineer (b. 1930)
- February 2 – Gene Kelly, American actor (b. 1912)
- February 3 – Audrey Meadows, American actress (b. 1926)
- February 6 – Guy Madison, American actor (b. 1922)
- February 7 – Boris Alexandrovich Tchaikovsky, Russian
composer (b. 1925)
- February 11 – Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (b.
- February 11 – Cyril Poole, English cricketer (b. 1921)
- February 11 – Phil Regan, American actor (b. 1906)
- February 11 – Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet (b. 1930)
- February 12 – Bob Shaw, Irish writer (b. 1931)
- February 13 – Martin Balsam, American actor (b. 1919)
- February 14 –
Eva Hart, British survivor of RMS Titanic (b. 1905)
- February 14 – Bob Paisley, English football manager (b.
- February 15 – Tommy Rettig, American actor (b. 1941)
- February 15 – McLean Stevenson, American actor (b.
- February 16 – Pat Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)
- February 16 – Brownie McGhee, American musician (b.
- February 16 – Roger Bowen, American actor (b. 1932)
- February 17 – Evelyn Laye, British actress (b. 1900)
- February 20 – Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (b.
- February 21 – Morton Gould, American musician and composer
- February 25 – Haing S. Ngor,
Cambodian actor (b. 1940)
- February 26 – Mieczysław Weinberg, Polish
composer (b. 1919)
- February 27 – Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis
champion (b. 1912)
- February 27 – Pat Smythe, British showjumper and author (b.
- March 2 – Lyle
Talbot, American actor (b. 1902)
- March 3 – Marguerite Duras, French author and
director (b. 1914)
- March 4 – Minnie
Pearl, American comedian (b. 1912)
- March 9 – George
Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
- March 10 – Ross
Hunter, American film producer (b. 1920)
- March 11 – Vince Edwards, American actor (b. 1928)
- March 13 – Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film
director (b. 1941)
- March 15 – Olga
Rudge, American violinist (b. 1895)
- March 16 – Charlie Barnett, American actor (b.
- March 17 – René Clément, French film director
- March 18 – Odysseas Elytis, Greek writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- March 19 – Virginia Henderson, American nurse
theorist (b. 1897)
- March 19 – Chen
Jingrun, Chinese mathematician (b. 1933)
- March 25 – John
Snagge, British radio personality (b. 1904)
- March 26 – Edmund Muskie, American politician (b.
- March 26 – David Packard, American engineer (b. 1912)
- March 29 – Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director,
producer, teacher (b. 1926)
- March 31 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American musician (b.
- April 1 – Florence Buchsbaum, Brazilian theater
director and musician (b. 1926)
- April 3 – Carl
Stokes, American politician (b. 1927)
- April 3 – Herk
Harvey, American film director (b. 1924)
- April 4 – Barney
Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
- April 4 – Boone
Guyton, American test pilot (b. 1913)
- April 4 – Larry
LaPrise, American songwriter (b. 1912)
- April 6 – John D. Bulkeley, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, and Medal
of Honor recipient (b. 1911)
- April 6 – Greer
Garson, English actress (b. 1904)
- April 8 – George W. Jenkins, American businessman (b. 1907)
- April 8 – Ben Johnson, American actor (b. 1918)
- April 16 – Lucille Bremer, American actress (b. 1917)
- April 20 – Christopher Robin Milne, English
author and bookseller (b. 1920)
- April 21 – Dzhokhar Dudayev, Chechen President (b.
- April 22 – Erma
Bombeck, American humorist and writer (b. 1927)
- April 23 – P.L. Travers,
Australian writer (b. 1899)
- April 25 – Saul
Bass, American graphic designer (b. 1920)
- April 26 – Stirling Silliphant, American
screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
- May 1 – Luana
Patten, American actor (b. 1938)
- May 3 – Jack
Weston, American actor (b. 1924)
- May 5 – Salli
Terri, Canadian mezzo-soprano (b. 1922)
- May 11 – Nnamdi
Azikiwe, President of
Nigeria (b. 1904)
- May 11 – Rob
Hall, New Zealand mountaineer (b. 1961)
- May 15 – Charles B. Fulton, American judge (b. 1910)
- May 17 – Kevin
Gilbert, American musician, composer, and record producer (b.
- May 17 – Scott
Brayton, American race car driver (b. 1959)
- May 20 – Jon
Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
- May 21 – Paul
Delph, American musician and producer (b. 1957)
- May 21 – Lash La
Rue, American actor (b. 1917)
- May 22 – Seymour H. Knox III, hockey team owner (b. 1926)
- May 24 – Jacob
Druckman, American composer (b. 1928)
- May 24 – Joseph Mitchell, American writer (b.
- May 24 – Enrique Álvarez Félix,
Mexican actor (b. 1934)
- May 25 – Brad
Nowell, American musician (b. 1968)
- May 29 – Tamara Toumanova, Russian dancer and
actress (b. 1919)
- May 31 – Timothy
Leary, American writer, psychologist, and advocate of
psychedelic drug research and use (b. 1920)
- June 2 – John
Alton, American cinematographer (b. 1901)
- June 2 – Ray
Combs, American game show host, and comedian (b. 1956)
- June 2 – Leon
Garfield, English children's author (b. 1921)
- June 3 – Peter
Glenville, English film director (b. 1913)
- June 6 – Kusuo
Kitamura, Japanese Olympic swimmer (b. 1917)
- June 6 – George Davis Snell, American geneticist,
recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1903)
- June 10 – Marie-Louise von Motesiczky,
Austrian painter (b. 1906)
- June 10 – Jo Van
Fleet, American actress (b. 1914)
- June 15 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (b.
- June 16 – Mel
Allen, American sportscaster (b. 1913)
- June 19 – G. David
Schine, American businessman (b. 1927)
- June 23 – Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (b.
- June 26 – Veronica Guerin, Irish journalist (b.
- June 27 – Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (b.
- July 1 – William T. Cahill, America politician (b. 1912)
- July 1 – Margaux Hemingway, American fashion model
and actress (b. 1955)
- July 3 – Raaj
Kumar, Indian film actor (b. 1926)
- July 5 – Erik
Wickberg, Salvation Army general (b. 1904)
- July 12 – John Chancellor, American journalist (b.
- July 12 – Jonathan Melvoin, American musician (b.
- July 13 – Pandro S. Berman, American film producer (b. 1905)
- July 14 – Jeff
Krosnoff, American race car driver (b. 1964)
- July 15 – Dana
Hill, American actress (b. 1964)
- July 20 – František Plánička, Czech
footballer (b. 1904)
- July 21 – Herb
Edelman, American actor (b. 1933)
- July 22 – Jessica Mitford, Anglo-American writer (b.
- July 27 – Jane
Drew, English architect (b. 1911)
- July 28 – Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist
and artist (b. 1908)
- July 29 – Jason
Thirsk, American bass player (b. 1967)
- July 30 – Claudette Colbert, American actress (b.
- August 1 – Tadeus Reichstein, Polish-born chemist,
recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1897)
- August 2 – Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan footballer (b.
- August 8 – Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- August 11 – Rafael Kubelík, Czech-born conductor (b.
- August 13 – David Tudor, American pianist and composer (b.
- August 14 – Camilla Horn, German actress (b. 1903)
- August 20 – Rio
Reiser, German rock musician and singer (b. 1950)
- August 27 – Greg Morris, American actor (b. 1933)
- August 31 – Blaine Johnson, American racecar driver (b.
- September 1 – Vagn Holmboe, Danish composer (b. 1909)
- September 7 – Bibi Besch, Austrian-American actress (b.
- September 9 – Bill Monroe, American "father of bluegrass" music (b. 1911)
- September 10 – Joanne Dru, American actress (b. 1922)
- September 10 – Hans List, Austrian inventor and automotive
pioneer (b. 1896)
- September 13 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor also
known as "2Pac" (b. 1971)
- September 14 – Juliet Prowse, American dancer and actress (b.
- September 15 – Ottis Toole, American serial killer (b. 1947)
- September 16 – Gene Nelson, American dance and actor (b.
- September 17 – Spiro Agnew, American politician, 39th Vice President of the United
States (b. 1918)
- September 18 – Annabella, French actress (b. 1907)
- September 20 – Paul Erdős, Hungarian mathematician (b.
- September 21 – Henri Nouwen, Dutch Catholic priest and author
- September 21 – Geoffrey Wilkinson, English chemist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- September 22 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress (b. 1914)
- September 23 – Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
- September 26 –
Nicu Ceauşescu, son of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceauşescu (b. 1951)
- September 29 – Leslie Crowther, British TV comedian and
game show host (b. 1933)
- October 1 – Pat
McGeown, Provisional Irish Republican
Army member (b. 1956)
- October 4 – Silvio Piola, Italian footballer (b. 1913)
- October 4 – Larry Gene Bell, American convicted felon
- October 4 – Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese film director
- October 6 – Ted
Bessell, American actor (b. 1935)
- October 8 – William Prince, American actor (b.
- October 12 – René Lacoste, French tennis champion (b.
- October 13 – Beryl Reid, British actress (b. 1919)
- October 14 – Laura La Plante, American actress (b.
- October 16 – Eric Malpass, English novelist (b. 1910)
- October 16 – Jason Bernard, American actor (b. 1938)
- October 24 – Arthur Axmann, Nazi German Hitler Youth leader (b. 1913)
- October 24 – Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (b 1911)
- October 27 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor and comedian
- October 30 – John Young, British actor (Monty Python) (b. 1916)
- October 31 – Marcel Carné, French film director (b.
- November 2 – Eva Cassidy, American vocalist (b. 1963)
- November 3 – Abdullah Çatlı, Turkish nationalist
- November 3 –
Jean-Bédel Bokassa of
- November 5 – Eddie Harris, American Jazz musician (b.
- November 10 – Imam Alimsultanov, Chechen bard (b.
- November 12 – Peter Leeds, American actor (b. 1917)
- November 14 – Virginia Cherrill, American actress (b.
- November 15 – Alger Hiss, American State Department official
- November 18 – Zinovi Gerdt, Russian actor (b. 1916)
- November 21 – Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
- November 22 – María Casares, French-Spanish actress (b.
- November 26 – Mark Lenard, American actor (b. 1924)
- November 26 – Paul Rand, American graphic designer (b. 1914)
- November 28 – Don McNeill, American tennis champion
- November 30 – Tiny Tim, American musician (b. 1932)
- December 3 – Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan (b.
- December 6 – Pete Rozelle, American commissioner of the
National Football League (b. 1926)
- December 8 – Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
- December 9 – Mary Leakey, British archaeologist (b. 1913)
- December 10 – Faron Young, American singer (b. 1932)
- December 11 – Willie Rushton, English comedian, actor, and
cartoonist (b. 1937)
- December 13 – Clarence Wijewardena, Sri Lankan
musician (born 1943)
- December 16 – Quentin Bell, English biographer and art
historian (b. 1910)
- December 18 – Irving Caesar, American lyricist (b. 1895)
- December 19 – Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (b.
- December 20 – Carl Sagan, American astronomer (b. 1934)
- December 21 – Margret Rey, American children's author and
illustrator (b. 1906)
- December 26 – JonBenét Ramsey, child beauty queen and
murder victim (b. 1990)
- December 29 – Mireille Hartuch, French singer (b.
- December 30 – Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
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