Friday December 13, 1996

US date format: 12/13/1996, UK date format: 13/12/1996

It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 13, 1996). The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Emily Glazer . In that special week of December people in US were listening to Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton. Scream, directed by Wes Craven, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996 while The Soul'S Code by James Hillman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Out of Sight. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Azrael's Tear or FIFA 97.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 13, 1996?


  • Roman festivals - Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres.
  • R.C. Saints - memorial of Saint Lucy
  • Also see December 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • In the Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, this was the shortest day and longest night, and widely celebrated as such
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  • Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Kofi Annan is elected by the United Nations Security Council the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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Directed by: Wes Craven

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Country: United States of America

Marvin's Room

Marvin's Room

Directed by: Jerry Zaks

Starring: Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro

Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Starring: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

One Fine Day

One Fine Day

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz

My Fellow Americans

My Fellow Americans

Directed by: Peter Segal

Starring: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 13, 1996?
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Top #4 songs in the UK

  1. - Breathe
  2. - One And One
  3. - Knockin' On Heaven's Door / Throw These Guns Away
  4. - A Different Beat

Top #10 R&B songs

  1. - Nobody
  2. - Pony
  3. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  4. - No Diggity
  5. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  6. - What Kind Of Man Would I Be
  7. - You Don't Have To Worry/I'm Still In Love With You
  8. - I Believe I Can Fly (From "Space Jam")
  9. - Falling
  10. - This Is For The Lover In You

Top #1 Latin songs

  1. - Trapecista
Sport Games on December 13, 1996

Sport Games on December 13, 1996


American Basketball
  • Boston Celtics - Indiana Pacers : 94 - 97
  • Chicago Bulls - New Jersey Nets : 113 - 92
  • Denver Nuggets - Washington Bullets : 104 - 108
  • Golden State Warriors - Cleveland Cavaliers : 87 - 101
  • Orlando Magic - Vancouver Grizzlies : 93 - 95
See all Basketball game results of December 13, 1996

Division 2

Football (United Kingdom)
  • Preston - Blackpool : 3 - 0
See all Football game results of December 13, 1996

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Two Fat Ladies

Two Fat Ladies

Starring: Clarissa Dickson Wright, Jennifer Paterson

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dark Skies

Dark Skies

Directed by: Scott Stewart

Nightmare: The Birth of Victorian Horror

Nightmare: The Birth of Victorian Horror

Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1996?


Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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The Soul'S Code by James Hillman

The Soul'S Code


Plato and the Greeks called it "daimon," the Romans "genius," the Christians "guardian angel." Today we use the terms heart, spirit, and soul.

The Laws of Our Fathers by Scott Turow

The Laws of Our Fathers


In Kindle County, a woman is killed in an apparent random drive-by shooting. The woman turns out to be the ex-wife of a prominent state senator and an old acquaintance of Judge Sonia Klonsky, on whose desk the case lands.

Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion by David Brinkley

Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion


Make it easy on yourself - read David Brinkley in Large Print!* All Random House Large Print Editions are published in a 16-point typefaceNo matter how seriously we take our politics,

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon


Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva with E.M. Swift

My Sergei: A Love Story


The Olympic gold medalist offers a poignant, loving account of her life with her long-time partner and beloved husband, Sergei Grinkov, from their first introduction and successive world pairs skating championships, to their storybook romance and marriage, to the fatal …


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Azrael's Tear

Azrael's Tear

Platform: MS-DOS, Windows 95

Genre: Role-playing video game, Adventure, Science fiction

Publisher: Mindscape

Amber: Journeys Beyond

Amber: Journeys Beyond

Platform: Mac OS System 7, Windows 95

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Hue Forest Entertainment (1996) (mail order) Cendant Software (199?) Changeling (199?) Graphic Simulations Corporation (199?)

Chaos Seed

Chaos Seed

Platform: Super Famicom[1] Sega Saturn

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Taito



Platform: Microsoft Windows DOS Game Boy Mega Drive SNES PlayStation Saturn

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Electronic Arts Black Pearl Software (Game Boy)

Destruction Derby 2

Destruction Derby 2

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation

Genre: Vehicular combat, racing

Publisher: Psygnosis

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