August 1996 calendar

August 1996

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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.

But much more happened on August 1996: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1996?


  • 01 Aug 1996 Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 04 Aug 1996 24th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies
  • 05 Aug 1996 Dallas Cowboys play Kansas City Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
  • 06 Aug 1996 NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, may contain evidence of primitive lifeforms.
  • 09 Aug 1996 Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
  • 10 Aug 1996 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • 11 Aug 1996 Thousand Clowns, closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performs
  • 12 Aug 1996 Breakfast on Fox premieres
  • 13 Aug 1996 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • 14 Aug 1996 A rocket ignited during a fireworks display in Arequipa, Peru knocks down a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35 people.
  • 15 Aug 1996 Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
  • 16 Aug 1996 Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. After a three year old boy falls into the deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female silverback gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue. Video of the ape's actions make her world famous.
  • 17 Aug 1996 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • 18 Aug 1996 The San Jose Mercury News publishes Gary Webb's three-part series on the Reagan CIA's role in crack cocaine importation to fund the Contras.
  • 20 Aug 1996 A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
  • 21 Aug 1996 Hughie, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • 22 Aug 1996 Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
  • 23 Aug 1996 Osama bin Laden allegedly writes "The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places," his first open call for war.
  • 24 Aug 1996 Microsoft releases Windows NT 4.0, with graphical user interface similar to that of Windows 95. The software comprises 16.5 million lines of code. Code-name during development was Cairo.
  • 25 Aug 1996 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
  • 26 Aug 1996 Chun Doo-hwan is sentenced to death, after being found guilty of mutiny and treason.
  • 28 Aug 1996 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants vs. Middlesex
  • 29 Aug 1996 U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are re-nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 30 Aug 1996 The attempted raising of a 15-tonne section of the RMS Titanic fails, as 1,700 spectators, including survivors of the wreckage, watch.
  • 14 Aug 1996 Greek Cypriot refugee Solomos Solomou is shot and killed by a Turkish security officer while trying to climb a flagpole in order to remove a Turkish flag from its mast in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1996?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
  2. - You're Makin' Me High
  3. - Twisted
  4. - I Love You Always Forever
  5. - How Do U Want It

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Wannabe
  2. - Ready Or Not
  3. - Macarena
  4. - Flava
  5. - Killing Me Softly


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1996?

From Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell

From Potter's Field


Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times Bestseller, enters the chilling world Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, and a brave, brilliant killer from her past.

Exclusive by Sandra Brown



Barrie Travis, a good reporter who works at a low-budget TV station when the First lady calls and offers her the chance of a lifetime.

The Tenth Insight by James Redfield

The Tenth Insight


240pages. in8. BrochA(c).

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


In the early morning hours of May 2, 1981, shots rang out from Savannah's grandest mansion. Is it murder? Or self-defense? The shooting and its aftermath were heard throughout the hauntingly beautiful city of shaded squares and moss-hung oaks for …

Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

Servant of the Bones


He is the author of many fantastic universes of vampires and witches. In a major novel, he takes us into the worlds of Jeremiah and Isaiah, and the destruction and rebirth of Solomon's Temple to tell the story about Azriel, …