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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1996: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1996?


Events

  • 01 Dec 1996 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2).
  • 02 Dec 1996 U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
  • 04 Dec 1996 7th Billboard Music Awards
  • 05 Dec 1996 Dreams & Nightmares, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 06 Dec 1996 Mashonaland defeats England in first-class tour match.
  • 07 Dec 1996 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21) lands.
  • 08 Dec 1996 God Said, Ha! closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 09 Dec 1996 Jerry Rawlings is reelected president of Ghana.
  • 11 Dec 1996 Tung Chee Hwa is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.
  • 12 Dec 1996 Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
  • 13 Dec 1996 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 14 Dec 1996 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • 15 Dec 1996 A ski lift accident in the Swiss resort of Riederalp leaves one dead and 18 injured.
  • 17 Dec 1996 At the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the "Option Red" supercomputer is started up, performing one trillion floating-point operations per second, making it the fastest computer in the world. The US$55 million computer uses 9072 Intel Pentium Pro processors with 600 GB memory and 2 terabyte disc storage.
  • 18 Dec 1996 American TV industry executives agree to adopt a ratings system.
  • 19 Dec 1996 Once Upon a Matress, opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances
  • 20 Dec 1996 Apple Computer announces it will buy the NeXT Software company for about US$400 million in cash and Apple stock. NeXT Software CEO Steve Jobs will become an advisor to Apple chairman and CEO Gilbert Amelio.
  • 21 Dec 1996 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning.
  • 25 Dec 1996 Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
  • 26 Dec 1996 Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • 27 Dec 1996 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21.
  • 29 Dec 1996 Dreams & Nightmares closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 30 Dec 1996 Lew Ayres, American screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at age 88 (born 1908).
  • 31 Dec 1996 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.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1996?
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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Knockin' On Heaven's Door / Throw These Guns Away
  2. - Breathe
  3. - One And One
  4. - A Different Beat
  5. - Say You'll Be There

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Country: United States of America

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Scream

Scream

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Wes Craven

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

Country: United States of America

Marvin's Room

Marvin's Room

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Jerry Zaks

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

Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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

I'm Not Rappaport

I'm Not Rappaport

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Herb Gardner

Starring: Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson

Books

Which were the most popular books released in December 1996?
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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.

Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert H. Bork

Slouching Towards Gomorrah

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In this New York Times bestselling book, Robert H. Bork, our country's most distinguished conservative scholar, offers a prophetic and unprecedented view of a culture in decline, a nation in such

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box

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A special anniversary edition of the unforgettable Christmas classic that has touched the hearts of millions of readers: “the most popular holiday tale since Tiny Tim” (Newsweek).Since

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth

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Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel, this exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which the author creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love.

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck

Forever, Erma

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When Erma Bombeck died on April 22, 1996, she left behind something that few writers could hope to bequeath--a written legacy of more than 4,500 columns and twelve bestselling books and