December 1996 calendar

December 1996

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1996?


  • 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.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • American homicide victim, one of the most famous and frustrating cases of the '90s.

  • Carl Sagan

    American astronomer, astrophysicist, exobiologist, educator, and popular celebrity.

  • Italian-French singer (d. 1996).

  • American sport publicist for the USF before he became the Los Angeles Rams publicist in 1957.

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vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - No Diggity
  2. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  3. - I Believe I Can Fly
  4. - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
  5. - Nobody

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


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



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


Which were the most popular books released in December 1996?
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Remember When by Judith McNaught

Remember When


Until You was Judith McNaught's last enchanting bestseller. It was praised as "brilliantly done" and "completely entertaining... ripe plot twists... a good supporting cast" (Ocala Star-Banner).

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck

Forever, Erma


Erma Bombeck, who died April 22, 1996, left behind a legacy that few writers can hope for: a written legacy of over 4,500 columns and 12 bestselling books.

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

My Sergei: A Love Story


The Olympic gold medalist shares a touching, loving account of her relationship with Sergei Grinkov. This includes their first meeting and subsequent world pairs skating championships.

Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert H. Bork

Slouching Towards Gomorrah


Robert H. Bork is the most prominent conservative scholar in America and offers a vision of a culture that is in decline.

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Celestine Prophecy


The #1 International Phenomenon Bestseller - NEW PREFACE