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.

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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


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Country: United States of America

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Country: United States of America

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States of America

Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

Directed by: Aleksandr Seryj

Starring: Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov, Saveliy Kramarov

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in December 1996?
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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 …

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.

Dogbert'S Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams

Dogbert'S Top Secret Management Handbook


Behind the closed doors of corporate management lurks a manifesto so devious, so insidious, and of such diabolic power, it has the ability to transform normal human beings into paradigm–spewing zombies.

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth


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.

Say You Love Me by Johanna Lindsey

Say You Love Me


Left penniless and in dire straits, Kelsey Langton realizes that only by allowing herself to be sold at auction canshe rescue her sister's future.