February 1996 calendar

February 1996

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1996?


  • 01 Feb 1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 02 Feb 1996 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA.
  • 03 Feb 1996 The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
  • 04 Feb 1996 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13.
  • 06 Feb 1996 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • 07 Feb 1996 René Préval succeeds Jean-Bertrand Aristide as President of Haiti, in the first peaceful handover of power since the nation achieved independence 192 years earlier; in 1804.
  • 08 Feb 1996 The massive Internet collaboration ''24 Hours in Cyberspace'' takes place.
  • 09 Feb 1996 WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • 10 Feb 1996 IBM's chess computer "Deep Blue" defeats world chess champion Gary Kasparov in the first game of a regulation six-game match.
  • 11 Feb 1996 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio.
  • 13 Feb 1996 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film Private Parts
  • 14 Feb 1996 Violent clashes erupt between Filipino soldiers and Vietnamese boat people, as the Philippines government attempts to forcibly repatriate hundreds of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
  • 15 Feb 1996 At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
  • 16 Feb 1996 1996 Maryland train collision: A Chicago-bound Amtrak train, the Capitol Limited, collides with a MARC commuter train bound for Washington, D.C., killing 11 people.
  • 17 Feb 1996 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • 18 Feb 1996 Daytona 500 race
  • 19 Feb 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • 21 Feb 1996 Soyuz TM-23 launched into orbit.
  • 22 Feb 1996 Bus Stop opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 23 Feb 1996 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup versus Kenya, 207 with brother Steve.
  • 24 Feb 1996 Cuba downs two US planes.
  • 25 Feb 1996 Father closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 26 Feb 1996 Silicon Graphics makes a cash tender offer of US$30 per share for 75 percent of Cray Research stock, for a total cost of US$576 million. The merger is expected to be completed by June.
  • 27 Feb 1996 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India.
  • 28 Feb 1996 38th Grammy Awards: "Jagged Little Pill" - Alanis Morisette wins.
  • 29 Feb 1996 Soyuz TM-23, lands
  • 06 Feb 1996 Birgenair Flight 301 crashed off the coast of the Dominican Republic, killing all 189 people on board. This is the deadliest aviation accident involving a Boeing 757.
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Music charts

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

  1. - One Sweet Day
  2. - Exhale (Shoop Shoop)youtube
  3. - Missing
  4. - Not Gon' Cry
  5. - Sittin' Up In My Room

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Spaceman
  2. - Children
  3. - Anything
  4. - How Deep Is Your Love
  5. - Slight Return


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1996?

Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken

Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot


Swift, Rabelais and Twain are all great satirists. Here's the story: Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations. This is a brutal, but fair, look at America's biggest talk-show host and the rest the Republican right. Written …

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 …

Intensity by Dean Koontz



#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Chyna Shepard is 26 years old and stares out a window at the moonlit sky. Unable to sleep her first night at her Napa Valley family home, she looks out.

The Children'S Book Of Virtues by Michael Hague

The Children'S Book Of Virtues


The perfect companion for William J. Bennett's bestseller, The Book of Virtues. The Children's Book of Virtues provides a storybook that parents and children can enjoy together.

It Takes A Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

It Takes A Village


This stunning edition celebrates the tenth anniversary and includes photos and a new introduction by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.