January 1996 calendar

January 1996

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1996?


  • 01 Jan 1996 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • 03 Jan 1996 Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone at that time.
  • 04 Jan 1996 Father opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 05 Jan 1996 Miami Dolphins' coach Don Shula announces his retirement.
  • 07 Jan 1996 Crazy after You closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • 08 Jan 1996 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • 09 Jan 1996 First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighbouring Republic of Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.
  • 10 Jan 1996 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
  • 11 Jan 1996 Space Shuttle program: STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.
  • 12 Jan 1996 Russian troops arrive in Bosnia (joint operation with US).
  • 13 Jan 1996 Italy's prime minister, Lamberto Dini, resigns after the failure of all-party talks to confirm him. New talks are initiated by president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to form a new government.
  • 14 Jan 1996 Holiday closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 16 Jan 1996 President of Sierra Leone Valentine Strasser is deposed by the chief of defence, Julius Maada Bio. Bio promises to restore power following elections scheduled for February.
  • 17 Jan 1996 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • 18 Jan 1996 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in New York.
  • 19 Jan 1996 NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix.
  • 20 Jan 1996 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • 21 Jan 1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament.
  • 23 Jan 1996 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test New Zealand versus Zimbabwe.
  • 24 Jan 1996 Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
  • 25 Jan 1996 Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.
  • 26 Jan 1996 Les Miserables, opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • 27 Jan 1996 Monica Seles beats Anke Huber to win Australian Open
  • 28 Jan 1996 Hello Dolly! closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • 29 Jan 1996 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.
  • 30 Jan 1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • 31 Jan 1996 Colombo Central Bank bombing: an explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing at least 86 people and injuring 1,400.
  • 08 Jan 1996 An Antonov An-32 cargo aircraft crashes into a crowded market in Kinshasa, Zaire, killing up to 223 people on the ground; two of six crew members are also killed.
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Music charts

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

  1. - One Sweet Day
  2. - Exhale (Shoop Shoop)youtube
  3. - Hey Lover
  4. - Missing
  5. - Gangsta's Paradise

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Earth Song
  2. - Father And Son
  3. - Breathe
  4. - Jesus To A Child
  5. - One And One


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1996?

The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

The Regulators


Wentworth, Ohio: A small town in Ohio where the Carver children fight over sweets at the E-Z shop. Johnny Marinville, a writer, is the only resident who manages his own business.

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

The Hundred Secret Senses


The author of The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan has written the "wisest and best-loved novel" (Boston Globe). It was set in San Francisco, but Amy Tan also lives in a remote village in Southwestern China.

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

The Lost World


The sequel to Jurassic Park's smash hit, Timeline, Sphere and Congo is now available from the author of Timeline, Sphere and Congo. This thriller has been millions of years in development.

Morning, Noon, And Night by Sidney Sheldon

Morning, Noon, And Night


Harry Stanford, the world's richest man, mysteriously dies while cruising along Corsica's rugged coast on his yacht. A beautiful young woman, who is heir to a portion of the estate and Stanford's funeral in Boston, immediately follows.

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Horse Whisperer


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHis full name is Tom Booker. His voice can soothe wild horses and his touch can heal broken spirits. Annie Graves, a mother of two, has traveled across continents to Montana's Booker Ranch to help her …