May 1996 calendar

May 1996

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1996?


  • 01 May 1996 Ideal Husband opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 03 May 1996 Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 first wickett Yorks versus Glam.
  • 04 May 1996 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel.
  • 05 May 1996 Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • 06 May 1996 Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • 07 May 1996 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown
  • 08 May 1996 New York Yankees' pitcher Dwight Gooden wins his first American League game beating Detroit Tigers 10-3.
  • 09 May 1996 South Africa's National Party pulls out of the coalition government formed two years earlier, and the African National Congress assumes full political control.
  • 10 May 1996 Twister premieres
  • 11 May 1996 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • 12 May 1996 Inherit the Wind closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 13 May 1996 OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.
  • 14 May 1996 New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0.
  • 15 May 1996 Nine hostages held by the Free Papua Organization in Irian Jaya are rescued after an operation by the Indonesian military; two other hostages are later found dead.
  • 16 May 1996 Sammy Sosa is first Chicago Cubs player to hit two homeruns in one inning.
  • 17 May 1996 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe.
  • 18 May 1996 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner.
  • 19 May 1996 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • 20 May 1996 Civil rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
  • 21 May 1996 Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
  • 22 May 1996 Tartuffe: Born Again, opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 23 May 1996 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • 24 May 1996 Spy Hard, starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • 25 May 1996 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American.
  • 26 May 1996 Laura Davies wins J C Penney / LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • 28 May 1996 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
  • 29 May 1996 Space Shuttle STS 77 (Endeavour 11), lands.
  • 30 May 1996 69th US National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling "vivisepulture".
  • 31 May 1996 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures.
  • 10 May 1996 A blizzard strikes Mount Everest, killing eight climbers by the next day.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Always Be My Babyyoutube
  2. - Tha Crossroads
  3. - Because You Loved Meyoutube
  4. - Nobody Knows
  5. - Ironic

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Fastlove
  2. - Three Lions
  3. - Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit
  4. - Killing Me Softly
  5. - Return Of The Mack


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1996?

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Dr. Seuss's brilliantly wise Oh, The Places You'll go! This is the perfect way to send off grads from high school, college and nursery school. Dr.

Neanderthal by John Darnton



Two former students of a paleoanthropologist disappear in remote Tajikistani Pamir Mountains, in the upper region. They are once lovers, but now rivals, and set out to find him.

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

Undaunted Courage


The definitive guide to Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Louisiana Purchase by the best-selling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day.

Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

Moonlight Becomes You


Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller about a woman who wants to discover the truth behind the death of her stepmother.

Big Girls Don'T Cry by Connie Briscoe

Big Girls Don'T Cry


Connie Briscoe, the bestselling author of Big Girls Don't Cry (Sisters and Lovers), examines the challenges faced by a young black woman who wants to succeed professionally and personally.