October 1996 calendar

October 1996

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1996?


  • 01 Oct 1996 Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet with US President Bill Clinton in Washington DC.
  • 02 Oct 1996 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks and Dunn win
  • 03 Oct 1996 Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
  • 04 Oct 1996 BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • 05 Oct 1996 Caroline Pierce wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
  • 06 Oct 1996 Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • 07 Oct 1996 President Bill Clinton wins the first TV debate with Republican rival Bob Dole.
  • 08 Oct 1996 Irish Republican Army terrorists plant bombs at a heavily secured British army base south-west of Belfast: 31 soldiers and civilians are injured.
  • 10 Oct 1996 Sex & Longing opens at Cort Theater, New York City
  • 11 Oct 1996 Ford buys rights to named Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • 13 Oct 1996 Big, closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • 14 Oct 1996 Braves blow out St. Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • 15 Oct 1996 Several large strikes begin in various industries across Belgium in protest to the dismissal of the magistrate Jean-Marc Connerotte by the Supreme Court.
  • 16 Oct 1996 Eighty-four people are killed and more than 180 injured as 47,000 football fans attempt to squeeze into the 36,000-seat Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
  • 17 Oct 1996 Taking Sides, opens at Atkinson Theater, New York City
  • 19 Oct 1996 Braves beat the New York Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • 20 Oct 1996 Summer & Smoke closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 22 Oct 1996 New York Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)
  • 23 Oct 1996 New York Yankees set record by coming back from 6-0 in World Series game to beat Atlanta Braves 8-6, also set record of 7th straight road win
  • 24 Oct 1996 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win
  • 25 Oct 1996 Frank, Brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • 26 Oct 1996 The New York Yankees win the World Series for the first time since 1978, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3–2 to win the series in 6 games.
  • 31 Oct 1996 A Fokker F100 operating as TAM Transportes Aereos Regionais Flight 402 crashes into several houses in Sao Paulo, Brazil killing 98 including 2 on the ground.
  • 02 Oct 1996 Aeroperú Flight 603 crashes into the ocean near Peru, killing all 70 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
  2. - I Love You Always Forever
  3. - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
  4. - No Diggity
  5. - Twisted

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Breakfast At Tiffany's
  2. - Say You'll Be There
  3. - Words
  4. - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
  5. - It's All Coming Back To Me Now


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1996?

The Rules by Ellen Fein, Sherrie Schneider

The Rules


Hardcover book in excellent condition, no marks or bent pages. The "Rules" paperback will be provided for free, but it is stained from age.

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 …

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.

Dirt by Stuart Woods



Amanda Dart is loathed and fearful for her poison pen personality and ice queen status. Then, the tables turn.

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle


Dilbert is the creator of the most popular comic strip in America (syndicated in almost 1000 newspapers). This author takes a look at corporate America's glorious lunacy.