1996

Near the turn of a new millennium, 1996 was a year that, while significant in its own right, would ultimately hold great historical and cultural significance in the coming years.

1996

In a major technological development, the chess computer, “Deep Blue,” defeated world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, for the first time. Kasparov would go on to best the computer in a six game series, though. Still, this computer developed by IBM pushed the bounds of technology and prompted the world to think about the budding relationship between humans and technology.

In another development regarding technology, specifically gaming technology, 1996 was the year that the Nintendo 64, or N64, was released. Named because of its 64-bit central processing unit, this gaming system represented another step in game console development and gave the world several memorable games, such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

There were some developments that occurred this year in which the true significance would not be apparent for some time. In literature, author George R.R. Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first novel in his series, A Song of Ice and Fire. While the series of novels would be successful, the world created by Martin would become hugely popular with the production of the HBO series: Game of Thrones, which premiered in 2011.

In television history, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show premiered in 1996, hosted by Craig Kilborn. The show would eventually become an anchor for Comedy Central’s programming after Jon Stewart took over hosting duties in 1999, winning great popular and critical acclaim.

Another, more serious, political development also occurred in 1996: Osama bin Laden declared war against the United States. As a founder of the Al Qaeda terrorist group, bin Laden would go on to lead several attacks against the United States and American allies, the worst of which was the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001.

Discover how the world looked like in 1996

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 69th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

The English Patient

The English Patient

The English Patient

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Country: United States of America

Best director

Anthony Minghella

The English Patient

The English Patient

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Geoffrey Rush

Shine

Shine

Directed by: Scott Hicks

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Best actress

Frances McDormand

Fargo

Fargo

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Juliette Binoche

The English Patient

The English Patient

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1996 ?
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The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Horse Whisperer

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHis name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured …

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle

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The creator of Dilbert, the fastest-growing comic strip in the nation (syndicated in nearly 1000 newspapers), takes a look at corporate America in all its glorious lunacy.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

By:

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and …

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence

By:

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why.

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

The Runaway Jury

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThey are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1996


Peace Prize

  • Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
  • José Ramos-Horta

Literature

  • Wisława Szymborska

Physics

  • David Lee
  • Douglas Osheroff
  • Robert Coleman Richardson

Economic Sciences

  • James Mirrlees
  • William Vickrey

Chemistry

  • Robert F. Curl Jr.
  • Harry Kroto
  • Richard Smalley

Physiology or Medicine

  • Peter C. Doherty
  • Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Country: United States of America

Fargo

Fargo

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Country: United States of America

Sling Blade

Sling Blade

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Country: United States of America

Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Starring: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Country: United States of America

Maachis

Maachis

Directed by: Gulzar

Starring: Om Puri, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Kanwaljit Singh

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1996 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1996


Population statistics

  • Total population: 5.8 billion (5,824,891,951 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 2.6 billion, that is 45.0% of the total population of 1996 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +80.4 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.4%
  • Average density: 39.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1996?


Events

  • 01 Jan After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • 03 Jan Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone at that time.
  • 04 Jan Father opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 05 Jan Miami Dolphins' coach Don Shula announces his retirement.
  • 07 Jan Crazy after You closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • 08 Jan Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • 09 Jan 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 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
  • 11 Jan 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 Russian troops arrive in Bosnia (joint operation with US).
  • 13 Jan 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 Holiday closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 16 Jan 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 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • 18 Jan Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in New York.
  • 19 Jan NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix.
  • 20 Jan WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • 21 Jan Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament.
  • 23 Jan Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test New Zealand versus Zimbabwe.
  • 24 Jan Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
  • 25 Jan Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.
  • 26 Jan Les Miserables, opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • 27 Jan Monica Seles beats Anke Huber to win Australian Open
  • 28 Jan Hello Dolly! closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • 29 Jan 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.
  • 30 Jan Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • 31 Jan 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.
  • 01 Feb The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 02 Feb Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA.
  • 03 Feb The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
  • 04 Feb NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13.
  • 06 Feb Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • 07 Feb 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 The massive Internet collaboration ''24 Hours in Cyberspace'' takes place.
  • 09 Feb WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • 10 Feb IBM's chess computer "Deep Blue" defeats world chess champion Gary Kasparov in the first game of a regulation six-game match.
  • 11 Feb 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio.
  • 13 Feb Howard Stern announces he will be making the film Private Parts
  • 14 Feb 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 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 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 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • 18 Feb Daytona 500 race
  • 19 Feb Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • 21 Feb Soyuz TM-23 launched into orbit.
  • 22 Feb Bus Stop opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 23 Feb Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup versus Kenya, 207 with brother Steve.
  • 24 Feb Cuba downs two US planes.
  • 25 Feb Father closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 26 Feb 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 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India.
  • 28 Feb 38th Grammy Awards: "Jagged Little Pill" - Alanis Morisette wins.
  • 29 Feb Soyuz TM-23, lands
  • 01 Mar Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington and Shap England
  • 02 Mar Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
  • 03 Mar 26th Easter Seal Telethon
  • 04 Mar A derailed train in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, US, causes the emergency evacuation of 2,300 people for 16 days.
  • 05 Mar Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 06 Mar 10th American Comedy Award
  • 07 Mar Magic Johnson is second NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists.
  • 08 Mar The People's Republic of China begins surface-to-surface missile testing and military exercises off Taiwanese coastal areas. The United States government condemns the act as provocation, and the Taiwanese government warns of retaliation.
  • 09 Mar STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands
  • 10 Mar New York City Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • 11 Mar Mark Waugh scores 110 versus New Zealand for his third century of the World Cup.
  • 12 Mar Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy.
  • 13 Mar Thomas Hamilton kills 16 kindergardeners, their teacher and himself
  • 14 Mar Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)
  • 16 Mar Mike Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno in second round.
  • 17 Mar Bus Stop closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 18 Mar A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.
  • 19 Mar Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson after 38 years of marriage.
  • 20 Mar Love Thy Neighbor, opens at Booth Theater, New York City
  • 21 Mar Night of the Iguana opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 22 Mar STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit.
  • 23 Mar Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • 24 Mar 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins.
  • 25 Mar 68th Academy Awards - Braveheart, Nicholas Cage and Susan Sarandon win
  • 26 Mar Fire breaks out at the Pasar Anyar shopping centre in Bogor, West Java. The first death toll estimate is 78 until rescuers notice that 68 of them are mannequins.
  • 27 Mar State Fair, opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • 28 Mar Katie Beam, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 35th Miss Teenage America.
  • 29 Mar New York Yankees beats New York Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game.
  • 30 Mar Prince Edward and girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle
  • 31 Mar Getting Away With Murder closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • 01 Apr Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • 02 Apr U.S. Mafioso John Gotti is found guilty of murdering Paul Castellano.
  • 03 Apr Suspected ''Unabomber'' Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his cabin in Montana, United States.
  • 04 Apr Inherit the Wind opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 05 Apr John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
  • 06 Apr Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
  • 07 Apr Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic.
  • 08 Apr Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title.
  • 09 Apr In a common statement, the European Union officially recognises the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 11 Apr Detroit Red Wings become second NHL team to win 60 games in a season.
  • 12 Apr Jessica Dubroff, aged 7, is killed in a crash near Cheyenne, Wyoming, while attempting to set a record as the youngest person to pilot an airplane across the United States.
  • 13 Apr En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • 14 Apr Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games.
  • 15 Apr 100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9.
  • 18 Apr Funny Thing Happened, opens at St. James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • 19 Apr Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs. Orioles
  • 20 Apr Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season.
  • 21 Apr Delicate Balance, opens at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • 23 Apr Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • 24 Apr Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore opens at Belasco for 12 performances
  • 25 Apr Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, opens at Ambassador Theater, New York City
  • 26 Apr Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • 27 Apr The 1996 Lebanon war ends.
  • 28 Apr Big, opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • 29 Apr Rent, opens at Nederlander Theater, New York City
  • 30 Apr Buried Child, opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 01 May Ideal Husband opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 03 May Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 first wickett Yorks versus Glam.
  • 04 May ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel.
  • 05 May Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • 06 May Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • 07 May Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown
  • 08 May New York Yankees' pitcher Dwight Gooden wins his first American League game beating Detroit Tigers 10-3.
  • 09 May 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 Twister premieres
  • 11 May Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • 12 May Inherit the Wind closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 13 May OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.
  • 14 May New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0.
  • 15 May 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 Sammy Sosa is first Chicago Cubs player to hit two homeruns in one inning.
  • 17 May Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe.
  • 18 May WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner.
  • 19 May STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • 20 May Gay 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 Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
  • 22 May Tartuffe: Born Again, opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 23 May Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • 24 May Spy Hard, starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • 25 May Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American.
  • 26 May Laura Davies wins J C Penney / LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • 28 May 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 Space Shuttle STS 77 (Endeavour 11), lands.
  • 30 May 69th US National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling "vivisepulture".
  • 31 May Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures.
  • 01 Jun MTV Movie Awards
  • 02 Jun 50th Tony Awards: Master Class and Rent win
  • 04 Jun The first flight of Ariane 5 explodes after roughly 20 seconds. It was a Cluster mission.
  • 05 Jun Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis TN on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • 06 Jun Leighton W. Smith, Jr. resigns as NATO commander in the face of increasing criticism.
  • 07 Jun Julia and Noah wed on All My Children
  • 08 Jun 66th French Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats A S Vicario (63, 67, 108)
  • 09 Jun 66th French Mens Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats M Stich (76, 75, 76)
  • 10 Jun 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
  • 11 Jun Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US Senate to run for President
  • 12 Jun 3 Philadelphia Federal Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • 13 Jun Freeman in Montana give up to FBI after 81 days
  • 14 Jun Cable Guy starring Jim Carrey is released
  • 15 Jun The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes a large bomb in the middle of Manchester, England.
  • 16 Jun 1st competitive game played on turf in Holland (in third grade)
  • 17 Jun Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse New York on WAQX 95.7 FM
  • 18 Jun Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.
  • 19 Jun Boris Yeltsin emerges as the winner in Russia's first round of presidential elections.
  • 20 Jun Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • 22 Jun Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavywgt boxing title
  • 23 Jun Tartuffe: Born Again closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 25 Jun The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills nineteen U.S. servicemen.
  • 26 Jun Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • 28 Jun Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA
  • 29 Jun An explosion in a firecrackers factory in Sichuan Province, China kills at least 36 people and injures 52 others.
  • 30 Jun Buried Child closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 01 Jul Kevan James scores 103 and takes 4 wkts in 4 balls, Hants vs. Ind
  • 02 Jul In Los Angeles, Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • 03 Jul Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland.
  • 04 Jul Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • 05 Jul Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, UK.
  • 06 Jul 103rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: S Graf beats Aranxta S Vicaro (63, 75)
  • 07 Jul 110th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: R Krajicek beats M Washington (63 64 63)
  • 08 Jul A schizophrenic man armed with a machete wounds three children and four adults at a primary school in Wolverhampton, England. Teacher Lisa Potts received the George Medal for protecting her pupils, despite being severely injured.
  • 09 Jul 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 10 Jul Harriet the Spy, the first film made by Nickelodeon Movies, is released in cinemas.
  • 11 Jul Legislation is introduced in Congress to propose the 50 States Coin Program.
  • 12 Jul Kirby Puckett, retires from Minn Twins
  • 13 Jul Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
  • 14 Jul How To Succeed in Business... closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 performances
  • 15 Jul After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • 16 Jul An outbreak of E. coli food poisoning in Japan reaches 6,000 fatalities, after a group of school children who have eaten contaminated lunches die.
  • 17 Jul 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of New York City
  • 18 Jul Battle of Mullaitivu. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army's base, killing over 1200 Army soldiers.
  • 19 Jul Ireland beats Netherlands in 1st European Championship Final
  • 20 Jul In Spain, an ETA bomb at Reus Airport injures 53
  • 21 Jul 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
  • 24 Jul The Dehiwala train bombing kills 56 commuters outside Colombo.
  • 25 Jul Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • 27 Jul Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • 28 Jul New York Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR
  • 29 Jul Sarah Balabagan returns to the Philippines.
  • 30 Jul Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager
  • 01 Aug Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 04 Aug 24th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies
  • 05 Aug Dallas Cowboys play Kansas City Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
  • 06 Aug NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, may contain evidence of primitive lifeforms.
  • 09 Aug Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
  • 10 Aug Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • 11 Aug Thousand Clowns, closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performs
  • 12 Aug Breakfast on Fox premieres
  • 13 Aug Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • 14 Aug A rocket ignited during a fireworks display in Arequipa, Peru knocks down a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35 people.
  • 15 Aug Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
  • 16 Aug Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. After a three year old boy falls into the deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female silverback gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue. Video of the ape's actions make her world famous.
  • 17 Aug Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • 18 Aug The San Jose Mercury News publishes Gary Webb's three-part series on the Reagan CIA's role in crack cocaine importation to fund the Contras.
  • 20 Aug A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
  • 21 Aug Hughie, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • 22 Aug Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
  • 23 Aug Osama bin Laden allegedly writes "The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places," his first open call for war.
  • 24 Aug Microsoft releases Windows NT 4.0, with graphical user interface similar to that of Windows 95. The software comprises 16.5 million lines of code. Code-name during development was Cairo.
  • 25 Aug 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
  • 26 Aug Chun Doo-hwan is sentenced to death, after being found guilty of mutiny and treason.
  • 28 Aug Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants vs. Middlesex
  • 29 Aug U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are re-nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 30 Aug The attempted raising of a 15-tonne section of the RMS Titanic fails, as 1,700 spectators, including survivors of the wreckage, watch.
  • 01 Sep Baltimore Ravens (Cleveland Browns) 1st NFL game, beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14
  • 02 Sep Michelle McGann wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • 03 Sep Nintendo releases the Game Boy Pocket portable game system in the USA.
  • 04 Sep 13th MTV Awards: Alanis Morrisett and Smashing Pumpkins wins
  • 05 Sep Summer & Smoke opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 07 Sep American Hip-Hop star Tupac Shakur is fatally shot four times on the Las Vegas strip after leaving the Tyson-Seldon boxing match.
  • 08 Sep 7 Guitars closes at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
  • 10 Sep Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed (it will be ratified 180 days after ratification by 44 Annex 2 countries).
  • 11 Sep Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • 12 Sep Ricardo López sends a package, containing an acid bomb, to Icelandic singer Björk with the intention to kill or disfigure her, and then commits suicide. The package is intercepted by the Scotland Yard four days later, before doing any harm.
  • 13 Sep Phil Simmons scores 171 and takes 6-14 for Leics vs. Durham
  • 14 Sep New York Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • 15 Sep Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
  • 16 Sep 1st one-day international in Canada, India vs. Pakistan at Toronto
  • 17 Sep Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colo Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field
  • 18 Sep Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts
  • 19 Sep Skylight opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • 20 Sep Leader of Pakistani opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party Murtaza Bhutto is killed during a gun battle with police.
  • 21 Sep Christie Brinkey gets married for 4th time, she marries Peter Cook
  • 22 Sep 4th Solheim Cup: US beats Europe 17-11 at St. Pierre Wales
  • 23 Sep Howard Stern radio show premieres in West Palm Beach Florida (WCLB 95.5 FM)
  • 24 Sep U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
  • 25 Sep IBM launches OS/2 Warp 4, in San Francisco, California. New features include Java technology, voice recognition software, and Open32 Win32 APIs. Price is US$249; upgrade is US$149. It is the first operating system to include built-in speech navigation and recognition.
  • 26 Sep Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • 27 Sep Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • 28 Sep 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team and Sri Lanka
  • 29 Sep Delicate Balance closes at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • 30 Sep Congress passes the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997; the Bureau of the Mint is renamed the United States Mint.
  • 01 Oct Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet with US President Bill Clinton in Washington DC.
  • 02 Oct 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks and Dunn win
  • 03 Oct Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
  • 04 Oct BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • 05 Oct Caroline Pierce wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
  • 06 Oct Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • 07 Oct President Bill Clinton wins the first TV debate with Republican rival Bob Dole.
  • 08 Oct 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 Sex & Longing opens at Cort Theater, New York City
  • 11 Oct Ford buys rights to named Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • 13 Oct Big, closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • 14 Oct Braves blow out St. Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • 15 Oct 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 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 Taking Sides, opens at Atkinson Theater, New York City
  • 19 Oct Braves beat the New York Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • 20 Oct Summer & Smoke closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 22 Oct 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 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 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses)
  • 25 Oct Frank, Brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • 26 Oct 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 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.
  • 01 Nov Al Jazeera, known as a multi-language news channel, begins regular service in Doha, Qatar.
  • 02 Nov Hughie, closes at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • 03 Nov 27th NYC Marathon won by Giacomo Leone of Italy in 2:09:54
  • 05 Nov Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of
  • 06 Nov LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 07 Nov 3 Sisters opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 08 Nov All 141 people on board a Nigerian-owned Boeing 727 die when the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while approaching Lagos airport.
  • 10 Nov Rapper Yaki Kadafi, born Yafeu Fula, is shot to death in New Jersey at the age of 19.
  • 11 Nov Braves John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 12 Nov A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane collide in mid-air near New Delhi, killing 349. The deadliest mid-air collision to date.
  • 13 Nov Three Sisters, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 14 Nov Chicago, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, New York City
  • 15 Nov Into the Whirlwind opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 16 Nov Into the Whirlwind closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 17 Nov Present Laughter opens at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
  • 18 Nov Frederick Chiluba is re-elected as President of Zambia.
  • 19 Nov God Said, Ha!, opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • 20 Nov The 1996 Garley Building fire occurred in Hong Kong, resulting in 41 deaths and 81 injuries.
  • 21 Nov Rehearsal opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 22 Nov OJ Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is absolutely not true
  • 23 Nov Irebe Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
  • 24 Nov Juan Darien - A Carnival Mass, opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City
  • 25 Nov After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
  • 26 Nov Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • 30 Nov Herbert Khaury (aka "Tiny Tim") dies of a heart attack at age 64 while performing "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" at a Minneapolis fund raiser.
  • 01 Dec 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2).
  • 02 Dec U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
  • 04 Dec 7th Billboard Music Awards
  • 05 Dec Dreams & Nightmares, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 06 Dec Mashonaland defeats England in first-class tour match.
  • 07 Dec Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21) lands.
  • 08 Dec God Said, Ha! closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 09 Dec Jerry Rawlings is reelected president of Ghana.
  • 11 Dec Tung Chee Hwa is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.
  • 12 Dec Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
  • 13 Dec Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 14 Dec 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • 15 Dec A ski lift accident in the Swiss resort of Riederalp leaves one dead and 18 injured.
  • 17 Dec 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 American TV industry executives agree to adopt a ratings system.
  • 19 Dec Once Upon a Matress, opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances
  • 20 Dec 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 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning.
  • 25 Dec Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
  • 26 Dec Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • 27 Dec Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21.
  • 29 Dec Dreams & Nightmares closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 30 Dec Lew Ayres, American screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at age 88 (born 1908).
  • 31 Dec 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.