1996: On This Year


1996 (MCMXCVI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1996th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1996 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1996 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1996, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1996, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1996, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1996, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1996.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1996 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1996 known for ?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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1996: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1996, during the 69th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 24/03/1997 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 5 categories honoring the films released in 1996:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1996?

The English Patient
The Oscar for Best Movie went to The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1996?

The English Patient
The Oscar for Best Director went to Anthony Minghella, for the movie The English Patient, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1996?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Geoffrey Rush, for the movie Shine, starring Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd produced in the .

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1996?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Frances McDormand, for the movie Fargo, starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1996?

The English Patient
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Juliette Binoche, for the movie The English Patient, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas produced in the United States of America.
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1996: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

David Ho
In 1996, David Ho was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Ho, a scientist, pioneered much AIDS research.

1996: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1996 were:

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Falling Up


A beautiful collection of poetry and drawings by Shel Silverstein (New York Times bestseller), comes this book.

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.

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 …

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Celestine Prophecy


The #1 International Phenomenon Bestseller - NEW PREFACE

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.

Rat chinese zodiac sign

1996: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1996?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1996 was the Year of the Rat.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Rat sign.

Nobel Prize

1996: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Robert F. Curl Jr.

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Peter C. Doherty
  • Rolf M. Zinkernagel

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • David Lee
  • Douglas Osheroff

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Robert Coleman Richardson

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Wisława Szymborska

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Harry Kroto

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Richard Smalley

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
  • José Ramos-Horta

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • James Mirrlees

1996: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1996 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • William Vickrey
world population

1996: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1996 were Michael, Matthew and Jacob for boys and Emily, Jessica and Ashley for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1996: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1996 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Matthew
  • Jacob
  • Christopher
  • Joshua
  • Nicholas
  • Tyler
  • Brandon
  • Austin
  • Andrew

1996: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1996 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Emily
  • Jessica
  • Ashley
  • Sarah
  • Samantha
  • Taylor
  • Hannah
  • Alexis
  • Rachel
  • Elizabeth

vinyl songs

1996: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1996, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Nobody Knows by Tony Rich Project

1996: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1996 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Nobody Knows by Tony Rich Project
  2. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio
  3. You're Makin' Me High by Toni Braxton
  4. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
  5. Twisted by Keith Sweat
  6. Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman
  7. I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis
  8. Change The World by Eric Clapton
  9. It's All Coming Back To Me Now by Celine Dion
  10. C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train) by Quad City DJ's

1996: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1996, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Killing Me Softly by Fugees

1996: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1996 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Killing Me Softly by Fugees
  2. Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre featuring Bubbler Ranx
  3. Wannabe by The Spice Girls
  4. Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit by Gina G
  5. Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison
  6. Children by Robert Miles
  7. Three Lions by Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds
  8. Say You'll Be There by The Spice Girls
  9. Breathe by The Prodigy
  10. Spaceman by Babylon Zoo

1996: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1996 were:

Two Fat Ladies

Two Fat Ladies

Release year: 1996

Starring: Clarissa Dickson Wright, Jennifer Paterson

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland



Release year: 1996

Directed by: Marcus Scott

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Release year: 1996

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone



Release year: 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1996

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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

Country: United States of America

world population

1996: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1996 was 5,824,891,951 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 45.0% of the total population, which is roughly 2.6 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1996 was an increase of +80.4 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.4% over the previous year.The average population density in 1996 was 24 persons per square mile (or 39 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1996?

Here's what happened in 1996:

  • Jan 1, 1996: After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • Jan 3, 1996: Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone at that time.
  • Jan 4, 1996: Father opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Jan 5, 1996: Miami Dolphins' coach Don Shula announces his retirement.
  • Jan 7, 1996: Crazy after You closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • Jan 8, 1996: Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
  • Jan 9, 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.
  • Jan 10, 1996: Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
  • Jan 11, 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.
  • Jan 12, 1996: Russian troops arrive in Bosnia (joint operation with US).
  • Jan 13, 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.
  • Jan 14, 1996: Holiday closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 16, 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.
  • Jan 17, 1996: The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • Jan 18, 1996: Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in New York.
  • Jan 19, 1996: NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix.
  • Jan 20, 1996: WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • Jan 21, 1996: Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament.
  • Jan 23, 1996: Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test New Zealand versus Zimbabwe.
  • Jan 24, 1996: Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
  • Jan 25, 1996: Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.
  • Jan 26, 1996: Les Miserables, opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • Jan 27, 1996: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber to win Australian Open
  • Jan 28, 1996: Hello Dolly! closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jan 29, 1996: 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.
  • Jan 30, 1996: Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • Jan 31, 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.
  • Feb 1, 1996: The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • Feb 2, 1996: Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA.
  • Feb 3, 1996: The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
  • Feb 4, 1996: NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13.
  • Feb 6, 1996: Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • Feb 7, 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.
  • Feb 8, 1996: The massive Internet collaboration ''24 Hours in Cyberspace'' takes place.
  • Feb 9, 1996: WYNY-FM in NYC changes calls to WKTU-FM
  • Feb 10, 1996: IBM's chess computer "Deep Blue" defeats world chess champion Gary Kasparov in the first game of a regulation six-game match.
  • Feb 11, 1996: 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio.
  • Feb 13, 1996: Howard Stern announces he will be making the film Private Parts
  • Feb 14, 1996: Violent clashes erupt between Filipino soldiers and Vietnamese boat people, as the Philippines government attempts to forcibly repatriate hundreds of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
  • Feb 15, 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.
  • Feb 16, 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.
  • Feb 17, 1996: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • Feb 18, 1996: Daytona 500 race
  • Feb 19, 1996: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • Feb 21, 1996: Soyuz TM-23 launched into orbit.
  • Feb 22, 1996: Bus Stop opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 23, 1996: Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup versus Kenya, 207 with brother Steve.
  • Feb 24, 1996: Cuba downs two US planes.
  • Feb 25, 1996: Father closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Feb 26, 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.
  • Feb 27, 1996: Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India.
  • Feb 28, 1996: 38th Grammy Awards: "Jagged Little Pill" - Alanis Morisette wins.
  • Feb 29, 1996: Soyuz TM-23, lands
  • Mar 1, 1996: Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington and Shap England
  • Mar 2, 1996: Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
  • Mar 3, 1996: 26th Easter Seal Telethon
  • Mar 4, 1996: A derailed train in Weyauwega, Wisconsin (USA) causes the emergency evacuation of 2,300 people for 16 days.
  • Mar 5, 1996: Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Mar 6, 1996: 10th American Comedy Award
  • Mar 7, 1996: Magic Johnson is second NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists.
  • Mar 8, 1996: 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.
  • Mar 9, 1996: STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands
  • Mar 10, 1996: New York City Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
  • Mar 11, 1996: Mark Waugh scores 110 versus New Zealand for his third century of the World Cup.
  • Mar 12, 1996: Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy.
  • Mar 13, 1996: Thomas Hamilton kills 16 kindergardeners, their teacher and himself
  • Mar 14, 1996: Crufts show at NEC Birmingham,
  • Mar 16, 1996: Mike Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno in second round.
  • Mar 17, 1996: Bus Stop closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Mar 18, 1996: A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162 people.
  • Mar 19, 1996: Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson after 38 years of marriage.
  • Mar 20, 1996: Love Thy Neighbor, opens at Booth Theater, New York City
  • Mar 21, 1996: Night of the Iguana opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Mar 22, 1996: STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit.
  • Mar 23, 1996: Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • Mar 24, 1996: 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins.
  • Mar 25, 1996: 68th Academy Awards - Braveheart, Nicholas Cage and Susan Sarandon win
  • Mar 26, 1996: 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.
  • Mar 27, 1996: State Fair, opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • Mar 28, 1996: Katie Beam, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 35th Miss Teenage America.
  • Mar 29, 1996: New York Yankees beats New York Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game.
  • Mar 30, 1996: Prince Edward and girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle
  • Mar 31, 1996: Getting Away With Murder closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • Apr 1, 1996: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM
  • Apr 2, 1996: U.S. Mafioso John Gotti is found guilty of murdering Paul Castellano.
  • Apr 3, 1996: Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.
  • Apr 4, 1996: Inherit the Wind opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 5, 1996: John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
  • Apr 6, 1996: Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
  • Apr 7, 1996: Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic.
  • Apr 8, 1996: Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title.
  • Apr 9, 1996: In a common statement, the European Union officially recognises the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • Apr 11, 1996: Detroit Red Wings become second NHL team to win 60 games in a season.
  • Apr 12, 1996: 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.
  • Apr 13, 1996: En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • Apr 14, 1996: Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games.
  • Apr 15, 1996: 100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9.
  • Apr 18, 1996: Funny Thing Happened, opens at St. James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • Apr 19, 1996: Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs. Orioles
  • Apr 20, 1996: Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season.
  • Apr 21, 1996: Delicate Balance, opens at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • Apr 23, 1996: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • Apr 24, 1996: Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore opens at Belasco for 12 performances
  • Apr 25, 1996: Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, opens at Ambassador Theater, New York City
  • Apr 26, 1996: Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 27, 1996: The 1996 Lebanon war ends.
  • Apr 28, 1996: Big, opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Apr 29, 1996: Rent, opens at Nederlander Theater, New York City
  • Apr 30, 1996: Buried Child, opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • May 1, 1996: Ideal Husband opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 3, 1996: Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 first wickett Yorks versus Glam.
  • May 4, 1996: ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel.
  • May 5, 1996: Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • May 6, 1996: Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • May 7, 1996: Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown
  • May 8, 1996: New York Yankees' pitcher Dwight Gooden wins his first American League game beating Detroit Tigers 10-3.
  • May 9, 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.
  • May 10, 1996: Twister premieres
  • May 11, 1996: Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • May 12, 1996: Inherit the Wind closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 13, 1996: OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.
  • May 14, 1996: New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0.
  • May 15, 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.
  • May 16, 1996: Sammy Sosa is first Chicago Cubs player to hit two homeruns in one inning.
  • May 17, 1996: Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe.
  • May 18, 1996: WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner.
  • May 19, 1996: STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • May 20, 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.
  • May 21, 1996: Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
  • May 22, 1996: Tartuffe: Born Again, opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • May 23, 1996: Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • May 24, 1996: Spy Hard, starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 25, 1996: Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American.
  • May 26, 1996: Laura Davies wins J C Penney / LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • May 28, 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.
  • May 29, 1996: Space Shuttle STS 77 (Endeavour 11), lands.
  • May 30, 1996: 69th US National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling "vivisepulture".
  • May 31, 1996: Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures.
  • Jun 1, 1996: MTV Movie Awards
  • Jun 2, 1996: 50th Tony Awards: Master Class and Rent win
  • Jun 4, 1996: The first flight of Ariane 5 explodes after roughly 20 seconds. It was a Cluster mission.
  • Jun 5, 1996: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis TN on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • Jun 6, 1996: Leighton W. Smith, Jr. resigns as NATO commander in the face of increasing criticism.
  • Jun 7, 1996: Julia and Noah wed on All My Children
  • Jun 8, 1996: 66th French Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats A S Vicario
  • Jun 9, 1996: 66th French Mens Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats M Stich
  • Jun 10, 1996: 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
  • Jun 11, 1996: Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US Senate to run for President
  • Jun 12, 1996: 3 Philadelphia Federal Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet
  • Jun 13, 1996: Freeman in Montana give up to FBI after 81 days
  • Jun 14, 1996: Cable Guy starring Jim Carrey is released
  • Jun 15, 1996: The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes a large bomb in the middle of Manchester, England.
  • Jun 16, 1996: 1st competitive game played on turf in Holland
  • Jun 17, 1996: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse New York on WAQX 95.7 FM
  • Jun 18, 1996: Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.
  • Jun 19, 1996: Boris Yeltsin emerges as the winner in Russia's first round of presidential elections.
  • Jun 20, 1996: Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • Jun 22, 1996: Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavywgt boxing title
  • Jun 23, 1996: Tartuffe: Born Again closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Jun 25, 1996: The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills nineteen U.S. servicemen.
  • Jun 26, 1996: Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • Jun 28, 1996: Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA
  • Jun 29, 1996: An explosion in a firecrackers factory in Sichuan Province, China kills at least 36 people and injures 52 others.
  • Jun 30, 1996: Buried Child closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jul 1, 1996: Kevan James scores 103 and takes 4 wkts in 4 balls, Hants vs. Ind
  • Jul 2, 1996: In Los Angeles, Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Jul 3, 1996: Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland.
  • Jul 4, 1996: Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • Jul 5, 1996: Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, UK.
  • Jul 6, 1996: 103rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: S Graf beats Aranxta S Vicaro
  • Jul 7, 1996: 110th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: R Krajicek beats M Washington
  • Jul 8, 1996: 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.
  • Jul 9, 1996: 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Jul 10, 1996: Harriet the Spy, the first film made by Nickelodeon Movies, is released in cinemas.
  • Jul 11, 1996: Legislation is introduced in Congress to propose the 50 States Coin Program.
  • Jul 12, 1996: Kirby Puckett, retires from Minn Twins
  • Jul 13, 1996: Cigar wins record 16th straight win,
  • Jul 14, 1996: How To Succeed in Business... closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 performances
  • Jul 15, 1996: After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • Jul 16, 1996: 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.
  • Jul 17, 1996: 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of New York City
  • Jul 18, 1996: Battle of Mullaitivu. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army's base, killing over 1200 Army soldiers.
  • Jul 19, 1996: Ireland beats Netherlands in 1st European Championship Final
  • Jul 20, 1996: In Spain, an ETA bomb at Reus Airport injures 53
  • Jul 21, 1996: 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 24, 1996: The Dehiwala train bombing kills 56 commuters outside Colombo.
  • Jul 25, 1996: Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • Jul 27, 1996: Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • Jul 28, 1996: New York Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR
  • Jul 29, 1996: Sarah Balabagan returns to the Philippines.
  • Jul 30, 1996: Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager
  • Aug 1, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 4, 1996: 24th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies
  • Aug 5, 1996: Dallas Cowboys play Kansas City Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
  • Aug 6, 1996: NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, may contain evidence of primitive lifeforms.
  • Aug 9, 1996: Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
  • Aug 10, 1996: Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • Aug 11, 1996: Thousand Clowns, closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performs
  • Aug 12, 1996: Breakfast on Fox premieres
  • Aug 13, 1996: Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 14, 1996: A rocket ignited during a fireworks display in Arequipa, Peru knocks down a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35 people.
  • Aug 15, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 16, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 17, 1996: Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 20, 1996: A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
  • Aug 21, 1996: Hughie, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • Aug 22, 1996: Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
  • Aug 23, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 24, 1996: 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.
  • Aug 25, 1996: 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
  • Aug 26, 1996: Chun Doo-hwan is sentenced to death, after being found guilty of mutiny and treason.
  • Aug 28, 1996: Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants vs. Middlesex
  • Aug 29, 1996: U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are re-nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Aug 30, 1996: The attempted raising of a 15-tonne section of the RMS Titanic fails, as 1,700 spectators, including survivors of the wreckage, watch.
  • Sep 1, 1996: Baltimore Ravens (Cleveland Browns) 1st NFL game, beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14
  • Sep 2, 1996: Michelle McGann wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • Sep 3, 1996: Nintendo releases the Game Boy Pocket portable game system in the USA.
  • Sep 4, 1996: 13th MTV Awards: Alanis Morrisett and Smashing Pumpkins wins
  • Sep 5, 1996: Summer & Smoke opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • Sep 7, 1996: American Hip-Hop star Tupac Shakur is fatally shot four times on the Las Vegas strip after leaving the Tyson-Seldon boxing match.
  • Sep 8, 1996: 7 Guitars closes at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
  • Sep 10, 1996: Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed (it will be ratified 180 days after ratification by 44 Annex 2 countries).
  • Sep 11, 1996: Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 12, 1996: 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.
  • Sep 13, 1996: Phil Simmons scores 171 and takes 6-14 for Leics vs. Durham
  • Sep 14, 1996: New York Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • Sep 15, 1996: Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
  • Sep 16, 1996: 1st one-day international in Canada, India vs. Pakistan at Toronto
  • Sep 17, 1996: Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colo Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field
  • Sep 18, 1996: Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts
  • Sep 19, 1996: Skylight opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • Sep 20, 1996: Leader of Pakistani opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party Murtaza Bhutto is killed during a gun battle with police.
  • Sep 21, 1996: Christie Brinkey gets married for 4th time, she marries Peter Cook
  • Sep 22, 1996: 4th Solheim Cup: US beats Europe 17-11 at St. Pierre Wales
  • Sep 23, 1996: Howard Stern radio show premieres in West Palm Beach Florida
  • Sep 24, 1996: Representatives of 71 nations sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
  • Sep 25, 1996: 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.
  • Sep 26, 1996: Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • Sep 27, 1996: Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Sep 28, 1996: 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team and Sri Lanka
  • Sep 29, 1996: Delicate Balance closes at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • Sep 30, 1996: Congress passes the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997; the Bureau of the Mint is renamed the United States Mint.
  • Oct 1, 1996: Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet with US President Bill Clinton in Washington DC.
  • Oct 2, 1996: 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks and Dunn win
  • Oct 3, 1996: Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
  • Oct 4, 1996: BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • Oct 5, 1996: Caroline Pierce wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
  • Oct 6, 1996: Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • Oct 7, 1996: President Bill Clinton wins the first TV debate with Republican rival Bob Dole.
  • Oct 8, 1996: Irish Republican Army terrorists plant bombs at a heavily secured British army base south-west of Belfast: 31 soldiers and civilians are injured.
  • Oct 10, 1996: Sex & Longing opens at Cort Theater, New York City
  • Oct 11, 1996: Ford buys rights to named Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • Oct 13, 1996: Big, closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • Oct 14, 1996: Braves blow out St. Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • Oct 15, 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.
  • Oct 16, 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.
  • Oct 17, 1996: Taking Sides, opens at Atkinson Theater, New York City
  • Oct 19, 1996: Braves beat the New York Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • Oct 20, 1996: Summer & Smoke closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • Oct 22, 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)
  • Oct 23, 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
  • Oct 24, 1996: Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win
  • Oct 25, 1996: Frank, Brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • Oct 26, 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.
  • Oct 31, 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.
  • Nov 1, 1996: Al Jazeera, known as a multi-language news channel, begins regular service in Doha, Qatar.
  • Nov 2, 1996: Hughie, closes at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • Nov 3, 1996: 27th NYC Marathon won by Giacomo Leone of Italy in 2:09:54
  • Nov 5, 1996: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of
  • Nov 6, 1996: LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7, 1996: 3 Sisters opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • Nov 8, 1996: All 141 people on board a Nigerian-owned Boeing 727 die when the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while approaching Lagos airport.
  • Nov 10, 1996: Rapper Yaki Kadafi, born Yafeu Fula, is shot to death in New Jersey at the age of 19.
  • Nov 11, 1996: Braves John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12, 1996: A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane collide in mid-air near New Delhi, killing 349 in the deadliest mid-air collision to date.
  • Nov 13, 1996: Three Sisters, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • Nov 14, 1996: Chicago, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, New York City
  • Nov 15, 1996: Into the Whirlwind opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16, 1996: Into the Whirlwind closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 17, 1996: Present Laughter opens at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
  • Nov 18, 1996: Frederick Chiluba is re-elected as President of Zambia.
  • Nov 19, 1996: God Said, Ha!, opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • Nov 20, 1996: The 1996 Garley Building fire occurred in Hong Kong, resulting in 41 deaths and 81 injuries.
  • Nov 21, 1996: Rehearsal opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • Nov 22, 1996: OJ Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is absolutely not true
  • Nov 23, 1996: Irebe Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
  • Nov 24, 1996: Juan Darien - A Carnival Mass, opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City
  • Nov 25, 1996: After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
  • Nov 26, 1996: Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • Nov 30, 1996: Herbert Khaury (aka "Tiny Tim") dies of a heart attack at age 64 while performing "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" at a Minneapolis fund raiser.
  • Dec 1, 1996: 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2).
  • Dec 2, 1996: U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
  • Dec 4, 1996: 7th Billboard Music Awards
  • Dec 5, 1996: Dreams & Nightmares, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • Dec 6, 1996: Mashonaland defeats England in first-class tour match.
  • Dec 7, 1996: Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21) lands.
  • Dec 8, 1996: God Said, Ha! closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Dec 9, 1996: Jerry Rawlings is reelected president of Ghana.
  • Dec 11, 1996: Tung Chee Hwa is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.
  • Dec 12, 1996: Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
  • Dec 13, 1996: Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Dec 14, 1996: 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • Dec 15, 1996: A ski lift accident in the Swiss resort of Riederalp leaves one dead and 18 injured.
  • Dec 17, 1996: 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.
  • Dec 18, 1996: American TV industry executives agree to adopt a ratings system.
  • Dec 19, 1996: Once Upon a Matress, opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances
  • Dec 20, 1996: 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.
  • Dec 21, 1996: Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning.
  • Dec 25, 1996: Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Dec 26, 1996: Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
  • Dec 27, 1996: Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21.
  • Dec 29, 1996: Dreams & Nightmares closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • Dec 30, 1996: Lew Ayres, American screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at age 88 (born 1908).
  • Dec 31, 1996: 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.
  • Jan 8, 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.


What does the year 1996 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1996 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 97th year of the 20th century and the 6th year of the 1990s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1995 and precedes 1997.

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