1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty.
July - Iraq disarmament crisis: U.N. Inspector Ritter attempts to conduct surprise inspections on the Republican Guard facility at the airport, but is blocked by Iraqi officials.
July 1 - The Northern Territory in Australia legalises voluntary euthanasia.
July 5 - Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.
July 8 - Martina Hingis youngest person in history (age 15 years and 282 days) to win at Wimbledon (Ladies Doubles event).
July 8 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a hand-delivered document, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Security the Realm," spelling out how Israel could abrogate the Oslo Accords, and pursue a permanent annexation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, among other policies. The paper had been prepared for him by Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Doug Feith , David Wurmser and John Bolton.
July 17 - Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound Boeing 747 carrying TWA flight 800 explodes killing all 230 on board.
July 19 - The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, is opened by US president Bill Clinton.
July 27 - The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one and injures 111.
July 29 - The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a US federal court.
July 31 - MIL-STD- 1750A was declared inactive for use in new designs.
Year in topic
January 2 - Karl Targownik, Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist
January 5 - Yahya Ayyash, terrorist
January 8 - François Mitterrand, French politician and President of France.
January 17 - Amber Hagerman, kidnapping, murder victim (b. 1986)
January 17 - Barbara Jordan, politician
January 18 - Leonor Fini, Argentinian/Italian artist
January 20 - Gerry Mulligan, musician
January 28 - Jerry Siegel, cartoonist, creator of " Superman"
February 2 - Gene Kelly, actor
February 3 - Audrey Meadows, actress
February 6 - Guy Madison, actor
February 7 - Boris Chaikovskii , composer
February 11 - Amelia Rosselli , poet.
February 11 - Bob Shaw, science fiction writer.
February 11 - Cyril Poole , English cricket player.
February 11 - Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia ( 1985- 1989).
February 11 - Phil Regan, actor
February 16 - Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California
February 16 - Brownie McGhee, blues singer
February 20 - Toru Takemitsu, composer
February 25 - Haing S. Ngor, actor
February 26 - Moisei Vainberg, composer
March 4 - Minnie Pearl, country music performer
March 9 - George Burns, actor, singer
March 10 - Rosse Hunter , producer
March 13 - Krzysztof Kieslowski, film director
March 17 - René Clément, French film director
March 26 - David Packard, engineer
April 4 - Larry LaPrise, songwriter
April 4 - Barney Ewell, American athlete
April 6 - Greer Garson, actress
April 20 - Christopher Robin Milne, son of A.A. Milne, basis for the Winnie the Pooh character Christopher Robin
April 22 - Erma Bombeck, humorist, writer
April 26 - Stirling Silliphant , writer, producer
May 5 - Salli Terri, mezzo soprano
May 15 - Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
May 17 - Kevin Gilbert, musician, composer and record producer
May 20 - Jon Pertwee, actor
May 24 - Joseph Mitchell, American writer
May 24 - Jacob Druckman , American composer
May 25 - Brad Nowell, musician
May 31 - Paul Peter Piech, artist
June 2 - Ray Combs, game show host, comedian
June 2 - Leon Garfield, children's author
June 6 - Damon Routier , son of Darlie Routier
June 6 - Devon Routier , son of Darlie Routier
June 15 - Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer
June 17 - Thomas Kuhn, philosopher of science
June 19 - G. David Schine, investigator and businessman
June 23 - Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician.
July 1 - William T. Cahill, governor of New Jersey
July 15- Dana Hill, actress
July 20 - Frantisek Planicka, 92, Czech footballer
July 28 - Roger Tory Peterson, naturalist, artist, educator
July 30 - Claudette Colbert, actress
August 11 - Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (b. 1914)
August 13 - David Tudor, pianist and composer
September 1 - Vagn Holmboe, Danish teacher and composer
September 13 - Tupac Shakur, rapper, poet, actor
October 4 - Silvio Piola, 83, all-time highest Serie A goalscorer
November 26 - Paul Rand, famous American graphic designer of corporate logos
November 26 - Mark Lenard, actor
November 30 - Tiny Tim, musician
December 6 - Alvin , commissioner of the "Pete" Rozelle National Football League (b. 1926)
December 11 - Willie Rushton, UK comedian, satirist, actor and cartoonist
December 20 - Carl Sagan - US astronomer
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