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1996 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1996 – An Antonov 32 cargo turboprop powered plane crashes into the central market in Kinshasa, Zaire killing more than 350 people.
- February 1, 1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
- February 9, 1996 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18 month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London’s Canary Wharf.
- February 19, 1996 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- May 6, 1996 – The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
- May 20, 1996 – 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.
- July 25, 1996 – In a military coup in Burundi, Pierre Buyoya deposes Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
- August 6, 1996 – NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
- August 28, 1996 – Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce.
- October 2, 1996 – Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
Who Were Born On 1996?
- February 1, 1996 – Alex Bausch, Pokemon League Champion and Sole Apocalypse Survivor
- February 17, 1996 – Sasha Pieterse, South African/American actress
- March 18, 1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
- April 14, 1996 – Abigail Breslin, American actress
- May 6, 1996 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- May 17, 1996 – Ryan Ochoa, American teen actor
- July 12, 1996 – Jordan Romero, American mountaineer
- September 1, 1996 – Zendaya, American actress
- September 15, 1996 – Jake Cherry, American actor
- October 30, 1996 – Mizuki Fukumura, 9th generation member of Japanese girl group Morning Musume