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1996 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 1996 – Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
- 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 11, 1996 – After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board.
- June 12, 1996 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against indecency on the internet.
- June 25, 1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen.
- July 18, 1996 – Battle of Mullaitivu. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army’s base, killing over 1200 Army soldiers.
- August 28, 1996 – Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce.
- September 4, 1996 – War on Drugs: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attack a military base in Guaviare, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare in which at least 130 Colombians are killed.
- November 19, 1996 – Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire.
Who Were Born On 1996?
- April 14, 1996 – Abigail Breslin, American actress
- April 25, 1996 – Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress
- May 6, 1996 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- August 17, 1996 – Ella Cruz, Filipina actress
- August 21, 1996 – Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress
- September 1, 1996 – Zendaya, American actress
- October 30, 1996 – Mizuki Fukumura, 9th generation member of Japanese girl group Morning Musume
- November 13, 1996 – Austin Williams, American actor
- December 6, 1996 – Stefanie Scott, American actress
- December 22, 1996 – Makisig Morales, Filipino child actor