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1996 Historical Event(s)
- January 27, 1996 – In a military coup Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
- February 8, 1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
- February 19, 1996 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- April 18, 1996 – In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.
- 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.
- August 23, 1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'
- September 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.
- September 27, 1996 – The Julie N. tanker ship crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
- October 2, 1996 – The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Who Were Born On 1996?
- January 5, 1996 – Max Baldry, English actor
- January 6, 1996 – Kishan Shrikanth, Indian film director, actor
- January 26, 1996 – Tyger Drew-Honey, British actor
- March 18, 1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
- May 6, 1996 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- June 27, 1996 – Tanay Chheda, Indian actor
- July 22, 1996 – Skyler Gisondo, American actor
- September 2, 1996 – Sungha Jung, South Korean guitar prodigy
- October 30, 1996 – Mizuki Fukumura, 9th generation member of Japanese girl group Morning Musume
- November 13, 1996 – Austin Williams, American actor