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1996 Historical Event(s)
- February 19, 1996 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- 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.
- 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.
- June 26, 1996 – Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
- July 15, 1996 – A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
- 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.
- September 27, 1996 – The Julie N. tanker ship crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
- September 28, 1996 – Former president of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is tortured and brutally murdered by the Taliban.
- December 26, 1996 – Start of the largest strike in South Korean history.
- December 30, 1996 – In the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.
Who Were Born On 1996?
- January 5, 1996 – Max Baldry, English actor
- January 6, 1996 – Kishan Shrikanth, Indian film director, actor
- February 7, 1996 – David Castro, American actor
- March 9, 1996 – Darsheel Safary, Indian actor
- April 25, 1996 – Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress
- May 6, 1996 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- May 17, 1996 – Ryan Ochoa, American teen actor
- June 18, 1996 – Jade-Lianna Peters, Chinese-born naturalized American television voice actress
- June 23, 1996 – Charlie Jones, British actor
- August 21, 1996 – Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress