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1996 Historical Event(s)
- January 9, 1996 – First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighbouring Republic of Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.
- January 31, 1996 – Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.
- February 3, 1996 – The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
- February 15, 1996 – At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
- February 19, 1996 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1996 – Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
- March 25, 1996 – The European Union’s Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).
- July 17, 1996 – TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
- August 22, 1996 – Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
Who Were Born On 1996?
- January 6, 1996 – Kishan Shrikanth, Indian film director, actor
- January 31, 1996 – Joel Courtney, American film actor
- February 7, 1996 – David Castro, American actor
- April 17, 1996 – Dee Dee Davis, American actress
- June 18, 1996 – Jade-Lianna Peters, Chinese-born naturalized American television voice actress
- July 1, 1996 – Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater
- July 12, 1996 – Jordan Romero, American mountaineer
- July 22, 1996 – Skyler Gisondo, American actor
- September 1, 1996 – Zendaya, American actress
- September 8, 1996 – Krystal Reyes, Filipina actress