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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 27, 1996 – In a military coup Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
- January 30, 1996 – Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
- February 17, 1996 – NASA’s Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
- February 19, 1996 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 24, 1996 – The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
- April 3, 1996 – Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his cabin in Montana, United States.
- July 18, 1996 – Battle of Mullaitivu. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army’s base, killing over 1200 Army soldiers.
- October 11, 1996 – Pala accident: a wood lorry and school bus collide in Jõgeva county, Estonia, killing eight children.
Who Were Born On 1996?
- February 7, 1996 – David Castro, American actor
- February 9, 1996 – Jimmy Bennett, American actor
- March 18, 1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
- May 6, 1996 – Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
- May 17, 1996 – Ryan Ochoa, American teen actor
- June 7, 1996 – Jasper Harris, English actor
- June 23, 1996 – Charlie Jones, British actor
- July 1, 1996 – Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater
- September 15, 1996 – Jake Cherry, American actor
- October 30, 1996 – Mizuki Fukumura, 9th generation member of Japanese girl group Morning Musume