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1996 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXCVI) was the 96th year of the 20th century. 1996 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Monday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1996.
News Events of 1996

Bomb kills 19 US servicemen in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce.

Lady Diana

First democratically elected Palestinian parliament.

NeXT merges with Apple.

IBM chess supercomputer, Deep Blue, defeats Garry Kasparov.


Pop group Take That announce that they are to split.

First democratically elected Palestinian parliament.

Nintendo release the Nintendo 64 in North America.

Mother Teresa receives honorary US citizenship.

Mother Teresa

Oakland school board passes a resolution officially declaring Ebonics a language or dialect.

First direct elections for President held in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Dolly the sheep, the first animal to be successfully cloned, is born in Scotland.

General Motors release the EV1, the first mass-produced electric car of the modern era, and offer it for lease.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the country's capital, Kabul.

Dunblane massacre: 16 primary school children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Watt Hamilton.

Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomer is captured in a cabin in Montana.

Stone of Scone returned to Scotland.

Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.

JohnBenét Ramsey murdered - an unsolved case to this day.

Sports in 1996
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1996 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXVI Olympiad): Atlanta, USA

  • American Football:

    1996 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXX):

    • Winning Team: Dallas Cowboys

    • Losing Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Baseball:

    1996 World Series

    • Winning Team: New York Yankees

    • Losing Team: Atlanta Braves

  • Cricket:

    1996 Cricket World Cup:
  • Soccer:

    1996 Champions League:

    • Winners: Juventus

    • Runners-Up: Ajax

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