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  • Slovenia
    Monday Jan 15, 1996

    Croatian War of Independence

    New UN mission

    Slovenia
    Monday Jan 15, 1996

    The new UN mission was established as the United Nations Transitional Authority for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1037 of 15 January 1996.




  • Prevlaka, Croatia
    Monday Jan 15, 1996

    Croatian War of Independence

    The UNTAES replaced the UNCRO mission

    Prevlaka, Croatia
    Monday Jan 15, 1996

    As the UNTAES replaced the UNCRO mission, Prevlaka peninsula, previously under UNCRO control, was put under control of United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP). The UNMOP was established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1038 of 15 January 1996, and terminated on 15 December 2002.




  • Black Sea
    Tuesday Jan 16, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Turkish passenger ship

    Black Sea
    Tuesday Jan 16, 1996

    On 16 January 1996, a Turkish passenger ship carrying 200 Russian passengers was taken over by what were mostly Turkish gunmen who were seeking to publicize the Chechen cause.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 23, 1996

    Java (programming language)

    Java 1.0

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 23, 1996

    On 23 January 1996, Sun Microsystems released the first public implementation as Java 1.0, which promised Write Once, Run Anywhere (WORA) functionality, providing no-cost run-times on popular platforms.




  • South America-North America-Europe
    Tuesday Feb 27, 1996

    Shakira

    Shakira's First International Tour

    South America-North America-Europe
    Tuesday Feb 27, 1996

    In February 27, 1996, Shakira went on to her first international tour, named simply the Tour Pies Descalzos. The tour consisted of 20 shows and ended in 1997.




  • Cyprus
    Wednesday Mar 6, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Cypriot passenger jet was hijacked by Chechen sympathizers while flying toward Germany

    Cyprus
    Wednesday Mar 6, 1996

    On 6 March, a Cypriot passenger jet was hijacked by Chechen sympathisers while flying toward Germany. Both of these incidents were resolved through negotiations, and the hijackers surrendered without any fatalities being inflicted.




  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 6, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Chechen fighters infiltrated Grozny and launched a three-day surprise raid on the city

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 6, 1996

    On 6 March, between 1,500 and 2,000 Chechen fighters infiltrated Grozny and launched a three-day surprise raid on the city, overrunning much of it and capturing caches of weapons and ammunition. Also in March, Chechen fighters attacked Samashki, where hundreds of villagers were killed.


  • Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 10, 1996

    Dwayne Johnson

    The Brooklyn Brawler

    Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 10, 1996

    Under his real name, Johnson defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show on March 10, 1996. and lost matches to Chris Candido and Owen Hart.


  • Ireland
    Sunday Mar 17, 1996

    St. Patrick's Day

    St Patrick's Festival

    Ireland
    Sunday Mar 17, 1996

    The first St Patrick's Festival was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By 2006, the festival was five days long; more than 675,000 people attended the 2009 parade. Overall 2009's five-day festival saw almost 1 million visitors, who took part in festivities that included concerts, outdoor theatre performances, and fireworks. The Skyfest which ran from 2006 to 2012 formed the centerpiece of the St Patrick's festival.


  • Germany
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1996

    Michael Ballack

    The Germany National Under-21 Team

    Germany
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1996

    On 26 March 1996, Ballack debuted for the Germany national under-21 team against Denmark, shortly after signing for Chemnitzer FC. In all, he played 19 matches for this side, scoring four goals.


  • Lebanon
    Thursday Apr 11, 1996

    Shimon Peres

    Operation Grapes of Wrath

    Lebanon
    Thursday Apr 11, 1996

    On 11 April 1996, Prime Minister Peres initiated Operation Grapes of Wrath.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Arab commander Ibn al-Khattab destroyed a large Russian armored column in an ambush

    Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1996

    On 16 April, forces of Arab commander Ibn al-Khattab destroyed a large Russian armored column in an ambush near Shatoy, killing at least 76 soldiers; in another one, near Vedeno, at least 28 Russian troops were killed.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Apr 21, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Dzhokhar Dudayev assassinated

    Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Apr 21, 1996

    Although a Russian guided missile attack assassinated the ChRI President Dzhokhar Dudayev on 21 April 1996.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 1996

    James Bond

    Cold was published

    United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 1996

    Cold, first published in 1996, was the sixteenth and final novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond.


  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday May 28, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Yeltsin even officially declared "victory"

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday May 28, 1996

    Yeltsin even officially declared "victory" in Grozny on 28 May 1996, after a new temporary ceasefire was signed with the ChRI Acting President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.


  • The Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England
    Saturday Jun 1, 1996

    David Cameron

    Marriage

    The Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England
    Saturday Jun 1, 1996

    Cameron is married to Samantha Gwendoline Cameron (née Sheffield), the daughter of Sir Reginald Sheffield, 8th Baronet, and Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones (now Viscountess Astor). A Marlborough College school friend of Cameron's sister Clare, Samantha accepted Clare's invitation to accompany the Cameron family on holiday in Tuscany, Italy, after graduating from Bristol School of Creative Arts. It was then David and Samantha's romance started. They were married on 1 June 1996 at the Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, five years before Cameron was elected to parliament.


  • Turku, Finland
    Wednesday Jun 12, 1996

    Nokia

    Nokia sold its television business

    Turku, Finland
    Wednesday Jun 12, 1996

    On 12 June 1996, Nokia announced the sale of its television business to Canada/Hong Kong-based Semi-Tech Corporation. The sale included a factory in Turku, and the rights to use the Nokia, Finlux, Luxor, Salora, Schaub-Lorenz and Oceanic brands until the end of 1999.


  • Los Angeles,U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 25, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    the day before the draft

    Los Angeles,U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 25, 1996

    The Lakers were looking to trade their starting center Vlade Divac for a player's draft rights to free up salary-cap space to make an offer to free-agent center Shaquille O'Neal. Bill Branch, the Hornets' head scout at the time, said that the Hornets agreed to trade their draft selection at #13 to the Lakers the day before the draft. Before the trade agreement, the Hornets never considered drafting Bryant. During the draft, the Lakers told the Hornets whom to select minutes before the pick was made.


  • East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 26, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    Drafted directly out of high school

    East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 26, 1996

    Bryant was the first guard ever drafted directly out of high school.


  • Los Angeles,U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    Bryant traded

    Los Angeles,U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    on June 30, Divac relented on his threat and the trade was made final on July 9, 1996, when the league's off-season moratorium ended.


  • Mongolia
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    Mongolian Revolution of 1990

    A Democratic Union Coalition For The First Time Succeeded In Winning The Majority

    Mongolia
    Sunday Jun 30, 1996

    A Democratic Union Coalition co-led by Democratic Party chairman Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj for the first time succeeded in winning the majority in the 1996 parliamentary elections.


  • Turin, Italy
    Monday Jul 1, 1996

    Zinedine Zidane

    Moving To Juventus

    Turin, Italy
    Monday Jul 1, 1996

    Zidane had offers to join Europe's top clubs in the spring of 1996, deciding on a move to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus during the close season.


  • the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York
    Wednesday Jul 17, 1996

    Plane Accidents

    TWA Flight 800

    the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York
    Wednesday Jul 17, 1996

    ِِA Boeing 747-131, TWA Flight 800, carrying 212 passengers and 18 crew, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, shortly after departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight to Paris and Rome. A lengthy investigation concluded that the probable cause of the accident was a short circuit in a fuel tank that contained an explosive mixture of fuel vapor and air. As a result, new requirements were developed to prevent future fuel tank explosions in aircraft.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Jul 20, 1996

    Shaquille O'Neal

    The media announced that O'Neal would join the Los Angeles Lakers

    U.S.
    Saturday Jul 20, 1996

    On the team's first full day at the Olympics in Atlanta, the media announced that O'Neal would join the Los Angeles Lakers on a seven-year, $121 million contract.


  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    Richard Jewell

    The "Town Square" of the Olympics

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    Centennial Olympic Park was designed as the "town square" of the Olympics, and thousands of spectators had gathered for a late concert and merrymaking. Sometime after midnight, July 27, 1996, Eric Robert Rudolph, a terrorist who would later bomb a lesbian nightclub and two abortion clinics, planted a green backpack containing a fragmentation-laden pipe bomb underneath a bench. Jewell was working as a security guard for the event.


  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    Richard Jewell

    A Bag

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    On July 27, 1996, He discovered the bag and alerted Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers. This discovery was nine minutes before Rudolph called 9-1-1 to deliver a warning.


  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    Richard Jewell

    Clearing the Immediate Area

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    On July 27, 1996, Jewell and other security guards began clearing the immediate area so that a bomb squad could investigate the suspicious package.


  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    Richard Jewell

    Bombing

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 27, 1996

    On July 27, 1996, The bomb exploded 13 minutes later, killing Alice Hawthorne and injuring over one hundred others. A cameraman also died of a heart attack while running to cover the incident.


  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday Aug 6, 1996

    First Chechen War

    The Chechens launched another surprise attack on Grozny

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Tuesday Aug 6, 1996

    On 6 August 1996, three days before Yeltsin was to be inaugurated for his second term as Russian president and when most of the Russian Army troops were moved south due to what was planned as their final offensive against remaining mountainous separatist strongholds, the Chechens launched another surprise attack on Grozny.


  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Monday Aug 19, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Ultimatum for Chechen fighters to leave the city within 48 hours

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Monday Aug 19, 1996

    On 19 August, despite the presence of 50,000 to 200,000 Chechen civilians and thousands of federal servicemen in Grozny, the Russian commander Konstantin Pulikovsky gave an ultimatum for Chechen fighters to leave the city within 48 hours, or else it would be leveled in a massive aerial and artillery bombardment. He stated that federal forces would use strategic bombers (not used in Chechnya up to this point) and ballistic missiles. This announcement was followed by chaotic scenes of panic as civilians tried to flee before the army carried out its threat, with parts of the city ablaze and falling shells scattering refugee columns.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Aug 22, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Bad Joke

    Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Aug 22, 1996

    The bombardment was however soon halted by the ceasefire brokered by General Alexander Lebed, Yeltsin's national security adviser, on 22 August. Gen. Lebed called the ultimatum, issued by General Pulikovsky, a "bad joke".


  • United Kingdom
    Wednesday Aug 28, 1996

    Princess Diana

    Divorce

    United Kingdom
    Wednesday Aug 28, 1996

    The divorce was finalised on 28 August 1996.


  • England
    Wednesday Aug 28, 1996

    Prince Charles

    Divorce

    England
    Wednesday Aug 28, 1996

    Within five years, the marriage was in trouble due to the couple's incompatibility and near 13-year age difference. Charles resumed his relationship with his former girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana began one with Major James Hewitt, the family's former riding instructor. In December 1992, British Prime Minister John Major announced the couple's formal separation in Parliament. Charles and Diana divorced on 28 August 1996.


  • Las Delicias, Caquetá, Colombia
    Friday Aug 30, 1996

    Colombian conflict

    FARC Attack on The Colombian Army base in Las Delicias

    Las Delicias, Caquetá, Colombia
    Friday Aug 30, 1996

    In Las Delicias, Caquetá, five FARC fronts (about 400 guerrillas) recognized intelligence pitfalls in a Colombian Army base and exploited them to overrun it on August 30, 1996, killing 34 soldiers, wounding 17 and taking some 60 as prisoners.


  • Russia
    Saturday Aug 31, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Khasav-Yurt Accord

    Russia
    Saturday Aug 31, 1996

    During eight hours of subsequent talks, Lebed and Maskhadov drafted and signed the Khasav-Yurt Accord on 31 August 1996.


  • Serbia
    Sunday Sep 1, 1996

    Slobodan Milošević

    Milošević-Rugova Education agreement

    Serbia
    Sunday Sep 1, 1996

    In the wake of the Albanian boycott, supporters of Slobodan Milošević were elected to positions of authority by the remaining Serbian voters in Kosovo. The boycott soon included education on Albanian language in Kosovo which Milošević attempted to resolve by signing the Milošević-Rugova education agreement in 1996.


  • U.S.
    Monday Sep 23, 1996

    Jim Carrey

    2nd Marriage

    U.S.
    Monday Sep 23, 1996

    On September 23, 1996, Carrey married his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Oct 26, 1996

    Richard Jewell

    Formally Clearing

    U.S.
    Saturday Oct 26, 1996

    On October 26, 1996, the investigating US Attorney, Kent Alexander, in an extremely unusual act, sent Jewell a letter formally clearing him, stating "based on the evidence developed to date ... Richard Jewell is not considered a target of the federal criminal investigation into the bombing on July 27, 1996, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta".


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Nov 3, 1996

    Kobe Bryant

    Rookie Season

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Nov 3, 1996

    As a rookie in 1996–97, Bryant mostly came off the bench behind guards Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel. At the time he became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game (18 years, 72 days; a record since broken by Jermaine O'Neal and former teammate Andrew Bynum), and also became the youngest NBA starter ever (18 years, 158 days). Initially, Bryant played limited minutes, but as the season continued, he began to see some more playing time.


  • Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Monday Nov 4, 1996

    Dwayne Johnson

    Monday Night Raw Debut

    Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Monday Nov 4, 1996

    Johnson debuted on Monday Night Raw as a member of Marc Mero's entourage on November 4, 1996.


  • India
    Monday Nov 4, 1996

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    1996 Andhra Pradesh Cyclone

    India
    Monday Nov 4, 1996

    The 1996 Andhra Pradesh cyclone (also known as Cyclone 07B) was a small but powerful storm that left heavy damage in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It formed on 4 November in the eastern Bay of Bengal. Ahead of the storm, about 225,000 families evacuated, although many towns lacked proper storm shelters. When the cyclone made landfall, it produced strong winds up to 100 km (60 mi) inland, dropped 210 mm (8.3 in) of rainfall across a 40 km (25 mi) region, and flooded over 250 villages along a 60 km (37 mi) portion of the coast. There were 1,077 confirmed deaths with many others missing, although many of the dead were washed into the sea and were unlikely to be found.


  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 12, 1996

    Eminem

    Infinite

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 12, 1996

    Eminem was soon signed to Jeff and Mark Bass's FBT Productions, and recorded his debut album Infinite for their independent Web Entertainment label. The album was a commercial failure upon its release in 1996.


  • Dagestan, Russia
    Saturday Nov 16, 1996

    Second Chechen War

    Bomb destroyed an apartment building housing Russian border guards

    Dagestan, Russia
    Saturday Nov 16, 1996

    On 16 November 1996, in Kaspiysk (Dagestan), a bomb destroyed an apartment building housing Russian border guards, killing 68 people.


  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Nov 17, 1996

    Dwayne Johnson

    Survivor Series (1996)

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Nov 17, 1996

    His first match came at Survivor Series, on November 17,1996, in an eight-man elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor and eliminated the final two members of the opposing team, Crush and Goldust.


  • Newbury, England, U.K.
    Tuesday Nov 19, 1996

    Vodafone

    A Defensive Move

    Newbury, England, U.K.
    Tuesday Nov 19, 1996

    On 19 November 1996, in a defensive move, Vodafone purchased Peoples Phone for £77 million, a 181 store chain whose customers were overwhelmingly using Vodafone's network. In a similar move, the company acquired 80% of Astec Communications that it did not own, a service provider with 21 stores.


  • Dragon Stadium, Porto, Portugal
    Wednesday Nov 20, 1996

    George Weah

    He Was Banned From Six European Matches

    Dragon Stadium, Porto, Portugal
    Wednesday Nov 20, 1996

    Weah was banned from six European matches for breaking the nose of the Portuguese defender Jorge Costa on 20 November 1996 in the players' tunnel after Milan's draw at Porto in the Champions League.


  • Montreux, Switzerland
    Monday Nov 25, 1996

    Freddie Mercury

    A statue in Montreux

    Montreux, Switzerland
    Monday Nov 25, 1996

    A statue in Montreux, Switzerland, by sculptor Irena Sedlecká, was erected as a tribute to Mercury. It stands almost 10 feet (3 metres) high overlooking Lake Geneva and was unveiled on 25 November 1996 by Mercury's father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance.


  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 17, 1996

    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal shoved Dennis Rodman

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 17, 1996

    On December 17, 1996, O'Neal shoved Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls; Rodman's teammates Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan restrained Rodman and prevented further conflict. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that O'Neal was willing to be suspended for fighting Rodman, and O'Neal said: "It's one thing to talk tough and one thing to be tough."


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