1996 in Wales
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|1996 in Wales|
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|1996 in: The United Kingdom • England • Ireland • Scotland|
|Other events of 1996|
- Prince of Wales – The Prince Charles
- Princess of Wales – Diana (until 28 August divorce)
- Secretary of State for Wales – William Hague
- Archbishop of Wales – Alwyn Rice Jones, Bishop of St Asaph
- Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales
- 15 February - The Sea Empress, an oil tanker, runs aground off Milford Haven, causing devastation to the west Wales coastline.
- 1 April - The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 comes into force, creating 22 unitary authorities.
- 3 April - The first EuroHowl is held in Aberystwyth, Wales.
- 29 June - The Prince's Trust concert in Hyde Park, London is attended by 150,000 people.
- 18 July - Howard Hughes is sentenced to life imprisonment at Chester Crown Court for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Sophie Hook at Llandudno 12 months previously. The trial judge recommends that Hughes, 31, should never be released.
- 28 August - The Prince and Princess of Wales, are formally divorced at the High Court of Justice in London, the first time in history that a Prince of Wales has successfully gone through a divorce. By negotiation, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is restyled, Diana, Princess of Wales.
- November - The Owain Glyndŵr Society is founded.
- Michael German is awarded the OBE for his public and political service.
- The Church in Wales ordains its first women priests.
- South Wales Constabulary changes its name to South Wales Police.
Arts and literature
- Sir Anthony Hopkins opens the Cliff Tucker Theatre at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
- Alice Thomas Ellis is sacked as a columnist on the Catholic Herald newspaper because of her attack on the reputation of the late Derek Worlock.
- Steve Balsamo stars in a West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Ffairfach, near Llandeilo)
- National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - R. O. Williams
- National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - David John Pritchard
- National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - withheld
- Wales Book of the Year:
- Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen - Eirug Wyn, Smoc Gron Bach
- Ron Berry - This Bygone
- Ruth Bidgood - The Fluent Moment
- Gillian Clarke - The Whispering Room
- Keith Kissack - The Lordship, Parish and Borough of Monmouth
- Howard Marks - Mr Nice
- Kenneth Morris - The Dragon Path
- Tim Rishton - Liturgisk orgelspill
- Prince Valiant filmed at Gwrych Castle.
- John Cale - Walking on Locusts
- Peter Maxwell Davies - The Doctor of Myddfai (opera)
- Gillian Elisa - Rhywbeth yn y Glas.
- Karl Jenkins - Diamond Music
- Donna Lewis - Now in a Minute
- Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic.
- Heno (Welsh-language news programme, broadcast until 2001)
- The Welsh Football Trust is founded.
- Llansantffraid F.C. win the Welsh Cup and are offered sponsorship by Total Network Solutions.
- 16 January - Dai Ward, footballer, 61
- 7 March - Aled Eames, historian, 74
- 11 March - Sir Granville Beynon, physicist, 81
- 14 March - Dewi Bebb, Wales rugby union player, 57
- 16 March - Harry Peacock, Wales rugby union player, 87
- 14 April - Mervyn Levy, artist and critic, 81
- 27 July - Billy Rees, footballer, 72
- 5 September - Clem Thomas, rugby player, 67
- 24 September - I. E. S. Edwards, Egyptologist, 87
- 26 October - Huw Owen, theologian and academic, 69
- 10 November - Dafydd Orwig, politician and academic, 68
- 9 December
- 29 December - Pennar Davies, poet and theologian, 85
- date unknown