1996 in the United States
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|1996 in the United States|
|Years:||1993 1994 1995 – 1996 – 1997 1998 1999|
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Events from the year 1996 in the United States.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- President: Bill Clinton (Democratic)
- Vice President: Al Gore (Democratic)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
- Senate Majority Leader: Bob Dole (R-Kansas) (until June 12), Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) (starting June 12)
- Congress: 104th
- Governor of Alabama: Fob James (Republican)
- Governor of Alaska: Tony Knowles (Democratic)
- Governor of Arizona: Fife Symington III (Republican)
- Governor of Arkansas: Jim Guy Tucker (Democratic) (until July 15), Mike Huckabee (Republican) (starting July 15)
- Governor of California: Pete Wilson (Republican)
- Governor of Colorado: Roy Romer (Democratic)
- Governor of Connecticut: John G. Rowland (Republican)
- Governor of Delaware: Thomas R. Carper (Democratic)
- Governor of Florida: Lawton Chiles (Democratic)
- Governor of Georgia: Zell Miller (Democratic)
- Governor of Hawaii: Ben Cayetano (Democratic)
- Governor of Idaho: Phil Batt (Republican)
- Governor of Illinois: Jim Edgar (Republican)
- Governor of Indiana: Evan Bayh (Democratic)
- Governor of Iowa: Terry E. Branstad (Republican)
- Governor of Kansas: Bill Graves (Republican)
- Governor of Kentucky: Paul E. Patton (Democratic)
- Governor of Louisiana: Edwin W. Edwards (Democratic) (until January 8), Murphy J. Foster, Jr. (Republican) (starting January 8)
- Governor of Maine: Angus King (Independent)
- Governor of Maryland: Parris N. Glendening (Democratic)
- Governor of Massachusetts: William F. Weld (Republican)
- Governor of Michigan: John Engler (Republican)
- Governor of Minnesota: Arne H. Carlson (Republican)
- Governor of Mississippi: Kirk Fordice (Republican)
- Governor of Missouri: Mel Carnahan (Democratic)
- Governor of Montana: Marc Racicot (Republican)
- Governor of Nebraska: Ben Nelson (Democratic)
- Governor of Nevada: Bob Miller (Democratic)
- Governor of New Hampshire: Steve Merrill (Republican)
- Governor of New Jersey: Christine Todd Whitman (Republican)
- Governor of New Mexico: Gary Johnson (Republican)
- Governor of New York: George Pataki (Republican)
- Governor of North Carolina: Jim Hunt (Democratic)
- Governor of North Dakota: Ed Schafer (Republican)
- Governor of Ohio: George Voinovich (Republican)
- Governor of Oklahoma: Frank Keating (Republican)
- Governor of Oregon: John Kitzhaber (Democratic)
- Governor of Pennsylvania: Tom Ridge (Republican)
- Governor of Rhode Island: Lincoln C. Almond (Republican)
- Governor of South Carolina: David Beasley (Republican)
- Governor of South Dakota: William J. Janklow (Republican)
- Governor of Tennessee: Don Sundquist (Republican)
- Governor of Texas: George W. Bush (Republican)
- Governor of Utah: Mike Leavitt (Republican)
- Governor of Vermont: Howard Dean (Democratic)
- Governor of Virginia: George Allen (Republican)
- Governor of Washington: Mike Lowry (Democratic)
- Governor of West Virginia: Gaston Caperton (Democratic)
- Governor of Wisconsin: Tommy Thompson (Republican)
- Governor of Wyoming: Jim Geringer (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Alabama: Don Siegelman (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Alaska: Fran Ulmer (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas:
- Lieutenant Governor of California: Gray Davis (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Colorado: Gail Schoettler (political party unknown)
- Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut: Jodi Rell (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Delaware: Ruth Ann Minner (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Florida: Buddy MacKay (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Georgia: Pierre Howard (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii: Mazie Hirono (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Idaho: Butch Otter (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Illinois: Bob Kustra (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Indiana: Frank O'Bannon (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Iowa: Joy Corning (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Kansas: Sheila Frahm (Republican) (until June 11), Gary Sherrer (Republican) (starting June 11)
- Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky: Steve Henry (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana: Melinda Schwegmann (Democratic) (until January 8), Kathleen Blanco (Democratic) (starting January 8)
- Lieutenant Governor of Maryland: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts: Paul Cellucci (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Michigan: Connie Binsfeld (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota: Joanne E. Benson (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi: Eddie Briggs (Republican) (until January 16), Ronnie Musgrove (Democratic) (starting January 16)
- Lieutenant Governor of Missouri: Roger B. Wilson (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Montana: Denny Rehberg (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska: Kim M. Robak (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Nevada: Lonnie Hammargren (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico: Walter Dwight Bradley (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of New York: Betsy McCaughey (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina: Dennis A. Wicker (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota: Rosemarie Myrdal (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Ohio: Nancy P. Hollister (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma: Mary Fallin (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania: Mark S. Schweiker (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island: Robert Weygand (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina: Bob Peeler (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota: Carole Hillard (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee: John S. Wilder (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Texas: Bob Bullock (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Utah: Olene S. Walker (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Vermont: Barbara W. Snelling (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Virginia: Don Beyer (Democratic)
- Lieutenant Governor of Washington: Joel Pritchard (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin: Scott McCallum (Republican)
- January 7 – One of the worst blizzards in American history hits the eastern states, killing more than 150 people. Philadelphia receives a record 30.7 inches of snowfall, New York City's public schools close for the first time in 18 years and the federal government in Washington, D.C. is closed for days.
- January 19 – The North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The North Cape barge is pulled along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.
- January 26 – Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before a grand jury.
- January 28 – Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys become the first NFL franchise to win 3 Super Bowls in a span of 4 seasons, as they defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. It is the Cowboys' 5th Super Bowl championship.
- February 15 – The U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece comes under mortar fire.
- February 17 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Garry Kasparov beats "Deep Blue" in a second chess match.
- February 24 – Cuban fighter jets shoot down 2 American aircraft belonging to the Cuban exile group, Brothers to the Rescue. Cuban officials assert that they invaded Cuban airspace.
- February 29 – In Lumberton, North Carolina, Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan.
- March 8 – The People's Republic of China begins surface-to-surface missile testing and military exercises off Taiwanese coastal areas. The United States government condemns the act as provocation, and the Taiwanese government warns of retaliation.
- March 19 – In Los Angeles, California, Lyle and Erik Menendez are found guilty of first-degree murder for the shotgun killing of their parents.
- March 25
- April 3
- April 9 – President Bill Clinton signs the Line Item Veto Act of 1996, granting the U.S. president line-item veto power. The Supreme Court of the United States later finds this law unconstitutional.
- April 11 – Jessica Dubroff, 7, is killed in a plane crash in Cheyenne, Wyoming while attempting to set a record as the youngest person to pilot an airplane across the United States.
- April 16 – The NBA's 1995–1996 Chicago Bulls, with Michael Jordan's lead, go on to set a new NBA record for the most wins in a season, achieving their 70th win.
- May 8 – The Keck II telescope is dedicated in Hawaii.
- May 11 – After takeoff from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
- May 20 – Gay rights – Romer v. Evans: The Supreme Court of the United States rules against a law that prevents any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
- May 30 – The Hoover Institution releases an optimistic report that global warming will probably reduce mortality in the United States and provide Americans with valuable benefits.
- June – Iraq disarmament crisis: As Iraq continues to refuse inspectors access to a number of sites, the U.S. fails in its attempt to build support for military action against Iraq in the UN Security Council.
- June 10 – The Colorado Avalanche wins their first Stanley Cup in their first season based out of Denver, Colorado, defeating the Florida Panthers 4 games to none. Avalanche captain Joe Sakic wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
- June 12 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against indecency on the internet. The panel says that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
- June 13 – An 81-day standoff between the Montana Freemen and FBI agents ends with their surrender in Montana.
- June 16 – The Chicago Bulls win their fourth NBA Championship by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in the best-of-7 series 4 games to 2.
- June 25 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi local.
- July 12 – Hurricane Bertha makes landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 storm, causing $270 million in damage to the United States and its possessions and many indirect deaths.
- July 17 – Paris and Rome-bound TWA Flight 800 (Boeing 747) explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board.
- July 19 – The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, begin.
- July 27 – The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills 2 and injures 111.
- July 29 – The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.
- August 1 – Michael Johnson wins the 200m finals of 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in a world-record time of 19.32 seconds.
- August 6 – NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
- August 15 – Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
- August 16 – Binti Jua, a gorilla, saves a three year old boy who fell into the 20 foot (6.1 m) deep gorilla enclosure at Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois.
- August 19 – The invasive species Asian long-horned beetle is found in New York.
- August 23 – Osama bin Laden writes "The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places," a call for the removal of American military forces from Saudi Arabia.
- August 26 – Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law.
- August 29 – U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are renominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
- August 31 – The Big 12 Conference is inaugurated with a football game between Kansas State University and Texas Tech University in Manhattan, Kansas.
- September 3
- Iraq disarmament crisis: As Iraq continues to refuse inspectors access to a number of sites, the U.S. fails in its attempt to build support for military action against Iraq in the UN Security Council.
- The U.S. launches Operation Desert Strike against Iraq in reaction to the attack on Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.
- September 5 – Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph, just weeks prior to the landfall of Hurricane Bertha near the same location. It caused $3.2 billion in damages and claimed a total of 27 lives.
- September 13 – Tupac Shakur dies after being shot on September 7 after attending the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada.
- September 14 – USA wins the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey by defeating Canada.
- September 24 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
- October 2 – The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- October 14 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.62 to close at 6,010.00, the Dow's first close above 6,000.
- October 23 – The O. J. Simpson civil trial begins in Santa Monica, California.
- October 26 – The New York Yankees defeat the Atlanta Braves to win their first World Series in 18 years.
- November 5 – U.S. presidential election, 1996: Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton defeats Republican challenger Bob Dole to win his second term. This election had the lowest voter turnout since 1924.
- November 7 – NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.
- November 15 – State Street in Chicago is re-opened to pedestrian traffic.
- November 16 – Mother Teresa receives honorary U.S. citizenship.
- November 19 – STS-80: Space Shuttle Columbia conducts the longest mission of the Space Shuttle program.
- November 21 – A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
- November 25
- An ice storm strikes the U.S., killing 26 directly, hundreds more from accidents. A powerful windstorm blasts Florida; winds gust to 90 miles per hour (140 km/h).
- The U.S. stock market, especially the Dow Jones Industrial Average, gains at an incredibly fast pace following the 1996 Presidential election. It gains 10 days in a row during the month.
- November 26 – The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the Venetian Hotel.
- December 2 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
- December 6 – The General Motors EV1, the first production electric car of the modern era is launched and becomes available for lease.
- December 20 – Steve Jobs' company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.
- December 25 – JonBenét Ramsey, 6, is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
- December 31
- January 10 - Curren Caples, skateboarder
- January 14 - Dove Cameron, actress
- January 18
- January 22 - Sami Gayle, actress
- January 23 - Chachi Gonzales, dancer, choreographer and occasional actress
- January 27
- January 31 - Joel Courtney, actor
- February 3
- February 7
- February 8 - Isadora Williams, figure skater
- February 9
- February 16 - Jimmy Pinchak, actor
- February 17 - Sasha Pieterse, African-born actress
- February 19 - Allen Alvarado, actor
- February 24 - Quinn Carpenter, ice dancer
- February 28 - Bobb'e J. Thompson, actor
- March 4 - Brenna Dowell, artistic gymnast
- March 5 - Kyle Kaiser, racing driver
- March 6 - Savannah Stehlin, actress
- March 10 - Mia Rose Frampton, actress
- March 18 - Madeline Carroll, actress
- April 3 - Jackson Bond, actor
- April 4 - Austin Mahone, singer
- April 10
- April 14 - Abigail Breslin, actress
- April 16 - Taylor Townsend, tennis player
- April 17 - Dee Dee Davis, actress
- April 21 - Tavi Gevinson, blogger
- April 22 - Taylor DuPriest, television personality
- April 25 - Allisyn Ashley Arm, actress
- May 3
- May 4 - Arielle Gold, snowboarder
- May 5
- May 6 - Dominic Scott Kay, actor
- May 9 – Mary Mouser, actress
- May 14 - McKaley Miller, actress
- May 17 - Ryan Ochoa, actor
- May 20 - Madeline Taylor, actress
- May 22 - Lauren Dinh, figure skater
- May 28 - Elizabeth Price, gymnast and alternate
- May 30
- June 10 - Julian De La Celle, actor
- June 11 - Kaleo Kanahele, volleyballist
- June 12 - Anna Margaret, singer, songwriter and actress
- June 16 - Lily Zhang, tennis player
- June 20 - Claudia Lee, actress, singer and songwriter
- July 8 - Marlon Humphrey, football defensive back
- July 12
- July 17 - Grace Fulton, actress
- July 20 - Cole Morgen, actor and dancer
- July 22 - Skyler Gisondo, actor
- July 23
- July 25 - Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
- July 27 - Ashlyn Sanchez, actress
- July 30
- July 31 - Blake Michael, actor
- August 1 – Cymphonique Miller, actress and singer
- August 2 – Simone Manuel, swimmer
- August 5 – Aaron Shang, Chinese-born American actor and singer
- August 7 – Tessa Allen, actress
- August 10 – Jacob Latimore, singer and actor
- August 21 – Jamia Simone Nash, singer and actress
- August 22 – Michael Graue, actor
- August 23 – David Gore, actor
- August 30 – Trevor Jackson, actor, writer, singer, and dancer
- September 1 - Zendaya, actress, singer, and dancer
- September 12 - Colin Ford, actor
- September 15 - Jake Cherry, actor
- September 18
- September 10 - Austin normal boy
- October 3 - Adair Tishler, actress, model and singer
- October 4 - Ryan Lee, actor
- October 12 – Paulie Koch, wakeboarder
- October 18 - Dorian McMenemy, swimmer
- October 20 - Kyle Kalish, karting driver
- October 23 - Sam Berns, high school student, progeria sufferer and documentary subject, progeria (died 2014)
- October 24 - Kyla Ross, gymnast
- October 26 - Spencer Kane, actor, singer, speaker and songwriter
- October 28
- October 29 - Hannah Miller, figure skater
- November 3 - Aria Wallace, actress and singer
- November 4 - Kaitlin Hawayek, ice dancer
- November 13 - Austin Williams, actor
- November 14
- November 18 - Noah Ringer, actor and martial arts practitioner
- November 22 - Madison Davenport, actress and singer
- November 27 - Robert Andya
- November 28 - Aynsley Lemon, actress
- December 6 – Stefanie Scott, actress and singer
- December 8 - Teala Dunn, actress
- December 9 - Mykayla Skinner, artistic gymnast
- December 11 – Hailee Steinfeld, actress
- December 21 - Kaitlyn Dever, actress
- December 23 - Gabrielle Andrews, tennis player
- December 27 - Jae Head, actor
- December 29 - Dylan Minnette, actor and musician
- December 30 - Sabrina Sobhy, squash player
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See also: Deaths in 1996
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- February 13 – Martin Balsam, actor, died in Rome, Italy (b. 1919)
- July 1 – Margaux Hemingway, fashion model, actress, and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway (b. 1954)
- September 13 – Tupac Shakur, rapper and murder victim (b. 1971)
- September 15 – Ottis Toole, murderer (b. 1947)
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