The United States attacks Iraq for a second day with cruise missiles fired from two ships and a submarine in the Persian Gulf. Australia is one of few nations to support the United States bombardment of Iraq, while France and Spain decline support.
London police seize 105 white rhino horns in the biggest haul of its kind.
British Prime Minister John Major brings his wife Norma into the limelight as part of a new focus in the Tory campaign.
Two more bodies are discovered beneath the house of paedophile ring leader Marc Dutroux in Belgium.
The United States denies reports that more US missiles have been fired and several people have been killed in Iraq following international criticism of the missile attacks. Secretary of State Warren Christopher travels to Europe in a bid to rally support.
Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph (185 km/h) sustained winds. Fran caused over $3,000,000,000 in damages ($4.95 billion in present-day terms) and killed 27 people, mainly in North Carolina. The name "Fran" was retired due to the extensive damage.
Current events of September 10, 1996 (1996-09-10) (Tuesday)
Ricardo López sends a package, containing an acid bomb, to Icelandic singer Björk with the intention to kill or disfigure her, and then commits suicide. The package is intercepted by the Scotland Yard four days later, before doing any harm.
Current events of September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) (Friday)