1996

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1995 1996 1997

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Events

  • The English Patient is released, 9 Oscars.
  • Nevada adopts term limits for its state legislature.
  • Theocratic nightmare in Iran. Iranian Baha'i Musa Talibi is executed for apostasy.
  • Unabomber arrested.
  • China's population is 1,223.89 million.
  • The author of Primary Colours is discovered to be Joe Klien of Newsweek. Remember when people were shocked by the silly little lies of the Clinton administration? The same people refused for years to see the big lies of the second Bush administration.
  • Disney absorbs ABC.
  • Antarctica Environmental Protection Act becomes law.
  • France finally stops nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Timeline

January

  • January 8: François Mitterrand dies.
  • January 11: Hooded, anonymous Peruvian judge sentences American Lori Berenson to life imprisonment with possibility of parole as a hooded secret policeman holds a gun to her head.
  • Januray 17: Phil Schneider is found murdered.
  • January 23: President Big Bill Clinton delivers brilliant State of the Union Address.

February

March

  • March 2: South Carolina Primary.
  • March 5: Junior Tuesday Primary Elections in Colorado, Connecticutt, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington to select 208 convention delegates. Bob Dole collects 185 delegates, Pat Buchanan collects 14 delegates and "average guy" Malcolm Forbes collects 9 delegates.
  • March 7: New York Primary.
  • March 12: Super Tuesday Primary Elections. President Big Bill Clinton collects enough delegates for re-nomination as Democratic Party Presidential Nominee. Bob Dole sweeps Republican primary elections in the "Big Ten" Tuesday voting.
  • March 13: Massacre of school children by gun enthusiast in Dunblane, Scotland leaves 16 children and their teacher dead.
  • March 19: Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Primary Elections: The 73 year old Dole says he is "on his last mission." (Viagra will later tell him differently.) Ironically, the front-loading of the primary season is recognized by all in 1996.
  • March 26: California Primary. The West Coast continues to vote later than everyone else.

April

May

  • May 20: In Romer v. Evans, the Supreme Court overturns Colorado's discriminatory Amendment 2 by a 6-3 majority. This is the first major court victory for gay rights advocates in American history.

June

  • June 17: Thomas Kuhn dies.
  • June 25: Khobar Towers U.S. military barracks in eastern Saudia Arabia destroted by truck bomb, killing 19 and wounding 260.

July

  • July: Romanian nuclear reactor goes on line: Cernavoda-1, a pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) rated at 706 Mwe.
  • July 5: Dolly the sheep is born the first cloned mammal. She dies in 2003.
  • July 15: Slobodan Milosevic is elected President of rump state of Yugoslavia (Serbia plus Montenegro plus Kosovo) by its parliament after Montenegro prevents him from being elected by popular vote.
  • July 19: 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, is opened by U.S. president Bill Clinton. No money is lost making this Olympic Games happen.
  • July 27: The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one and injures 111.

August

  • August 12-15: Republican Convention in San Diego. Pep Rally with a dark side. Conservative ideologues dominate the Platform Committee and remove moderate figures from the speakers' roster. Bye bye Pete Wilson. TX Gov. George W. Bush speaks about a "common sense" Congress on Nomination Night, NY Gov. George pataki nominates Jack Kemp as V.P. and Sen. John McCain nominates Bob Dole as Pres.
  • August 26-29: Democratic National Convention in Chicago. 1990 delegates. Nomination speaches for President Big Bill Clinton by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer.
  • August 11 and August 17: Reform Party Convention(s).

September

  • September 12: Supported by the Pakistani government the Taliban capture Herat.
  • September 25: Son of the former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, Nicu Ceauşescu, dies from cirrhosis of the liver in a Vienna hospital.
  • September 27: The Afghan government in Kabul falls to the Taliban militia. They publicly castrate and kill Afghan President Najibullah.
  • September 27: Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto calls for new elections in the Japanse lower house of parliament.

October

  • October 8-9: Electioneering for the Japanse lower house of parliament.
  • October 20: First elections for the Japanse lower house of parliament under the 1994 Public office Election Law.

November

  • November 5: Bill Clinton and Al Gore win a second term, easily defeating the Republican ticket of Bob Dole and Jack Kemp.
  • November 30: Chernobyl Unit # 1 permanently shut down. Of the four original reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, only Unit # 3 remains on line.

December

  • December 12: Saddam Hussein's son, Uday Hussein, seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
  • December 20: Carl Sagan dies.
  • December 29: Guatemalan government and Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending 36 year old civil war.
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