Timeline 1996 (A) January to March

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1996        Jan 1, In the US it became illegal to manufacture or import freon, a refrigerant for car air-conditioners, due to its effect on the ozone.
    (SFC, 8/13/96, p.A2)
1996        Jan 1, Bayer Corp. added Betty Rubble to its mix of Flintstone vitamins.
1996        Jan 1, Retired US Admiral Arleigh Burke, remembered for his World War II heroics, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital at age 94.
    (AP, 1/1/01)
1996        Jan 1, Arthur Rudolph (89), German-US rocket Engineer, died. His final years were marked by his forced return to his native Germany from the US because of his earlier involvement with the slave labor that powered the Third Reich's V1 & V2 rocket programs.
1996        Jan 1, Some 100,000 Bangladeshi women rallied to protest Islamic clerics attacks on female education and employment.
    (AP, 1/1/01)
1996        Jan 1, A 7.0 earthquake struck offshore near the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. Seismologist in Japan and Hong Kong measured it at 7.7. A tidal wave killed eight after the quake.
    (WSJ, 1/2/96, p. A-1)(WSJ, 1/3/96, p.A-1)
1996        Jan 1, Two buses collided in northern Mexico, killing 25 people.
    (AP, 1/1/01)

1996        Jan 2, Former Interior Secretary James Watt pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of attempting to sway a grand jury investigating 1980s influence-peddling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Watt was later fined and sentenced to five years probation.
    (AP, 1/2/01)
1996        Jan 2, AT&T announced it would eliminate 40,000 jobs, mostly through layoffs.
    (AP, 1/2/01)
1996        Jan 2, A strong earthquake struck Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. The Chinese measured it at 7.2 on the Richter scale. It was followed by the eruption of a volcano.
    (WSJ, 1/3/96, p.A-1)

1996        Jan 3, As a partial government shutdown spilled into its record 19th day, stubborn House Republicans rebuffed a Senate bill that would have immediately returned idled federal workers to their jobs.
    (AP, 1/3/01)
1996        Jan 3, US House speaker Newt Gingrich hired Christina Jeffrey to the post of historian for the House of Representatives.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)

1996        Jan 4, Bowing to pressure from NATO and the United States, Bosnian Serbs freed 16 civilians who had entered Serb-held territory after NATO forces had declared roads in Bosnia open to all.
    (AP, 1/4/01)
1996        Jan 4, The Boeing Sikorsky Comanche helicopter was unveiled.
    (NPub, 2002, p.26)
1996        Jan 4, Ramon Vinay (83), operatic tenor, baritone, died.

1996        Jan 5, An end to a three-week-old partial US government shutdown was in sight as the House acted to restore the jobs and wages of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
    (AP, 1/5/01)
1996        Jan 5, Lawyers for Hillary Rodham Clinton released sought-after billing records that were discovered the day before in a White House office.
    (AP, 1/5/01)
1996        Jan 5, US retailers posted their worst holiday sales since 1990.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        Jan 5, Lincoln Kirstein (b.1906), American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City, died. In 1946 Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, renamed the New York City Ballet in 1948. Together they made this one of the most innovative dance companies in the world. His books included the 1932 novel Flesh Is Heir, a historical romance. In 2007 Martin Duberman authored The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Kirstein)(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.P18)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M3)
1996        Jan 5, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama resigned.
    (AP, 1/5/01)

1996        Jan 6, President Clinton, bowing to months of Republican demands, offered a seven-year balanced-budget plan using Congressional Budget Office figures.
    (AP, 1/6/01)
1996        Jan 6, Republican candidates kicked off the 1996 presidential campaign year by shadowboxing with absent front-runner Bob Dole at a televised debate in Columbia, South Carolina.
    (AP, 1/6/01)
1996        Jan 6, In Iraq Saddam Hussein decreed economic austerity measures to cope with soaring inflation and widespread shortages caused by UN sanctions.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996        Jan 6, In Gaza Yehiyeh Ayyash, a Hamas bomb-maker known as "the engineer" was assassinated by an explosives-rigged cellular phone. The operation was attributed to Israel.
    (SFC, 4/2/98, p.A12)(SFC, 3/23/04, p.A11)

1996        Jan 7, "Crazy After You" closed at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1622 performances.
1996        Jan 7, Pres. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, engaged in a 5th sexual encounter at the White House.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996        Jan 7, Republicans rejected President Clintons budget plan and warned they would close government programs they didnt like if there were no agreement on a budget plan in the next few weeks.
    (AP, 1/7/01)
1996        Jan 7, A major blizzard, one of the worst in the century, paralyzed the Eastern United States. More than 100 deaths were later blamed on the severe weather.
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    (WSJ, 1/8/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(AP, 1/7/01)

1996        Jan 8, Federal employees who had been out of work for weeks while the government was shut down began returning to their jobs; however, along the East Coast, many government workers were idled by a huge blizzard that had paralyzed the nations capital and caused at least 50 deaths.
    (AP, 1/8/01)(MC, 1/8/02)
1996        Jan 8, In a low turnout for presidential elections in Guatemala, Alvaro Arzu, a conservative former foreign minister, beat Alfonso Portillo, backed by ex-dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, by less than 3 %.
    (WSJ, 1/8/96, p.A-1)
1996         Jan 8, Francois Mitterrand (79), former Socialist president of France (1981-1995), died of prostate cancer. He had been in office for 14 years and helped to make France an engine of European unity and changed the face of Paris with his grand projects. In 2013 Philip Short authored Mitterrand: A Study in Ambiguity.
    (WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 10/24/96, p.C3)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.83)
1996         Jan 8, Japan's Trade Minister Hashimoto was endorsed by the ruling coalition to become prime minister.
    (WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1)
1996        Jan 8, A Russian-made Antonov-32 skidded into a crowded marketplace shortly after take-off in Kinshasa in Zaire (Congo) and killed at least 350 people. The twin-turboprop was owned by African Air and was overweight when it took off. At least 470 people were injured.
    (WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1996        Jan 9, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders broke off budget talks. President Clinton vetoed a Republican welfare overhaul bill.
    (AP, 1/9/01)
1996        Jan 9, US House Speaker fired Christina Jeffery as historian for the House under political pressure based on knowingly false allegations of anti-Semitism by Rep. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.).
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1996        Jan 9, Felix Gonzalez-Torres (b.1957), Cuba-born artist, died in Miami of AIDS related complications. He was known for his quiet, minimal installations and sculptures. He was selected posthumously to be the official American representative to the 2007 Venice Bienalle.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9lix_Gonz%C3%A1lez-Torres)(Econ, 9/24/11, p.105)
1996         Jan 9, Chechen rebels under Salman Raduyev seized a hospital in the southern Russian city of Kizlyar and took up to three-thousand hostages. The rebels released all but about 160 hostages the next day, using the remaining captives as a shield against Russian troops. At least 40 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 1/10/96, p. A-12)(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/9/01)
1996         Jan 9, In Turkey Ozdemir Sabanci (b.1941) was killed along with his secretary and another colleague in an attack on the Istanbul headquarters of Sabanci Holding. The Marxist DHKP-C claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)

1996        Jan 10, Chechen rebels seized as many as 3,000 hostages in the Russian Republic of Dagestan.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        Jan 10, Russian troops allowed a convoy of Chechen rebels and 160 hostages to head for Chechnya, then surrounded them in the village of Pervomayskaya. After a five-day standoff, Russian troops launched a massive military assault that resulted in the deaths of most of the rebels and some of the hostages.
    (AP, 1/10/01)

1996        Jan 11, Addressing pointed questions about the first lady, President Clinton offered a rousing defense of his wife, Hillary, during a news conference.
    (AP, 1/11/01)
1996        Jan 11, The space shuttle "Endeavour" blasted off on a nine-day mission.
    (AP, 1/11/01)
1996        Jan 11, The Little Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Green Co., Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jan 11, The Mt. Zoar Baptist Church in Green Co., Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jan 11, Ryutaro Hashimoto was chosen the new prime minister of Japan.
    (AP, 1/11/01)
1996        Jan 11, Funeral services were held for former French president Francois Mitterrand.
    (AP, 1/11/01)
1996        Jan 11, In Peru Lori Berenson was sentenced to life in prison. In 2000 a military tribunal overturned the life sentence and opened the way for a civilian trial.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A10) (WSJ, 8/28/00, p.A1)

1996        Jan 12, Chechen fighters holding more than 100 hostages in the Russian village of Pervomayskaya freed about a dozen of their captives and pledged to release the rest if four top Russian officials took their place.
    (AP, 1/12/01)

1996        Jan 13, President Clinton paid a front-line visit to American forces in Bosnia, praising the troops as "warriors for peace."
    (AP, 1/13/01)
1996        Jan 13, Nine Republican presidential hopefuls debated in Des Moines, Iowa, where front-runner Bob Dole and flat-tax champion Steve Forbes found themselves facing repeated, bristling criticism.
    (AP, 1/13/01)

1996        Jan 14, The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 20-to-16, to win the AFC championship. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers, 38-to-27, to win the NFC championship.
    (AP, 1/14/01)
1996        Jan 14, Eric Briault (84), English educationalist, died.
1996        Jan 14, Several thousand government, Serb and Croat troops withdrew from their front-line trenches and bunkers across central and northeastern Bosnia, beating a deadline to create buffer zones.
    (AP, 1/14/01)

1996        Jan 15, In San Jose, Ca., Romel Reid, was arrested and later indicted  on 23 accounts of rape.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, p.E2)
1996        Jan 15, Juan Garcia Abrego, a top drug suspect, was arrested and deported to the US for trial. He allegedly headed a syndicate with links to cocaine operations in Colombia. Horacio Brunt, Mexican policeman, collared Juan Garcia Abrego, a Mexican drug kingpin. He was sentenced to 11 life terms in 1997.
    (WSJ, 1/16/96, p. A-1)(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A3)
1996        Jan 15, Risking the lives of more than 100 hostages in an effort to wipe out their Chechen rebel captors, the Russian military hurled rockets and shells at the tiny village of Pervomayskaya.
    (AP, 1/15/01)

1996        Jan 16, Chechens hijacked a ferry with 165 passengers and crew from the Turkish port of Trabzon bound for the Russian city of Sochi. Gunmen in Trabzon, Turkey, hijacked a Black Sea ferry with more than 200 people on board, and demanded that Russian troops stop fighting Chechen rebels in Pervomayskaya. The hostages were released three days later after the Russian troops stormed Pervomaiskoye.
    (WSJ, 1/17/96, p.A-1)(AP, 1/16/01)
1996         Jan 16, Greece's ailing PM Andreas Papandreou resigned.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Papandreou)(WSJ, 1/16/96, p. A-1)

1996        Jan 17, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were handed long prison sentences for plotting to blow up New York-area landmarks.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1996        Jan 17, Former US Representative Barbara Jordan died in Austin, Texas, at age 59.
    (AP, 1/17/01)
1996        Jan 17, In Spain ETA abducted a prison officer and held him for 532 days.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
1996        Jan 17, Russian forces unleashed a scorching barrage of rockets on Chechen rebels in Pervomayskaya.
    (AP, 1/17/01)

1996        Jan 18, Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.
    (AP, 1/18/98)
1996        Jan 18, Minnesota Fats (82), born as Rudolf Wanderone Jr., billiard hustler, died.
1996         Jan 18, Greek Socialists elected Costas Simitis to succeed Andreas Papandreou as prime minister.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Papandreou)    (WSJ, 1/19/96, p.A-1)
1996        Jan 18, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced that 82 hostages were freed when his forces wiped out Chechen fighters in Pervomayskaya, ending a weeklong standoff; however, he said 18 other hostages were missing.
    (AP, 1/18/01)

1996        Jan 19, The Bosnian peace agreement suffered its first setback as a planned nationwide prisoner release fell far short of its goal.
    (AP, 1/19/01)
1996        Jan 19, A ferry sank in a storm off Sumatra, Indonesia, killing about 340 people.
    (AP, 2/3/06)

1996        Jan 20, The space shuttle "Endeavour" landed after a nine-day mission that included snaring a Japanese satellite.
    (AP, 1/20/01)
1996        Jan 20, US Ambassador Swanee Hunt gave the Austrian government a list of sites where weapons were stockpiled by the US in the 1950s as a precaution against a Soviet takeover.
    (FB, 9/12/96, p.A9)
1996         Jan 20, Yasser Arafat was elected president in the first Palestinian elections. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians turned out to vote in the festive first election, solidly endorsing Arafat and his peace policies.
    (WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A6)(AP, 1/20/01)

1996        Jan 21, At the 53rd annual Golden Globes, "Sense and Sensibility" won best dramatic picture; "Babe" won best comedy; best dramatic acting awards went to Nicolas Cage for "Leaving Las Vegas" and Sharon Stone for "Casino," while awards for acting in a comedy or musical went to Nicole Kidman for "To Die For" and John Travolta for "Get Shorty."
    (AP, 1/21/01)
1996        Jan 21, Jonathon Larson (d.1/25/96), composer of Rent, began complaining of chest pains. Doctors at the emergency room of Cabrini Hosp. said he probably had food poisoning and pumped his stomach before sending him home. An X-ray was taken but it was read by a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.E4)

1996        Jan 22, Clinton declared Pennsylvania a disaster area after floods on the Susquehanna and other rivers killed 8 and forced a 100,000 people to leave their homes.
    (WSJ, 1/22/96, p.A-1)
1996        Jan 22, The White House announced that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had been subpoenaed by the Whitewater special prosecutor to testify before a grand jury investigating the mysterious discovery of her law firm billing records in the White House residence.
    (AP, 1/22/01)
1996        Jan 22, O.J. Simpson testified for the first time since the killings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman, as he gave a videotaped deposition for a wrongful death lawsuit.
    (AP, 1/22/01)

1996        Jan 23, Delivering his State of the Union address to a skeptical Republican Congress, President Clinton traced the themes of his re-election campaign and confronted GOP lawmakers on the budget, demanding they "neverever" shut down the government again.
    (AP, 1/23/01)
1996        Jan 23, The US Army disclosed that it had 30,000 tons of chemical weapons stored in Utah, Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon.
    (WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-1)
1996        Jan 23, Sandra Jensen became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a new heart and Lungs. The surgery was done at Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 1/31/97, p.A19)
1996        Jan 23, Marvin and Kay Lichtman were murdered and their 22-room mansion was burned during a robbery in the wealthy Illinois suburb of Barrington Hills. In 2005 Peter Hommerson, a fugitive charged with killing a wealthy Illinois couple, was captured at a Mexican resort after tourists recognized him from a crime watch television program.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
1996        Jan 23, France acknowledged that its nuclear testing had caused leaks of radioactive materials in the South Pacific.
    (WSJ, 1/25/96, A-1)

1996        Jan 24, The FDA approved a fat substitute to be marketed by Proctor and Gamble under the name Olestra. It is know to cause abdominal cramps but not to a medically significant degree.
    (WSJ, 1/25/96, A-1)(AP, 1/24/01)
1996        Jan 24, Specialist Michael New was discharged from the US Army after a court-martial jury convicted him for refusing to wear a UN beret for a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 1/24/01)
1996        Jan 24, Jonathon Larson, composer of Rent, was taken to St. Vincents hospital emergency room in NYC and discharged with a diagnosis of a probable virus.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.E4)

1996        Jan 25, With Republicans bruised by two government shutdowns, the US House overwhelmingly approved legislation to keep federal agencies running through March 15th, 1996.
    (AP, 1/25/01)
1996        Jan 25, Charles Rothenberg was arrested in the shooting of a 47-year-old man and charged with attempted murder. He had set fire to his 6-year-old son in 1983 in southern California and served 7 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1996        Jan 25, Wells Fargo won the battle to acquire First Interstate of Los Angeles in a $11.6 billion pact.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A10)
1996        Jan 25, Jonathon Larson (35), composer of Rent, died of an aortic aneurysm.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.E4)

1996        Jan 26, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe.
    (AP, 1/26/01)
1996        Jan 26, Hours before a midnight deadline, a confrontation-weary US Congress voted to avert a third federal shutdown and finance dozens of agencies for seven more weeks.
    (AP, 1/26/01)
1996        Jan 26, Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz was fatally shot at the suburban Philadelphia estate of John E. du Pont; du Pont surrendered 48 hours later. Du Pont was later convicted of third-degree murder but mentally ill; he's serving a 13- to 30-year sentence.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
1996        Jan 26, In Utah John Albert Taylor (b.~1960) was executed by firing squad. He had been sentenced to death for the 1988 rape and strangulation of 11-year-old Charla King and had then chosen the firing squad as the method of execution.
    (SFC, 4/24/10, p.A5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Taylor)
1996        Jan 26, The Council of Europe voted to accept Russia. Russia became a member on Feb 28.
    (WSJ, 1/26/96, A-1)(www.coe.int/T/E/Com/About_Coe/Member_states/e_ru.asp#TopOfPage)
1996         Jan 26 Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Kadannikov to oversee national economic policy. Mr. Kadannikov was general-director of the debt-ridden Volzhsky Auto Works.
    (WSJ, 1/26/96, A-6)

1996        Jan 27, A man invaded a convent in Waterville, Maine, stabbing and beating four nuns, killing two of them with two others injured, including one left in a coma. Mark Bechard was later found not criminally responsible because of mental illness. Bechard, a mentally ill man who dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest burst through the doors of the chapel of Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, went on a rampage, stabbing and stomping elderly nuns.
    (AP, 1/27/01)(AP, 1/26/06)
1996         Jan 27, France detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb. In 1998 the Intl. Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that the test sites in the South Pacific would be contaminated for centuries. Plutonium particles were scattered in the sediment of the lagoons at Mururoa and Fangatouga.
    (WSJ, 1/30/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.A7)
1996        Jan 27, Germany commemorated the 1st Holocaust Remembrance Day. On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly declared the day 27 of January as the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.   
1996         Jan 27, In Niger coup leaders named the armed forces chief president after seizing power. Ten people died, political parties were outlawed and the constitution was suspended. Genl. Ibrahim Bare Mainassara seized power.
    (WSJ, 1/29/96, p. A-1)(WSJ, 1/2/98, p.8)

1996        Jan 28, In Super Bowl XXX the Dallas Cowboys captured their third Super Bowl victory in four years, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-to-17.
    (AP, 1/28/01)
1996        Jan 28, In California Gunner Lindberg, head of the supremacist gang Insane Criminal Posse, murdered Thien Minh Ly (24) at Tustin high school. It was a racially motivated attack where he stabbed Ly 50 times, slashed his throat and pounded his head. Lindberg was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A20)
1996        Jan 28, Joseph Brodsky (b.1940), Russian-born poet, died at age 55. He was a winner of the Nobel Prize in 1987. In 2000 his "Collected Poems in English" was published.
    (WSJ, 1/29/96, p. A-1)(SFEC, 10/8/00, BR p.5)

1996        Jan 29, The FDA was about to approve Redux, a drug to help reduce obesity. It was to be marketed by American Home Products. It is chemically known as dexfenfluramine, a close cousin of Prozax. This class of drugs raise the levels of serotonin in the brain, which provides a feeling of fullness and satisfaction.
    (WSJ, 1/29/96, p. C-1)
1996        Jan 29, A Navy F-14 fighter jet crashed in Nashville, Tennessee, demolishing three houses and killing five people.
    (AP, 1/29/01)
1996        Jan 29, French President Jacques Chirac ordered an early end to underground nuclear tests in the South Pacific.
    (AP, 1/29/01)   
1996        Jan 29, In Venice, Italy, the 204-year-old La Felice opera house burned down. It was scheduled to be reconstructed and finished by Sep 27, 1999. It was later determined by experts to have been caused by arson. In 2003 Italy's top criminal court upheld convictions on arson charges for Enrico Carella and fellow electrician Massimiliano Marchetti, sentencing them to seven and six years in jail respectively. In 2005 John Berendt authored The City of Falling Angels, which centered on the burning of La Fenice. In 2007 Carella was arrested in Mexico.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.D3)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.E4)(AP, 1/29/01)(WSJ, 9/24/05, p.P12)(AP, 3/3/07)     

1996        Jan 30, In an election billed as an early barometer for the national political season, Ron Wyden won a close race to become Oregons first Democratic US senator in 30 years, replacing Bob Packwood.
    (AP, 1/30/01)
1996        Jan 30, The FDA licensed indinavir, viracept, Abbott Labs ritonavir (trade name Norvir) and saquinavir based on short term clinical data between 1995-1997. The new protease-blocking drugs were effective in combating AIDS especially when used in combination with current medicines. The drugs were later found to cause metabolism problems related to fats.
    (WSJ, 1/30/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 2/5/98, p.A7)(WSJ, 1/3/06, p.A10)
1996        Jan 30, Iran tested a Chinese missile designed to attack ships by flying under their radar and could be fired from boats with a range of miles.
    (WSJ, 1/30/96, p.A-12)

1996        Jan 31, The last Cubans held in refugee camps at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base boarded a plane for Florida.
    (AP, 1/31/01)
1996        Jan 31, Japanese astronomer, Hyakutake, first sighted the comet that now bears his name. It came to within ten-million miles of the Earth on its closest approach on Mar 26. Later analysis showed that the comet contained about 50 million tons of frozen ethane or about 1% of its total mass.
    (Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.62)(SFC, 5/31/96, A4)
1996        Jan 31, In Sri Lanka an explosive-packed truck crashed into the Central Bank in Colombo and killed at least 55 and injured at least 1400 people. The Tamil Tigers rebel group were blamed. They had been fighting for independence for 12 years. A Tiger suicide bomber blew up the Central Bank and killed almost 100 people. The bombing killed 88 and injured 1,400. After 73 people were killed in the Central Bank bombing the US declared the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization.
    (WSJ, 2/1/96, p.A-1) (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)(SFC,10/15/97, p.C4)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A10)
1996        Jan 31, In Switzerland 5 people died in the Bernese Alps when their hot air balloon crashed into a mountainside at a height of 2,400 meters.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

1996        Jan, Scientists reported in Nature that analysis of protein sequences of rabbit DNA indicate that the order Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares and allies) are more closely related to primates than other groups of mammals.
    (Pac. Disc., summer, 96, p.46)
1996        Jan, Three large medical purchasing groups merged to form Premiere Inc., and controlled the buying of supplies for about one-third of the nations hospitals.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.A9)
1996        Jan, Duane Hanson, sculptor, died at age 70. He lived and worked mainly in Davie, Florida, and used common people as his subjects.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A21)
1996        Jan, Belarus Pres. Alexander Lukashenko, president, brought back an almost identical version of its green and red Soviet era flag, and installed Russian as an official language. 95% of the people speak Russian as their main tongue.
    (G&M, 1/31/96, p.A-8)(Econ., 8/29/20, p.16)

1996        Jan, In Varginha, Brazil, a trio of women claimed to have seen an alien being with oily, brown skin and rubbery limbs. It also had 3 rounded protrusions from an oversized head and was said to smell very bad.
    (WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A1)
1996        Jan, Khun Sa, a Burma opium warlord in command of some 15,000 Shan troops, surrendered to the government. He agreed to disband his private army, give up the drug trade and submit to a form of house arrest in exchange for protection and freedom to pursue business opportunities.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.C14)(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A14)
1996        Jan, Lu Maw, Par Par Lay and Lu Zaw performed as the Moustache Brothers in a skit outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi. They satirized Burmas ruling SLORC and were charged with "disrupting the stability of the Union." A 2-month public, but juryless trial followed and they were sentenced to prison. They were released in July 2001.
    (WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)
1996        Jan, In Egypt Pres. Hosni Mubarek brought in a new economic team and named Kamal el-Ganzouri as Prime Minister. Ganzouri pushed legislation to allow foreigners to buy Egyptian property and businesses and other changes.
    (WSJ, 4/10/97, p.A12)
1996        Jan, In Germany the service time for a draftee in the Bundeswehr was reduced from 12 months to ten, and the size of the army was planned to shrink to 340,000.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)
1996        Jan, Louis Farrakhan visited Libya and received a promise of $1 billion from Col. Moammar Khadafy. His tour also included stops in Iran, Nigeria and the Sudan.
    (SFC, 8/27/96, p.A3)
1996        Jan, In Mexico the FAC-NLN was founded as a nationwide leftist coalition.
    (SFC, 12/10/96, p.A13)
1996        Jan, In Peru Alberto Andrade, a wealthy leather-goods maker, was elected mayor of Lima. He moved his family downtown and began efforts to revitalize the city.
    (WSJ, 7/2/97, p.B8)
1996        Jan, In Russia Yeltsin let go of Anatoly Chubais as First Deputy Prime Minister under pressure from his hard-line critics.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996         Jan, Sierra Leone Military ruler Valentine Strasser was ousted in a bloodless coup by Brig. Julius Maada Bio, who immediately suspended elections set for next month.
    (WSJ, 1/17/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A16)
1996        Jan, In Turkey police clubbed people with wooden batons until they broke in a sports complex. Reporter Metin Goktepe was killed. 11 officers were charged in the reporters murder but none were in custody. A court ordered 5 policemen to be taken into custody in 1997. The 5 failed to appear in court. In 1998 5 policemen were jailed for 7 1/2 years for the killing.
    (SFC, 10/19/96, A12)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A12)(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A11)(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A16)
1996        Jan, A report stated that Ukrainian men have one of the highest infertility rates in the world, ever since the Chernobyl disaster 10 years ago. Nearly one of five Ukrainian babies dies shortly after birth, and there have been more deaths than births since 1990.
    (G&M, 1/31/96, p.A-24)

1996        Jan-Apr, 24 Church fires were reported to the US Justice Dept. and 17 of them involved largely African American congregations.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, A-3)

1996        Feb 1, Both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to rewrite the 61-year-old Communications Act, freeing the exploding television, telephone and home computer industries to jump into each others fields.
    (AP, 2/1/01)
1996        Feb 1, Astronomers at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii detected a faint galaxy 14 billion light-years away in the constellation Virgo with a red shift of 4.38.
    (G&M, 2/1/96, p.A-2)
1996        Feb 1, The Cypress Grove Baptist Church, St. Pauls Free Baptist Church, and Thomas Chapel Benevolent Society Church in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., burned down. The Sweet Home Baptist Church in Baker, La., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)

1996        Feb 2, Gil Amelio (b.1943), CEO of National Semiconductor from 27 May 1991 to 2 February 1996, took over as chairman and CEO of Apple Computer.  Markkula became vice-chairman and Michael Spindler left the company. Amelio lasted until 1997 when Steve Jobs came back to the company. In 1998 Amelio published "On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple," written with William L. Simon.
    (WSJ, 7/2/98, p.A20)(SFC, 1/24/04, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Amelio)
1996        Feb 2, Barry Loukaitis (14) turned his guns loose on fellow 9th graders at Frontier Middle School in Seattle.
    (SFEC, 6/14/98, p.A1)
1996        Feb 2, A deep freeze continued in the Plains, the Midwest and much of the South, breaking temperature records that had stood for a century.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
1996        Feb 2, Gene Kelly (83), dancer actor and choreographer, famous for his part in the musical Singin' in the Rain, died of complications from strokes at his home in Beverly Hills, Ca.
    (WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/2/08)

1996        Feb 3, Sergeant First Class Donald A. Dugan, 38, became the first US soldier killed while on duty in Bosnia when a piece of ammunition exploded in his hands.
    (AP, 2/3/01)
1996        Feb 3, Actress Audrey Meadows died in Los Angeles at the age of 71.
    (AP, 2/3/01)
1996        Feb 3, A 7.0 earthquake hit Lijiang region of Yunnan province in China. Some 231 people were killed and 14,000 injured.
    (WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-1)(NH, 4/97, p.44)

1996        Feb 4, Pres. Clinton and Monica had their 6th sexual encounter at the White House.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996        Feb 4, Secretary of State Warren Christopher concluded a three-nation visit to the Balkans as he met in Belgrade with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 2/4/01)
1996        Feb 4, Twenty-four people were killed when a Colombian cargo plane in Paraguay caught fire shortly after takeoff and crashed into a suburban neighborhood.
    (AP, 2/4/01)

1996        Feb 5, John C. Salvi the Third went on trial in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the shooting deaths of two receptionists at abortion clinics. Salvi was later convicted and sentenced to two life terms; he was found dead in his cell in November 1996, an apparent suicide.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1996        Feb 5, Actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1996        Feb 5, Gianandrea Gavazzeni (86), conductor, died.

1996        Feb 6, Patrick Buchanan won the Louisiana Republican caucus, upsetting Phil Gramm.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
1996        Feb 6, A Turkish-owned Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Puerto Plata shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Republic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
    (WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(AP, 2/6/01)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1996        Feb 7, During a Central America tour, Pope John Paul the Second received a warm welcome in Nicaragua, his first visit there since 1983.
    (AP, 2/7/01)
1996        Feb 7, Tamil rebels attacked Sri Lankan troops in the eastern part of the island nation. They killed 11 and lost 15 of their own fighters. The Columbo suicide bombing of last week killed 83.
    (WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)

1996        Feb 8, NFL and Cleveland allowed Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had to leave the Browns' name behind.
1996        Feb 8, In a ceremony at the Library of Congress, President Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act (CDA), legislation revamping the telecommunications industry, saying it would "bring the future to our doorstep." Section 230 of the act protected online intermediaries that host or republish speech against a range of laws that might otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do.
1996        Feb 8, Rivers overflowed in northern Oregon in the worst flooding in 30 years.
    (WSJ, 2/9/96, p.A1)
1996        Feb 8, John Peter Barlow, Internet activist, issued the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace from Davos, Switzerland.
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.14)(http://homes.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html)

1996        Feb 9, Pres. Clinton signed the new telecommunications bill into law. It included a subsidy program, "E-Rate," to provide schools with a connection to the Internet. Phone companies in 1998 began charging their long-distance customers a surcharge to cover the subsidies. It also included a ban on Internet smut that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1999.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1996        Feb 9, In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a former member of the citys beach detail shot and killed five former co-workers before killing himself.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, A collision of rush-hour commuter trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, claimed the lives of both engineers and a passenger.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, Leo Jenkins was executed under a new Texas law that allowed the family of his victims to witness his execution. A film was made of the execution for HBO titled: "A Kill for a Kill."
    (WSJ, 1/6/97, p.A10)
1996        Feb 9, The Irish Republican Army ended its cease-fire with a massive blast that killed two people in London's East End and injured nearly a 100 people. The bomb was a 500 pound device hidden in a rebuilt truck.
    (WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 2/14/96, p.A-10)(AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, Adolf Galland (83), German general (Luftwaffe Ace), died.

1996        Feb 10, President Clinton signed a $265 billion defense bill, but said he would battle for repeal of a section forcing the discharge of service members with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 2/10/01)
1996        Feb 10, World chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an I-B-M computer dubbed "Deep Blue."
    (AP, 2/10/01)
1996        Feb 10,  In Algeria two car bombs killed 17 and wounded 93 in the capital.
    (WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 10, A slab of mountainside crushed a highway tunnel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, killing 20 people.
    (AP, 2/10/01)

1996        Feb 11, A day after losing to an IBM computer dubbed "Deep Blue," world chess champion Garry Kasparov rebounded to defeat the machine and even their six-game series in Philadelphia at one victory apiece.
    (AP, 2/11/01)
1996        Feb 11, Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka charged that government troops killed 24 civilians in the eastern district of Trincomalee.
    (WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-13)

1996        Feb 12, Bob Dole eked out a victory in Iowas Republican presidential caucuses, while Pat Buchanan came in a surprisingly strong second.
    (AP, 2/12/01)

1996        Feb 13, The rock musical "Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opened off-Broadway and won a Pulitzer prize two months later.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1,7)(AP, 2/13/98)
1996        Feb 13, In the continuing drama of man versus machine, world chess champion Garry Kasparov asked for a draw in his third game against the IBM supercomputer named "Deep Blue," leaving the six-game match in Philadelphia tied at one and a-half games each.
    (AP, 2/13/01)
1996        Feb 13, Martin Balsam (b.1914), actor, died in Italy. His many films included A Thousand Clowns (1965).

1996        Feb 14, Texas Senator Phil Gramm bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination following his poor showings in the Louisiana and Iowa caucuses.
    (AP, 2/14/01)
1996        Feb 14, In Michigan the newspapers unions in Detroit offered to return to work (on strike since July 1995). The newspapers accepted the offer 5 days later but vowed to retain some 1200 replacement workers. A 1997 ruling ordered as many as 1,100 former strikers reinstated.
    (SFC, 6/21/97, p.A4)
1996        Feb 14, Eva Hart (90), Titanic survivor, died.
1996        Feb 14, A failed Loral Intelsat satellite launch caused a rocket to hit a village near the Xichang Space Center in Chinas southwest Sichuan province. China acknowledged 6 deaths. US intelligence estimated the death toll at 200. The rocket was a new-generation Long March 3B. The satellite was intended for TV shows in Latin America for Rupert Murdochs News Corp.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-6)(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A5)
1996        Feb 14, In Sri Lanka a Tiger arms ship was sunk of the northeastern coast.
    (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)

1996        Feb 15, A US federal judge temporarily blocked the Communications Decency Act (CDA), saying the government had to explain what material it considered indecent before it could enforce the law, designed to protect children from sexually explicit material on computer networks.
    (AP, 2/15/01)
1996        Feb 15, In the Toronto Globe and Star there was a report by Peter Whelan that "pesticides sprayed on fields in Argentina were killing tens of thousands of wintering Swainsons hawks that nest on the Canadian prairies and the adjacent US Great Plains."
    (NH, 10/96, p.51)
1996        Feb 15, The Sea Empress grounded off of Wales and spilled 18 million gallons (72,000 tons) of oil.
    (SFC, 11/20/02, p.A14)(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/uk_news/55393.stm)
1996        Feb 15, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced he would run for re-election.
    (AP, 2/15/01)

1996        Feb 16, World chess champion Garry Kasparov won for the second time against IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" in the fifth game of their match in Philadelphia (Kasparov had drawn twice and lost once).
    (AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, In Vista, San Diego County Joshua Jenkins, 15, stabbed his parents and grandparents to death. The next day he axed his sister. In 1997 he was sentenced to 116 years in prison.
    (SFEC, 6/1/97, p.A22)
1996        Feb 16, A commuter train slammed into Amtraks Capital Limited an Silver Spring, Md., and killed 11 people. It was later claimed that a new warning system was partly to blame.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B1)(AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, Former California Gov. Edmund G. Pat Brown (b.1905) died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 90. In 2005 Ethan Rarick authored California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A19)(AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, Violence in Bangladesh kept the election turnout to about 15%. Opposition leaders filed no candidates and claimed that the results showed that Prime Minister Zia had lost authority to rule.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 16, Green groups threatened to boycott gas pumps that were not labeled "MMT-free." They claimed that the manganese based fuel additive poses health risks. The accusation was denied by the Ethyl Corp.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)

1996        Feb 17, World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia. Kasparov had lost the first game, won the second, fifth and sixth games and earned draws in the third and fourth.
    (AP, 2/17/01)
1996        Feb 17, The NEAR-Shoemaker space craft was launched. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous craft was scheduled to reach the Eros asteroid in 4 years. NASA planned to land the craft on Eros, a 22 by 8 mile rock, in Feb 2001.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A7)
1996        Feb 17, A powerful 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tidal waves hit eastern Indonesia in the region of Irian Jaya and killed at least 62 people. Tidal waves killed more than 100 people in Indonesia.
    (WSJ, 2/20/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/17/01)

1996        Feb 18, A member of the Irish Republican Army blew himself up and wounded nine other people when the briefcase bomb he was carrying detonated accidentally on a double-decker bus in Londons West End. It was the third IRA bombing in 10 days.
    (WSJ, 2/20/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/18/01)   

1996        Feb 19, Pres. Clinton told Monica Lewinsky that their relationship must end. It was later resumed.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996        Feb 19, Republican presidential hopefuls argued taxes, trade and negative ads in a final burst of contentious campaigning on the eve of New Hampshires leadoff primary, with Bob Dole the principal target.
    (AP, 2/19/01)
1996        Feb 19, Baseball showman Charlie O. Finley died in Chicago at age 77.
    (AP, 2/19/01)

1996        Feb 20, Republican Pat Buchanon won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes 30.8 to 29.7 to 25.6 to 13.8%.
    (AP, 2/20/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1996        Feb 20, Gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard were acquitted of murder in the 1993 shooting death of an alleged gang member.
    (AP, 2/20/01)
1996        Feb 20, Kweisi Mfume began his job as President and CEO of the NAACP.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, Z1 p.3)
1996        Feb 20, Senior Iraqi defector Al-Majid returned home after spending 6 months in Jordan. He was soon arrested and executed by government troops.
    (WSJ, 2/21/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.A18)

1996        Feb 21, The Space Telescope Science Institute announced that photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of a "black hole" equal to the mass of two billion suns in a galaxy some 30 million light-years away.
    (AP, 2/21/01)
1996        Feb 21, The Glorious Church of God in Christ in Richmond, Va., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Feb 21, Morton Gould (82), composer, died in Florida.

1996        Feb 22, President Clinton announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    (AP, 2/22/01)
1996        Feb 22, The space shuttle "Columbia" blasted into orbit on a mission to unreel a satellite on the end of a 12.8-mile cord.
    (AP, 2/22/01)
1996        Feb 22, An oil tanker was freed that ran aground last week after 19 million gallons were spilled off the coast of Wales.
    (WSJ, 2/22/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 22, A freight train derailed in the Colorado Rockies and killed two crew members. Two cars holding 27,000 gallons of sulfuric acid had broken open and some spilled down the mountain and onto a highway near Leadville.
    (WSJ, 2/22/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 22, An F-14 crashed in the Persian Gulf. It was the 3rd this month and the 32nd since 1991. The navy says that record is not alarmingly high but ordered the entire fleet grounded for 72 hours to check for any common threads.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 22, Russia and the head of the International Monetary Fund reached a deal for a loan of more than ten billion dollars to back up free-market reforms.
    (AP, 2/22/01)

1996        Feb 23, FBI agents arrested Robert Lipka, a former army clerk at the National Security Agency, for espionage in the late 1960s.
    (WSJ, 11/21/96, p.A1)
1996        Feb 23, Juan Pablo Roque, Cuban defector and author of "The Deserter," vanished from Miami and returned to Cuba. In 1999 his wife sued the Cuban government for sexual battery.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A5)
1996        Feb 23, Dutch tourist Tosca Dieperink, 39, was killed in a holdup at a Miami service station. Two men later pleaded guilty to the slaying and were sentenced to prison.
    (AP, 2/23/01)
1996        Feb 23, William George Bonin (49), known as the "Freeway Killer," was executed for the robbery, torture, rape and strangulation of 14 Southern California boys.
    (SFC, 7/11/97, p.A16)(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A8)
1996        Feb 23, Chechen rebels blew up a big gas pipeline in southern Chechnya. Russia was bringing in troops ahead of todays anniversary of mass deportations of Chechens to Central Asia in World War II.
    (WSJ, 2/22/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 23, Two Iraqi defectors were killed in Baghdad, reportedly by members of their own clan who accused them of betraying Saddam Hussein by fleeing to Jordan. The Iraqi News Agency reported that Lieutenant General Hussein Kamel al-Majid and his brother Saddam Kamel al-Majid, a pair of defectors who were also the sons-in-law of Saddam Hussein, were killed by clan members after returning to their homeland.
    (WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/23/01)

1996        Feb 24, Steve Forbes won the Delaware presidential primary.
    (AP, 2/24/01)
1996        Feb 24, Cuban war planes shot down two unarmed private planes flown by a refugee group in Florida. Cuba claimed the planes violated its airspace. 4 men were killed including 3 US citizens. In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez (36) was convicted of conspiracy in the deaths of the aviators. Antonio Guerrero (43), convicted for spying while working a Navy base in Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 27. In 2009 Guerreros sentence was reduced to 20 years.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC,12/18/97, p.A6)(AP, 2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)

1996        Feb 25, A 12-mile tether connecting a half-ton satellite to the space shuttle "Columbia" broke loose as it was almost completely unreeled.
    (AP, 2/25/01)
1996        Feb 25, In Hanford, Ca., Tracy Rene Conrad (11), went to the Galik home to play with the sons of Duane Galik Sr. Her body was found a month later stuffed in a pottery kiln and sexually abused. Duane Galik Sr. went on trial for the murder in 1997.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A18)
1996        Feb 25, Cambodian Dr. Haing S. Ngor (55), academy award winner for the 1984 film "The Killing Fields," was shot and killed in front of his home in Los Angeles. In 1998 three Chinatown gang members, Oriental Lazy Boyz gang, were convicted by separate juries in the murder. Jason Chan (20) was sentenced to life without parole. Tak Sun Tan (21) was sentenced 56 years to life. Indra Lim was sentenced to 26 years to life. In 2004 a judge ruled to overturn the convictions. In 2005 a federal appeals court reinstated the convictions.
    (WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 7/7/96, p.B12)(SFC, 4/1/98, p.C2)(SFC, 4/17/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A3)(SFC, 7/8/05, p.B2)
1996        Feb 25, In separate attacks 2 Palestinian suicide bombers blew up a bus in Jerusalem and a soldiers hitchhiking post in the coastal city of Ashkelon. 23 Israelis were killed, as well as 2 Americans and a Palestinian. More than 80 people were wounded. Hamas took responsibility.
    (WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)

1996        Feb 26, President Clinton moved to step up economic sanctions on Cuba in response to Cubas downing of two unarmed airplanes belonging to the Cuban-American exile group Brothers to the Rescue.
    (AP, 2/26/01)
1996        Feb 26, A car bomb in Albania killed 5 people and wounded 30 outside a supermarket in the center of Tirana. Two former senior officials of the disbanded Communist era secret police were arrested shortly after the blast.
    (WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 26, In Israel an Arab American drove a rental car into a Jerusalem bus stop and killed one Israeli while wounded 23. The driver appeared to be acting on his own but Hamas took responsibility.
    (G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)

1996        Feb 27, Bob Dole won the North Dakota and South Dakota primaries, while Steve Forbes captured Arizonas winner-take-all primary.
    (AP, 2/27/01)
1996        Feb 27, It was reported that element 112, aka unumbium, was first made in Darmstadt, Germany, in an experiment led by Peter Armbruster.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.100)(http://newton.ex.ac.uk/aip/physnews.260.html)
1996        Feb 27, A Sudanese military plane crashed 25 miles south of Khartoum and killed 91 people on board. The plane was a US made C-130.
    (WSJ, 2/28/96, p.A-1)

1996        Feb 28, Alanis Morissettes "Jagged Little Pill" won best rock album and album of the year at the Grammy Awards; Seals "Kiss from a Rose" won for record and song of the year.
    (AP, 2/28/01)
1996        Feb 28, President Clinton and the Congress agreed on a sanctions bill aimed at driving foreign investors from Cuba.
    (AP, 2/28/01)
1996        Feb 28, The New Liberty Baptist Church in Tyler, Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Feb 28, Britains Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles.
    (AP, 2/28/01)
1996        Feb 28, Russia joined the Council of Europe and halted capital punishment. The Russian Federation had applied to join the Council of Europe on 7 May 1992.
    (SFC, 11/10/09, p.A2)(http://www.ena.lu/)

1996        Feb 29, Mar 2, A Boeing 737 of the Peruvian domestic Fawcett airlines crashed in the southern Andes and killed 123 people.
    (SFC, 11/1/96, p.A18)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)

1996        Feb, The film "Trainspotting," directed by Danny Boyle, was released in Great Britain. It was a movie about junkies in Scotland.
    (SFC, 7/17/96, p.E1)

1996        Feb, Kevin Mitnick, 33-year-old computer wizard, was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. with the help of computer security expert Tsutomu Shimomura. Mitnick was accused of breaking into the systems of software companies and attacking the computers of Internet service providers (ISPs). In 1999 he admitted breaking in to computer systems at Sun Microsystems and Motorola where he stole software and installed programs that caused millions of dollars in damage. He was ordered to pay token restitution of $4,125 and was prohibited from any access to computers and the Internet for 3 years following his release.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A3)(SFC, 8/10/99, p.A3)

1996        Feb, In Florida Augusto Falcon and Salvador Magluta were tried and acquitted on charges of cocaine trafficking. In 1998 the foreman of the jury, Miguel Moya, was arraigned for accepting $500,000 in bribes.
    (SFC, 8/19/98, p.A11)

1996        Feb, early, The Disney Institute was opened in Orlando, Florida. It offered an new world of learning vacations priced at $429 for a three night per person package. Construction alone cost $35 mil.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-10)

1996        Feb, NASA launched a spacecraft to study the asteroid 433 Eros. Project Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) was part of the Discovery program.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A2)

1996        Feb, In Bangladesh the term of government of Khaleda Zia expired.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)

1996        Feb, The Gaza Strip, sealed off by Israel for 333 days due to Palestinian attacks, was re-opened. The closure drove up adult unemployment and forced many children to seek work.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A10)

1996        Feb, A military cooperation agreement was signed between Israel and Turkey. The agreement allows for joint military training, exchanges between military academies and participation of observers in each others exercises.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-10)

1996        Feb, In Libya a plan to kill Moammar Khadafy failed and several bystanders were killed. In 1998 David Shayler, a former member of the British intelligence services, revealed the information in France while fighting extradition to Britain. The British foreign secretary denied the attack. Shayler returned to London in 2000 to face charges.
    (SFC, 8/17/98, p.A9)(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A10)

1996        Feb, In Mexico in San Andres Larrainzar in Chiapas the government signed a partial peace accord on indigenous rights with the Zapatistas.
    (SFC,12/18/97, p.C2)

1996        Feb, Morocco and Spain have begun preliminary plans on a 25-mile tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar.
    (WSJ, 2/7/96, p.A-10)

1996        Feb, A Maoist insurgency began central and midwestern in Nepal. The Communist Party of Nepal launched its "people's war" to surround cities and seize power. Kathmandu communists Baburam Battarai and Pushpa Kamal Dahal preached their Maoist proposal initially among the majority Magars, an ethnic group of sheepherders and marijuana growers.
    (SFC, 9/16/00, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/9/01, p.D3)(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.C6)
1996        Feb, Archeologists in Nepal believed that they had discovered the birth place of Siddartha, who in the 6th century BC became the monk Buddha.
    (WSJ, 2/6/96, p.A-11)

1996        Feb, The Financial Action Task Force cited the Seychelles Islands as: "a serious threat to the worlds financial systems." The Islands had passed an Economic Development Act that provided investors immunity for investing $10 million in "approved" Seychelles investments. The immunity was waived only in cases of drug trafficking or violent crime.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-12)

1996        Feb, Yeltsin announced that the war in Chechnya was a mistake and began negotiations with rebels. Russian forces withdrew and Chechnya descended into lawlessness.
    (SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A11)

1996        Feb, Alexander Nikitin, a former naval officer, was arrested on charges of providing secret information to Bellona, a Norwegian environmental group. He had written a report for Bellona on pollution by the Russian Northern Fleet. His trial began in 1998. Nikitin was acquitted Dec 29, 1999. The Supreme Court upheld the acquittal in 2000.
    (SFC, 10/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 12/30/99, p.A16)(SFC, 9/14/00, p.C2)

1996        Feb, In South Africa Afrikaner men attacked 300 black students protesting outside a primary school in rural Trompsburg for admittance. The men chased away the youths while police watched. Three girls were severely injured and the angry students went on a rampage. Afterwards white parents pulled their kids out of the school rather than integrate it.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.A12)

1996        Mar 1, Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coached his 1,000th victory.
    (SC, 3/1/02)
1996        Mar 1, President Clinton slapped economic sanctions on Colombia, concluding that Colombian authorities had not fully cooperated with the US war on drugs.
    (AP, 3/1/01)
1996        Mar 1, The US Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new AIDS drug, saying ritonavir could prolong slightly the lives of severely ill patients.
    (AP, 3/1/01)
1996        Mar 1, In the US the new toll-free 888 area code was introduced.
    (SC, 3/1/02)
1996        Mar 1, Plans were approved allowing traffic cameras at High Harrington and Shap, England.
    (SC, 3/1/02)
1996        Mar 1, The first Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) opened in Bangkok, Thailand, with 25 countries and the EU Commission participating.
    (Econ, 10/9/10, p.63)(http://tinyurl.com/25mhkw7)

1996        Mar 2, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole reignited his presidential campaign with an overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Republican primary.
    (AP, 3/2/01)
1996        Mar 2, In Australia the first conservative government in 13 years was elected in a landslide victory. John Howard with a pro-business coalition defeated the reformist labor party of Paul Keating.
    (WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(SFC, 11/27/98, p.A16)
1996        Mar 2, Jacobo Majluta (61), President of Dominican Republic (1982), died.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1996        Mar 3, In the US the 26th Easter Seal Telethon was held.
    (SC, 3/3/02)
1996        Mar 3, Israel declared all-out war on the militant group Hamas after a bus bomb in Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber, the third such suicide attack in eight days.
    (WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(AP, 3/3/01)     
1996        Mar 3, Marguerite Duras, French writer, died at age 81 in Paris. She was very prolific and was best known for her novel The Lover. In 2008 her Wartime Writings: 1943-1949, translated by Linda Coverdale, was published.
    (WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(SSFC, 3/30/08, Books p.1)

1996        Mar 4, Jury selection began in Little Rock, Ark., in the trial of President Clinton's Whitewater partners, James and Susan McDougal, and the man who succeeded him as Arkansas governor, Jim Guy Tucker. James McDougal and Tucker were later convicted of fraud and conspiracy; Susan McDougal was convicted of fraud.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
1996        Mar 4, Comedian Minnie Pearl died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 83.
    (AP, 3/4/01)
1996        Mar 4, In Spain the conservative Popular Party under Jose Maria Aznar won general elections over PM Felipe Gonzalez and ended 13 years of Socialist rule. The national government created an Environment Ministry. Previously the environment was the responsibility of the Public Works Ministry.
    (WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-1)(SFEC, 4/20/97, p.A17)
1996        Mar 4, A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv shopping center, killing 13 people in the fourth deadly attack in nine days.
    (WSJ, 3/5/96, p. A-1)(AP, 3/4/01)

1996        Mar 5, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole swept the "Junior Tuesday" primaries.
    (AP, 3/5/01)
1996        Mar 5, Representative Enid Greene Waldholtz (Republican, Utah), tangled in a financial mess that she blamed on her estranged husband, announced she would not seek a second term.
    (AP, 3/5/01)
1996        Mar 5, The St. Paul AME Church in Hatley, Miss., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Mar 5, The Sri Lankan army raised flags over Jaffna town marking the end of a 7 week campaign to capture the Tamil rebel stronghold.
    (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)

1996        Mar 6, A federal appeals court struck down Washington states ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
    (AP, 3/6/01)
1996        Mar 6, Lamar Alexander and Dick Lugar announced they were dropping out of the race for the US Republican presidential nomination.
    (AP, 3/6/01)
1996        Mar 6, Reports said that at least 10,000 Chechens have fled to this neighboring republic [Dagestan] of the Russian Union.
    (WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-1)

1996        Mar 7, Bob Dole handily won the New York Republican primary.
    (AP, 3/7/01)
1996        Mar 7, Three US servicemen were convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl and sentenced by a Japanese court to six and a-half to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 3/7/01)
1996        Mar 7, The Hubble Space Telescope photographed the 1st surface photos of Pluto.

1996        Mar 8, Wall Street plummeted in a major selloff triggered by seemingly good economic news, a drop in the nations unemployment rate and the biggest jobs gain in more than a decade. Investors apparently worried that a stronger economy would mean no more interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.
    (AP, 3/8/01)
1996        Mar 8, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was acquitted of assisted suicide for helping two suffering patients kill themselves.
    (AP, 3/8/01)
1996        Mar 8, In Zurich Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz planned merger valued at $30 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)

1996        Mar 9, The space shuttle "Columbia" landed safely a day late at the Kennedy Space Center, ending a 16-day mission.
    (AP, 3/9/01)
1996        Mar 9, George Burns, comedian, husband to the late Gracie Allen, died at the age of 100 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
    (WSJ, 3/11/96, p. A-1)(AP, 3/9/98)

1996        Mar 10, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, accusing China of "reckless" provocations against Taiwan, said on NBC that US warships would move closer to Taiwan.
    (AP, 3/10/01)
1996        Mar 10, Birdwatchers noted the "act of raptor love" between two red-tailed hawks on the Hotel Carlyle at 2:30 p.m. in New York City. It lasted a full five seconds.
    (WSJ, 4/17/96, p.A-18)
1996        Mar 10, In Denmark Bandido motorcycle gang leader Uffe Larson was shot to death in Copenhagen.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A13)
1996        Mar 10, Hezbollah guerrillas launched a wave of bomb and rocket attacks on Israeli troops in south Lebanon.
    (AP, 3/10/01)

1996        Mar 11, On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 110.55 to end the day at 5581 following a 171.24-point plunge the Friday before.
    (AP, 3/11/01)
1996        Mar 11, Charles William Oatley (92), electrical engineer, died. He perfected the scanning electron microscope.

1996        Mar 12, Pres. Clinton signed the Helms-Burton Act. It shut off visas to executives and shareholders of firms doing business in Cuba on property confiscated from Americans. This stripped the3 White House of the power to end the Cuban embargo.
    (SFC, 8/22/96, p.E4)(http://tinyurl.com/lgpgt)(Econ, 3/24/12, SR p.11)
1996        Mar 12, US Republican Bob Dole swept the seven "Super Tuesday" primaries, gaining a virtual lock on the GOP presidential nomination.
    (AP, 3/12/01)
1996        Mar 12, Rioting forced the closure of a US copper mine (82% owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold) in Trimika, Indonesia. At least three people were killed and dozens injured as the army restored order.
    (WSJ, 3/14/96, p.A-15)

1996        Mar 13, World leaders, including President Clinton, held a summit in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, where they vowed unequivocal support for the Mideast peace process.
    (AP, 3/13/97)
1996        Mar 13, Liggett, the nation's fifth-largest tobacco company, made history by settling a private class-action lawsuit alleging cigarette makers manipulated nicotine to hook smokers. Liggett became the first tobacco company to acknowledge that cigarettes are addictive and cause cancer. In 1997 Bennet LeBow, owner of Liggett, revealed that Philip Morris had agreed to pay $10 million per year in legal fees while he kept silent.
    (AP, 3/15/97)(SFC, 7/22/97, p.A2)
1996        Mar 13, Thomas Hamilton (43) killed 16 kindergarten children, a teacher and himself in a classroom in Dunblane, Scotland.
    {Scotland, Murder}
    (WSJ, 3/14/96, p.A-1)(AP, 3/13/01)

1996        Mar 14, The US approved arms and equipment for Bosnia. It was the same day that the UN embargo on small arms for the region was lifted. In the following weeks M-16 rifles, machine guns, field phone systems, and military radio equipment arrived in Bosnia.
    (SFC, 5/24/96, p.A12)
1996        Mar 14, During a visit to Israel, President Clinton pledged $100 million to the fight against terrorism.
    (AP, 3/14/97)
1996        Mar 14, Steve Forbes dropped his quest for the Republican presidential nomination after spending $30 million of his own money.
    (AP, 3/14/97)

1996        Mar 15, The Liggett Group agreed to repay more than ten million dollars in Medicaid bills for treatment of smokers, settling lawsuits with five states. The settlement came two days after Liggett, the nations fifth-largest tobacco company, made history by settling a private class-action lawsuit alleging cigarette makers manipulated nicotine to hook smokers.
    (AP, 3/15/01)
1996        Mar 15, Beatrice Abilez Loza (68), a mother of 10, was murdered and sodomized at her home in la Puente, Ca. In 1997 her son, Frank Manuel Abilez, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder. He died at age 53 while on death row at San Quentin in 2012.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.C8)
1996        Mar 15, Helen Chadwick (42), British artist, died.

1996        Mar 16, In his weekly radio address, President Clinton accused the Republican-controlled House of bowing to "the back-alley whispers of the gun lobby" by gutting anti-terrorism legislation he'd submitted in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.
    (AP, 3/16/97)
1996        Mar 16, For the first time, ordinary citizens were allowed inside the central archives of the former East German secret police, the hated Stasi security agency.
    (AP, 3/16/97)

1996        Mar 17, The $16 mil Museum of Television and Radio was christened in Beverly Hills.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)
1996        Mar 17, In Dunblane, Scotland, Queen Elizabeth the Second came with flowers and sympathy, as residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their teacher.
    (AP, 3/17/01)

1996        Mar 18, Rejecting an insanity defense, a jury in Dedham, Mass., convicted John C. Salvi III of murdering two women in a pair of attacks at two Boston-area abortion clinics in December 1994. Salvi later committed suicide in his cell.
    (AP, 3/18/01)
1996        Mar 18, Jacquetta Hawkes (85), British archaeologist, died.
1996        Mar 18, Some 2,000 Chinese made assault guns were illegally shipped through the port of Oakland in the US.
    (SFC, 5/23/96, p.A17)
1996        Mar 18, Odysseus Elytis, Greek poet and Nobel Prize winner (1979), died in Athens at age 84.
    (WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)(http://dpsinfo.com/dps/mnames.html)

1996        Mar 19, President Clinton rolled out a $1.64 trillion election-year budget, promising it would invigorate the economy, erase federal deficits and cut taxes.
    (AP, 3/19/97)
1996        Mar 19, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination with solid primary victories in four Midwestern states.
    (AP, 3/19/97)
1996        Mar 19, A fire at a Quezon City nightclub in the Philippines killed at 162 young people celebrating the end of their school year.
    (WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)(AP, 11/20/14)
1996        Mar 19, William Hutchinson Murray (83), Scottish mountaineer, author, died.
1996        Mar 19, In El Salvador an Emergency Anti-Crime Law was approved by President Armando Calderon. Its language called for all Salvadorans charged with crimes abroad to be locked up and re-educated.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-18)
1996        Mar 19, Nelson Mandela divorced Winnie Mandela after 38 years of marriage.
1996        Mar 19, Riots in Indonesia killed five people during demonstrations protesting the death of a jailed rebel leader.
    (WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)

1996        Mar 20, A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.
    (AP, 3/20/97)
1996        Mar 20, The Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ruleville, Miss., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996         Mar 20, The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed 10 people was probably linked to so-called "mad cow disease."
    (AP, 3/20/97)

1996        Mar 21, The US decided to proceed with plans to deliver weapons to the Islamabad government in Pakistan. $368 mil has already been paid for a naval Orion aircraft and two types of missiles.
    (WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-1)
1996         Mar 21, General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a settlement in a 17-day brake-factory strike that idled more than 177,000 employees and brought the world's top automaker to a near standstill.
    (AP, 3/21/97)
1996        Mar 21, In Israel a suicide bomber killed himself and 3 Israeli women in Tel Aviv.
    (G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)

1996        Mar 22, Shannon Lucid, astronaut, went into space on the shuttle Atlantis. She transferred to the Russian Mir space station and broke the US space endurance record of 115 days on 7/15/96.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p.A7)(AP, 3/22/97)

1996        Mar 23, Taiwan held its first direct presidential elections; incumbent Lee Teng-hui was the landslide victor. He was the first leader of the Koumintang to address people in their native Taiwanese.
    (AP, 3/23/97)(Econ., 8/8/20, p.32)

1996        Mar 24, NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid transferred from the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir, beginning a five-month stay.
    (AP, 3/23/97)
1996        Mar 24, Stargazers across the country scanned the skies in hopes of seeing Hyakutake, the brightest comet to pass by the Earth in two decades.
    (AP, 3/23/97)

1996        Mar 25, "Braveheart" won Academy Awards for best picture and best director Mel Gibson; Nicolas Cage won best actor for "Leaving Las Vegas," Susan Sarandon best actress for "Dead Man Walking."
    (AP, 3/25/97)
1996        Mar 25, The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.
    (AP, 3/25/97)   
1996        Mar 25, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by her daughter, Chelsea, visited U.S. troops in Bosnia.
    (AP, 3/25/97)
1996        Mar 25, A group of 18 people including 3 children, who call themselves the Freeman, shut themselves up on a 960 acre farm near Jordan, Montana. Many of them are wanted on state and federal charges that include writing bad checks and threatening a federal judge. Ongoing negotiations have proved fruitless and the FBI ordered in 3 armored vehicles and a helicopter. The standoff by the anti-government Freemen lasted 81 days.
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A3)(AP, 3/25/01)
1996        Mar 25, China halted its 18-day intimidating naval exercises around Taiwan led by the new guided-missile destroyer Harbin.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A3)
1996        Mar 25, France, Britain and the US signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons from the South Pacific.
    (WSJ, 3/25/96, p.A-15)
1996        Mar 25, In Germany Jan Philipp Reemtsma was attacked, beaten and abducted as he entered his office in Hamburg. For 33 days he was chained to a cellar wall with a ransom set at 30 million marks ($17.6 million). In 1999 he published "In the Cellar," a chronicle of his captivity.
    (WSJ, 2/26/99, p.W11)

1996        Mar 26, The closest approach of the Hyakutake comet, first sighted Jan 31. It was to come within ten-million miles of the Earth.
    (Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.62)
1996        Mar 26, Edmund Muskie, former senator from Maine, secretary of state and Democratic pres. candidate in 1972, died after a heart attack two days shy of his 82nd birthday.
    (WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)(AP, 3/26/97)
1996        Mar 26 David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., died. In a 1988 letter to his children he declared that the David & Lucille Packard Foundations highest priority must be to reduce world-wide population growth.
    (WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/6/98)
1996        Mar 26, Amid public fears of mad cow disease, British farmers demanded their government order the destruction of old cattle, but Prime Minister John Major refused, and blamed the crisis on his political opponents.
    (AP, 3/26/97)
1996        Mar 26, In Cambodia the Khmer Rouge kidnapped Christopher Howes (37), a mine-clearing expert from Bristol, England, and Huon Huot, his interpreter. In November Howes employer paid $120,000 for his release. The two men were killed shortly after their abduction. Their remains were found in 1998. In 2008 a Cambodian court sentenced four former Khmer Rouge rebels each to up to 20 years in prison for their involvement in the murders.
    (SFC, 11/23/96, p.A11)(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A14)(http://tinyurl.com/7s7x4)(AP, 10/14/08)

1996        Mar 27, The Gays Hill Baptist Church in Millen, Ga., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Mar 27, Bangladesh passed a constitutional amendment setting up a process for calling new elections. Prime Minister Zia may resign soon.
    (WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)
1996          Mar 27, In Algeria seven French Trappist monks were kidnapped overnight from the Notre Dame delAtlas monastery near Medea. The monks were abducted from the Priory of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibehirine, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Algiers, by members of the insurgent Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Their heads were discovered two months later and their death was announced by the GIA. On Jan. 26, 2018, Pope Francis declared the monks to be martyrs.
    (SFC, 5/24/96, p.A14)(AFP, 1/27/18)
1996        Mar 27, The European Union imposed a global ban on British beef and beef products due to concerns over mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1996        Mar 27, An Israeli court convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/27/97)
1996        Mar 27, The UN Security Council (Resolution 1051) established an export-import monitoring system for Iraq and demanded full cooperation.
    (SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)

1996        Mar 28, The US Congress passed the line-item veto, giving the president power to cut government spending by scrapping specific programs.
    (AP, 3/28/97)
1996        Mar 28, The space shuttle Atlantis astronauts said goodbye to the crew of Russia's space station Mir and then flew away, leaving Shannon Lucid behind for a five-month stay in orbit.
    (AP, 3/28/97)
1996        Mar 28, Col. Gadhafi of Libya sent troops to put down unrest in northeastern Libya after a 400 prisoners, many including dissidents and Islamic militants, escaped from prison last week.
    (WSJ, 3/28/96,p.A-1)

1996        Mar 29 Congress passed, and President Clinton quickly signed, a 12th stopgap spending bill to avert a partial federal shutdown.
    (AP, 3/28/97)
1996        Mar 29, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It is a law that was enacted by the United States Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich as Subtitle E of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996.  The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation.
1996        Mar 29, The US and Mexico unveiled a cross-border air pollution control zone to promote joint efforts in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez.
    (WSJ, 3/29/96, p.A-1)
1996        Mar 29, An earthquake in central Ecuador killed 29 people.
    (SFC, 4/6/96, p.A-13)

1996        Mar 30, In the NCAA basketball finals, Kentucky beat Syracuse, 76-67.
    (WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A-20)
1996        Mar 30 The space shuttle Atlantis narrowly avoided having to make an emergency landing when its cargo-bay doors wouldn't open at first to release built-up heat.
    (AP, 3/30/97)
1996        Mar 30, The El Bethal Church in Satartia, Miss., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Mar 30, Funeral services were held in Bethesda, Maryland, for former senator and secretary of state Edmund Muskie.
    (AP, 3/30/01)
1996        Mar 30, Hezbollah guerillas fired 30 Katyusha rockets across the Lebanon border into northern Israel. Israel responded by shelling 15 Shiite Muslim villages. Israel contended that responsibility for the attacks lies with Lebanon and Syria, which occupies Lebanon with 35,000 troops and exercises dominion over government decisions.
    (WSJ, 4/1/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/14/96, p.A-10)
1996        Mar 30, Tamil rebels mounted suicide attacks on a naval convoy and killed a crew of ten. 35 rebels were killed and six of their vessels were sunk off the island nations northeast coast.
    (WSJ, 4/1/96, p.A-1)
1996        Mar 30, The Olympic torch was lit in Greece and began its journey to the games in Atlanta, USA. The games will run 17 days from 7/19-8/4.
    (WSJ, 4/1/96, p.A-1)

1996        Mar 31, Pres. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky resumed their sexual relationship.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996        Mar 31 Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced a halt to combat operations in Chechnya, limited troop withdrawals and a willingness to hold indirect talks with the rebels' leader.
    (AP, 3/31/97)

1996        Mar, The US House voted to repeal the ban on assault weapons. House members voting for the defeat were strongly supported by gun-rights PACS.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.8)
1996        Mar, The US Senate defeated a plan to increase tobacco taxes, whose revenue was targeted for a health care program and a program to tobacco help farmers convert to new crops. Senators voting for the defeat were strongly supported by the tobacco-industry PACS.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.8)
1996        Mar, The US Senate defeated a measure to allow environmental challenges to timber salvage operators. Senators voting for the defeat were strongly supported by the timber industry.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.8)
1996        Mar, The Max Factor Museum of Beauty in Hollywood shut down.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1996        Mar, In Connecticut Northeast Utilities closed its Millstone nuclear power plant under pressure from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission due to safety problems.
    (WSJ, 3/12/98, p.A1)
1996        Mar, A new US toll-free exchange number, 888, was launched. By 1998 it was almost exhausted and another number, 877, was issued.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.D1)

1996        Mar, In Bangladesh Prime Minister Zia resigned but enacted a constitutional amendment that all future elections be held under caretaker governments. Power was passed to former chief justice Mohammed Habibur Rahman. Ultimate power rested with Pres. Abdur Rahman Biswas.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)
1996        Mar, British Prime Minister John Major visited Hong Kong and said that Britain will fight for the 1984 treaty to be respected by China.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1996        Mar, In Haiti more than 100 people were drowned when a ferry sank off the southwest peninsula.
    (SFC, 9/9/97, p.A10)
1996        Mar, Jaleel Andrabi, a Kashmiri human rights lawyer, disappeared in Srinagar at the height of an anti-India uprising. His body was recovered 19 days later in a local river. He had been shot in the head and his eyes gouged out. Avtar Singh, a major in the Indian army, fled the country after he was accused of killing Andrabi. India called for Singhs extradition after his location was discovered following his Feb 21, 2011, arrest in California in a domestic violence case.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
1996        Mar, In Mexico Gov. Ruben Figueroa of Guerrero stepped down after the Supreme Court began an investigation over the June-95 killing of peasants.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.C12)
1996        Mar, The Nicaraguan government granted a 30-year, 153,000 acre concession to the Korean company, Kum-Kyung, for a $20 mil. logging investment. The area overlaps the land of 364 families of Awas Tingni Indians. The Sumos Indians assembled a team of lawyers and fought the concession to the Supreme Court. They then brought a complaint before the Organization of American States for violations to fundamental Indian rights.
    (SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)
1996        Mar, In the Philippines an estimated 3 million tons of tailings leaked from a drainage tunnel of the Marcopper Mining corp. and smothered the Boac River on the island province of Marinduque.
    (SFC, 6/2/96, p.A-12)
1996        Mar, In Thailand authorities arrested 3 N. Korean diplomats and Yoshimi Tanaka for supplying counterfeit US $100 bills. The bills were very high quality and called "Super K" notes. The arrest opened up the possibility for the first case of state-sponsored counterfeiting since WW II.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A10)
1996        Mar, In Russia Anatoly Chubais unofficially took over Yeltsins re-election campaign from First Deputy Oleg Soskovets.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996        Mar, In Vietnam the first new bowling alley opened in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in District 10.
    (WSJ, 8/29/96, p.A8)

1996        Spring, Ground has been broken for the Laser Interferometer Gravita-tional-Wave Observatory (LIGO) near Richland, Wa. Gravitational waves come from bulk motions of matter and LIGO should open our eyes to such tumultuous events in the universe as the gravitational collapse of a star into a black hole, debris and neutron stars tumbling into black holes, and neutron stars being born by supernova explosions.
    (PacDisc. Spring/96, p.38-40)

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