1996 in history

1996 events chronologically

Jan 1 Curaçao gains limited self-government, though it remains within free association with the Netherlands
Jan 3 The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale
Jan 8 An Antonov An-32 cargo aircraft crashes into a crowded market in Kinshasa, Zaire, killing up to 237 on the ground; the aircraft's crew of 6 survive the crash
Jan 9 First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighboring Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians
Jan 11 Space Shuttle program: STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour
Jan 17 The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union
Jan 19 The barge North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Top 7 most famous people born in 1996

Apr 4 Austin Mahone an American pop singer-songwriter. He is currently signed to Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records
Apr 14 Abigail Breslin an American actress. She appeared in her first commercial when she was three years old, and in her first film, Signs , at the age of five. Her other film roles include Little Miss Sunshine, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, , No Reservations , Nim's Island , Definitely, Maybe , My Sister's Keeper , Zombieland , Rango , August: Osage County , The Call , Ender's Game , and Perfect Sisters
Jul 5 Dolly (sheep) a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics, based near Edinburgh. The funding for Dolly's cloning was provided by PPL Therapeutics and the Ministry of Agriculture. She was born on 5 July 1996 and died from a progressive lung disease 5 months before her seventh birthday. She has been called "the world's most famous sheep" by sources including BBC News and Scientific American
Sep 1 Zendaya an American actress, singer and dancer. She began performing at an early age with the dance group Future Shock Oakland, the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, and as part of her studies at the Oakland School for the Arts and Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory Program. While she was in her early teens, she embarked on her entertainment career, graduating from modeling work for Macy's and Old Navy to appearing in the video for Kidz Bop's version of Katy Perry's hit single, "Hot n Cold"
Oct 24 Kyla Ross an American artistic gymnast who was a member of the Fierce Five - the gold medal-winning US women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ross was also a member of the gold-medal winning US team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Individually, she is the 2013 World all-around silver medalist and the 2014 World all-around bronze medalist. She is also the 2013 World uneven bars and balance beam silver medalist
Nov 7 Lorde a New Zealand singer and songwriter. Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing as a child. In her early teens, she signed with Universal Music Group and was later paired with the songwriter and record producer Joel Little, who co-wrote and produced most of Lorde's works. Her first major release, The Love Club EP, was commercially released in March 2013. The project charted at number two on the national record charts of Australia and New Zealand
Dec 11 Hailee Steinfeld an American actress. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Top 7 most famous people died in 1996

Jan 8 François Mitterrand the 21st President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra, serving from 1981 until 1995. He is the longest-serving President of France and, as leader of the Socialist Party, the first figure from the left elected President under the Fifth Republic
Jan 28 Joseph Brodsky a Russian-American poet and essayist.
Jun 15 Ella Fitzgerald an American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves. Often referred to as the "First Lady of Song," the "Queen of Jazz" and "Lady Ella," she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing
Sep 13 Tupac Shakur an American rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone which ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, he was ranked number 2 by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. 2Pac is also ranked as the most influential rapper of all time
Nov 3 Jean-Bédel Bokassa a military officer and the head of state of the Central African Republic and its successor state, the Central African Empire, from his coup d'état on 1 January 1966 until 20 September 1979. Of this period, he served almost eleven years as president , and for almost three years he reigned as self-proclaimed emperor. Following his overthrow, the Central African Republic was restored. Bokassa's imperial title did not achieve international diplomatic recognition
Nov 21 Abdus Salam a Pakistani theoretical physicist who, when he shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to electroweak unification, became the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize and also the second Muslim to win the prize, after Anwar El Sadat of Egypt, and the first Muslim to win the prize in science.
Dec 20 Carl Sagan an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus. However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them