1996 in History
January 1 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
January 1 Curaeao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
January 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 52 performances
January 5 Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement
January 5 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI vs. WI at the Gabba
January 6 Record $65.2 million British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
January 7 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
January 7 "Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 1622 performances
January 8 Blizzard buries eastern U.S. causing at least 50 deaths
January 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
January 10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
January 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins
January 11 Space Shuttle STS-72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
January 12 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with U.S.)
January 14 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 49 performances
January 14 Liselotte Neumann wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champions
January 14 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 97 performances
January 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
January 18 Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in New York
January 19 NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix
January 20 46th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at Fleet Center Boston
January 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win World Series Cup
January 20 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
January 20 WPAT FM New York City radio station switches to English-Spanish format
January 21 53th Golden Globes: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta
January 21 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
January 21 U.S. male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
January 23 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test New Zealand vs. Zim
January 26 "Les Miserables," opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
January 27 15 day old siamese twins separated - Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies
January 27 70th Australian Womens Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (64 61)
January 27 Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st New York female Episcopal bishop
January 27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
January 27 Germany celebrates it's 1st Holocaust Rememberance Day
January 27 Monica Seles beats Anke Huber to win Australian Open
January 27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana vs. Jamaica at Kingston
January 28 84th Australian Mens Tennis: Boris Becker beats M Chang (62 64 26 62)
January 28 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 118 performances
January 28 Superbowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17 in Tempe Superbowl MVP:
January 29 23rd American Music Award: Garth Brooks wins
January 29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
January 29 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
February 2 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
February 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
February 6 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
February 8 NFL and Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
February 9 WYNY-FM in New York City changes calls to WKTU-FM
February 10 IBM's Deep Blue defeats chess champ Gary Kasparov
February 11 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio
February 13 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
February 13 Rock musical "Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opens off-Broadway
February 16 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa vs. UAE at Rawalpindi
February 17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, vs. New Zealand, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
February 18 1st full ODI for Kenya, Cricket World Cup vs. India
February 18 Daytona 500 race
February 18 Tendulkar scores 127* in India's Cricket World Cup win over Kenya
February 19 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York, Pennsylvania on WQXA 105.7 FM
February 21 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
February 22 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
February 22 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 29 performances
February 22 STS-75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit
February 23 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
February 23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
February 24 Cuba downs 2 U.S. planes
February 24 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
February 25 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 52 performances
February 25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad vs Leeward Is
February 27 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
February 28 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
February 29 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup
March 1 Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory
March 1 New toll-free 888 area code introduced
March 2 Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
March 2 Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind vs. SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose
March 3 26th Easter Seal Telethon
March 3 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
March 5 Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
March 6 10th American Comedy Award
March 6 2nd Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
March 6 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 vs. Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup vs. Kenya
March 7 1st surface photos of Pluto by Hubble Space Telescope
March 7 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
March 7 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists
March 9 Javed Miandad's last international in Pak's WC QF loss to India
March 9 Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) vs. England in WC QF
March 9 STS-75 (Columbia 19), lands
March 10 22nd People's Choice Awards: Apollo 13, Tom Hanks wins
March 10 New York City Mayor Guiliani visits Israel
March 11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing New Zealand side vs. Australia, World Cup
March 11 Mark Waugh scores 110 vs. New Zealand for his third century of the World Cup
March 12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
March 13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
March 13 Thomas Hamilton kills 16 kindergardeners, their teacher and himself
March 14 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi
March 14 Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)
March 16 Mike Tyson KOs Frank Bruno in 2nd round
March 17 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* and 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
March 17 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 29 performances
March 17 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst New York City for 17 performances
March 17 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
March 17 Mike Tyson beat Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title
March 17 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena
March 17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
March 18 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
March 19 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson after 38 years of marriage
March 20 Erik and Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
March 20 "Love Thy Neighbor," opens at Booth Theater New York City
March 20 U.K. admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
March 21 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 68 performances
March 22 Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
March 22 STS-76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
March 24 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins
March 24 Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual
March 24 Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
March 24 Metropolitan Transportation Authority raises New York City bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
March 25 68th Academy Awards - "Braveheart," Nicholas Cage and Susan Sarandon win
March 25 Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth
March 25 Freedom Shoemakers on Maryport's Solway Estate closes
March 25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk and Platov (RUS)
March 25 Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova and Bushkov (RUS)
March 25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
March 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
March 25 U.S. issues newly-redesigned $100 bill
March 26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld vs. Vic)
March 27 "State Fair," opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 118 performances
March 28 "7 Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
March 28 Katie Beam, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 35th Miss Teenage America
March 28 "Seven Guitars," opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
March 29 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men
March 29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
March 29 New York Yankees beats New York Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
March 30 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs New Zealand at Port-Of-Spain
March 30 New York Mets beats New York Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game
March 30 Prince Edward and girl-friend Sophie visited Graystoke Castle
March 31 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia 83-65
March 31 1st Opening Day in history in March takes place in Seattle
March 31 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan
March 31 "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst New York City after 17 performances
March 31 Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
March 31 "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne New York City for 66 performances
March 31 Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
March 31 Space Shuttle STS-76 (Atlantis 16), lands
March 31 Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title
April 1 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
April 2 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
April 2 Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
April 3 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
April 3 St. Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
April 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin, Texas on KJFK 98.9 FM
April 4 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 45 performances
April 5 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
April 6 Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
April 7 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
April 7 Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic
April 7 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
April 8 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
April 11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
April 11 "King and I," premieres at Neil Simon Theater in New York City for 781 perform
April 13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
April 13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs New Jersey Devils from playoff
April 14 60th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 276
April 14 "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 1 performance
April 14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
April 15 100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9
April 15 25th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:27:12.6
April 15 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 1 performance
April 18 "Funny Thing Happened," opens at St. James Theater New York City for 715 performances
April 19 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
April 19 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
April 20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
April 21 57th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
April 21 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
April 21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
April 21 "Delicate Balance," opens at Plymouth Theater New York City
April 21 Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup
April 21 Wayne James scores 99 and 99 and ct 11 stp 2 in Logan Cup Final
April 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno, Nevada on KRZQ 96.5 FM
April 23 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie Onassis things nets $34.5 million
April 24 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain
April 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
April 24 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 perf
April 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk," opens at Ambassador Theater New York City
April 26 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
April 26 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
April 27 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
April 28 "Big," opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 193 performances
April 28 Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur Tasmania
April 28 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
April 29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno, California on KFRR 104.1 FM
April 29 "Rent," opens at Nederlander Theater New York City
April 30 "Buried Child," opens at Atkinson Theater New York City for 77 performances
April 30 Dutch/Italian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
April 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids, Michigan on WKLQ 94.5 FM
May 1 Gerald Williams is 1st New York Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 308 performances
May 3 Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks vs. Glam
May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
May 4 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
May 4 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
May 5 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
May 6 Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
May 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford, Connecticut on WCCC 106.9 FM
May 8 New York Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
May 8 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
May 10 2 U.S. Marine helicopters collided during joint U.S. and British war games
May 10 "Twister" premieres
May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
May 11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
May 12 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies
May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 45 performances
May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 68 performances
May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8
May 13 O. J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict
May 14 New York Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0
May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 home runs in 1 inning
May 17 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
May 17 Habib and Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics vs. Worcs
May 18 122nd Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2
May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
May 19 STS-77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
May 21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
May 21 Ken Griffey, Jr., 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs
May 21 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win
May 22 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again," opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 29 performances
May 23 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
May 24 "Spy Hard," starring Leslie Nielsen is released
May 25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
May 26 Indianapolis 500 race
May 26 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 66 performances
May 26 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
May 29 Space Shuttle STS-77 Endeavour 11 lands
May 30 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
May 30 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play and nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension
May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"
May 31 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures
June 1 MTV Movie Awards
June 1 Sony does not renew lease on megatron in Times Square
June 2 50th Tony Awards: Master Class and Rent win
June 2 51st U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Annika Sorenstam
June 2 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
June 5 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee on WMFS 92.9 FM
June 7 Julia and Noah wed on "All My Children"
June 8 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
June 8 66th French Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats A S Vicario (63, 67, 108)
June 8 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
June 8 Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire vs. Hampshire
June 8 Lloyd and Titchard complete 358 stand for 4th wkt Lancs vs. Essex
June 8 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper
June 9 66th French Mens Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats M Stich (76, 75, 76)
June 9 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
June 9 Sunday League game Kent 6-314 overhaul Leicestershire's 4-311
June 10 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
June 10 Colorado Avalanche sweeps Florida Panthers by winning 1-0 in 6 periods
June 10 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toledo, Ohio on WBUZ 106.5 FM
June 10 Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip
June 10 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche sweep Florida Panthers in 4 games
June 11 Bob Dole, Senator-R-Kansas, resigns from U.S. senate to run for president
June 12 3 Philadelphia Federal Court judges overturn U.S. indecency ban on internet
June 13 Freeman in Montana give up to FBI after 81 days
June 14 "Cable Guy" starring Jim Carrey is released
June 14 Karl Krikken out handled the ball for Derbyshire vs. Indians
June 16 1st competitive game played on turf in Holland (in third grade)
June 16 50th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Seat Supersonic, 4 games to 2
June 16 96th U.S. Golf Open: Steve Jones shoots a 278 wins at Oakland Hills CC
June 16 Liselotte Neumann wins First Bank Edina Realty LPGA Golf Classic
June 17 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse New York on WAQX 95.7 FM
June 20 Space Shuttle STS-78, Columbia 20, launches into space
June 22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain and Ireland, 11 - 6
June 22 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavywgt boxing title
June 22 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord's on Test cricket debut
June 23 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament
June 23 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan
June 23 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq New York City after 29 performances
June 28 "Nutty Professor," starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA
June 29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
June 29 Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900
June 30 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater New York City after 77 performances
June 30 Caroline Frolic, Miss Ontario, crowned Miss Renaissance USA
June 30 Dottie Pepper wins ShopRite LPGA Golf Classic
June 30 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 308 performances
June 30 "State Fair," closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 118 performances
July 1 Kevan James scores 103 and takes 4 wkts in 4 balls, Hants vs. Ind
July 1 NHL Winnipeg Jets officially become the Phoenix Coyotes
July 1 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera
July 1 WBSI TV replaces WNYC on channel 31 in New York City
July 4 HotMail, a free internet E-mail service begins
July 5 A's scores 13 in 1st vs Angels
July 5 New York Yankee John Weteland ties Lee Smith's record of 19 consecutive saves
July 6 103rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: S Graf beats Aranxta S Vicaro (63, 75)
July 6 Yankee John Weteland sets record of 20th cons saves en route to 24
July 7 110th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: R Krajicek beats M Washington (63 64 63)
July 7 17th U.S. Seniors Golf Open: Dave Stockton
July 7 Joan Pitcock wins LPGA Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic
July 7 Space Shuttle STS-78, Columbia 20, lands
July 9 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
July 9 All star MVP: Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers
July 9 U.S. Senate approves 90 cents raise to $4.25 minimum wage
July 12 Kirby Puckett, retires from Minnesota Twins
July 12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract for 1 year for $25 million
July 12 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur
July 13 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
July 14 14th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Raymond Floyd
July 14 "How To Succeed in Business..." closes at R Rodgers New York City after 548 perf
July 14 Michelle McGann wins Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic
July 14 New York Yankee John Weteland sets record of 24 consecutive saves
July 14 New York Yankees sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
July 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 32 performances
July 15 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripken goes to 3rd
July 15 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
July 15 Prince Charles and Princess Di sign divorce papers
July 15 Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake
July 17 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of New York City
July 17 Yank John Weteland blows save after record 24 consecutive saves
July 19 Ireland beats Netherlands in 1st European Championship Final
July 19 Jason Gallian scores 312 in 683 minutes for Lancashire vs. Derbyshire
July 19 XXVI Olympic games open in Atlanta, Georgia
July 21 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
July 21 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Friendly's Golf Classic
July 21 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with New York Rangers
July 25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs. United States
July 27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
July 27 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants vs. Worcs
July 28 New York Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th home run
July 28 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Micelob Light Heartland Golf Classic
July 30 Tommy Lasoda retires as Los Angeles Dodger manager
August 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
August 4 24th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies
August 4 26th Olympic games close at Atlanta, Georgia (sched)
August 4 J Bunning, E Weaver, B Foster, and N Hanlon inducted in Hall of Fame
August 5 Dallas Cowboys play Kansas City Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
August 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars
August 10 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican Vice Presidential running mate
August 10 Dare and Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
August 10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
August 10 Yankees lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
August 11 78th PGA Championship: Mark Brooks shoots a 277 at Vallhalla Golf Club Kentucky
August 11 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
August 11 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 32 performs
August 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
August 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
August 18 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
August 18 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in New York City
August 20 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
August 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
August 21 "Hughie," opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City
August 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
August 25 96th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
August 25 Laura Davies wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic
August 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants vs. Middlesex
September 1 Baltimore Ravens (Cleveland Browns) 1st NFL game, beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14
September 2 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000
September 2 Michelle McGann wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
September 2 Soyuz TM-24, lands
September 4 13th MTV Awards: Alanis Morrisett and Smashing Pumpkins wins
September 5 MTV Video Music Awards
September 5 "Summer and Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater New York City
September 6 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career home run
September 7 Women's championship at U.S. Tennis Open
September 8 110th U.S. Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles (75 64)
September 8 116th U.S. Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Michael Chang (61 64 76)
September 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz and Kathy Baker wins
September 8 "7 Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
September 8 Dottie Pepper wins Safeway LPGA title
September 8 Men's championship at U.S. Tennis Open
September 8 Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
September 8 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
September 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 and takes 6-14 for Leics vs. Durham
September 14 A's Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-home runs in a season
September 14 Dean Headley takes 3rd cricket hat-trick of season, Kent vs. Hampshire
September 14 New York Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 home runs by a catcher
September 14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
September 15 2nd Presidents Golf Cup: U.S. beats International team 16 -15 at Robert Jones Va
September 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
September 15 Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
September 15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
September 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India vs. Pakistan at Toronto
September 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City, Florida on WTBB 97.7 FM
September 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits
September 16 Space Shuttle STS-79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space
September 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field
September 18 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts
September 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater New York City
September 21 Christie Brinkey gets married for 4th time, she marries Peter Cook
September 21 John F. Kennedy, Jr. marries Caroline Bisset
September 22 4th Solheim Cup: U.S. beats Europe 17-11 at St. Pierre Wales
September 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in West Palm Beach, Florida on WCLB 95.5 FM
September 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on WZMT 97.9 FM
September 26 San Francisco Giant Bobby Bond is 2nd player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases
September 26 Space Shuttle STS-79 (Atlantis 17), lands
September 27 Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
September 28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team and Sri Lanka
September 28 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
September 28 Nebraska and Penn State are 5th and 6th major colleges to win 700
September 28 New York Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
September 28 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
September 28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Alabama)
September 29 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)
September 29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st U.S. tour (Houston Texas)
September 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 home runs
September 29 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City
September 29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
September 29 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
September 29 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 home runs
September 29 San Diego Padres sweep Los Angeles Dodgers in race for NL West title
September 29 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Fieldcrest Cannon Golf Classic
September 29 U.S. wins Federation Cup over Spain
October 2 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks and Dunn win
October 3 Thunderdome in Tampa Bay renamed Tropicana Field
October 4 BPAA U.S. Bowling Open by Dave Husted
October 4 BPAA U.S. Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
October 4 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka
October 5 Caroline Pierce wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
October 5 Cleveland Indians strike out 23 Baltimore Orioles in 12 inn playoff game
October 5 New York Yankee Bernie Williams switch hits home runs in a post season game
October 6 Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
October 6 Caroline Pierce wins JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
October 6 New York Jet Nick Lowrey ties Jan Stenerud with 373 NFL field goals
October 9 Howard Stern's book "Miss America" released in paperback
October 10 Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in New York City
October 11 Ford buys rights to named Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
October 13 Annika Sorenstam wins Betsy King LPGA Golf Classic
October 13 "Big," closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 193 performances
October 13 New York Jet Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374
October 13 Yankees (3) and Orioles (3) combine to tie play off record of 6 home runs
October 14 Braves blow out St. Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
October 14 Dow Jones closes over 6,000 for 1st time (6,010)
October 14 Packer Chris Jacke kicks longest field goal to end overtime (53 yards)
October 17 "Taking Sides," opens at Atkinson Theater New York City
October 19 Braves beat New York Yankees by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
October 20 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
October 20 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
October 20 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
October 20 "Summer and Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater New York City
October 20 Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wkt
October 20 Wasim Akram scores cricket 257 vs. Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, 12 sixes
October 22 New York Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season home run, as Yankees tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)
October 23 New York Yankees set record by coming back from 6-0 in World Series game to beat Atlanta Braves 8-6, also set record of 7th straight road win
October 24 Hasan Raza makes Test Cricket debut for Pakistan age 14 years 238 days
October 24 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yankees win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses)
October 25 Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
October 26 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup at Woodbine
October 27 U.S. beats Japan, 21 -14, at Nichirei International Golf Tournament
October 28 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
November 2 "Hughie," closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City
November 3 26th New York City Women's Marathon won by Anuta Catuna of Romania in 2:28:18
November 3 27th New York City Marathon won by Giacomo Leone of Italy in 2:09:54
November 3 "It's a Slippery Slope," opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City
November 3 Mayumi Hirase wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup
November 3 Toray Japan Queens Cup
November 5 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of
November 6 Los Angeles Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
November 7 "3 Sisters" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City
November 7 NFL/Heisman Trophy Winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times
November 7 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai vs. Saurashtra
November 11 Braves John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award
November 12 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
November 13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
November 13 "Three Sisters," closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City
November 14 "Chicago," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City
November 14 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
November 15 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 2 performances
November 16 18th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 28 awards
November 16 "Into the Whirlwind" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 2 performances
November 17 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
November 17 Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
November 18 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she's charged with murder
November 19 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox
November 19 "God Said, Ha!," opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 22 performances
November 19 "Sex and Longing" closes at Cort Theater New York City
November 19 Space Shuttle STS-80 (Columbia 21), launches into space
November 21 "Rehearsal" opens at Criterion Theater New York City
November 22 O. J. Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is "absolutely not true"
November 23 Irebe Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
November 24 CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Edmonton, 43-37 at Hamilton
November 24 "Juan Darien - A Carnival Mass," opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City
November 24 Karrie Webb wins ITT LPGA Tour Championship
November 24 Mashonaland defeat Matabeleland to win the Logan Cricket Cup
November 24 Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan vs. New Zealand Lahore
November 24 Rookie Karrie Webb wins LPGA Tour Championship
November 25 After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
November 26 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
November 26 Colbert, Floyd and Irwin win Wendy's Senior 3 Tour Golf Challenge
November 26 Couples, Davies, Sheehan and Sorenstam win Wendy's Lady's 3 Tour Golf
November 26 Couples, Love and Stewart win Wendy's Men's 3 Tour Golf Challenge
December 1 85th Davis Cup: France beats Sweden in Malmo (3-2)
December 1 Lance Klusener takes 8-64 in debut Test Cricket to trounce India
December 4 7th Billboard Music Awards
December 4 NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral
December 4 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
December 5 "Dreams and Nightmares," opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City
December 5 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
December 5 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal, 18, becomes youngest NBA player
December 6 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
December 7 Space Shuttle STS-80 (Columbia 21), lands
December 8 Donna Andrews and Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
December 8 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 22 performances
December 12 Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)
December 12 Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou
December 13 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays
December 14 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards
December 14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (quarterback)
December 15 Dottie Pepper and Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
December 15 Jim Colbert and Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
December 15 Tom Lehman and Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches
December 18 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe and England
December 18 Television industry executives agree to adopt a ratings system
December 19 "Once Upon a Matress," opens at Broadhurst New York City for 187 performances
December 21 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
December 22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yards for TD
December 22 Wendy's Three Tour Golf Challenge
December 22 Zimbabwe and England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England need 1 to win
December 23 4 women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
December 27 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21
December 28 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st inning
December 29 "Dreams and Nightmares" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City
December 29 "Skylight" closes at Royale Theater New York City after
December 29 "Taking Sides" closes at Atkinson Theater New York City