Timeline 1996

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News Highlights of 1996

News Highlights of 1996

• O.J. Simpson trial begins
The OJ Simpson trial begins when OJ is charged with murder
• Divorce!
Princess Diana and Prince Charles are divorced. She has her 'HRH' removed.
• Women's Softball Makes Its Debut In 1996 Olympics
Women's softball finally becomes an Olympic event in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atanta, Georgia. The U.S.A. team will go on to win gold by defeating China.

Blizzard of 1996
In early January 1996, a record blizzard shut down the Northeast with big snowfall totals. Up to 2 feet fell in Washington and New York, while downtown Philadelphia saw almost 3 feet. Up to 40 inches of snow fell in the mountains of West Virginia. The Northeast was shut down for several days as two more storms would come.

• Nasa Uncover Possible Ancient Life In Martian Rock
Scientists at NASA released a study describing possible microbe fossils found on a meteorite which was strewn from the planet Mars. This event marked the first scientific evidence for the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
• 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing
Two people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a bomb exploded in a crowded pavillion at the Atlanta 2000 Summer Olympics. Police would later arrest Eric Rudolph for the criminal act in late May of 2003.
• Microsoft vs Dept of Justice
1997 was when the US Dept of Justice announced proceedings against Microsoft Corporation in its Antitrust Suit on its Windows operating system and its corporate practises. Settlement was 4 years later in Nov 2001.
• Lance Armstrong Got Cancer
Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer
• Nintendo 64 Released
The Nintendo 64 is released. Gamers rejoice.

Entertainment News of 1996

  • First 3D Game
    The first complete 3d game 'Quake' was release. It sent shockwaves through the gaming industry and the many great mods were made of this including 'Half Life'.
  • DVD's are Launched in Japan
  • Ebay started the online auction and shopping website, where people buy and sell goods and services worldwide.
    In 12 months number of Internet host computers goes from 1 million to 10 million
  • Internet Explorer 3 web browser released
  • The first version of the Java programming language is released.
  • Duke Nukem 3D Shareware released to public

Sports Highlights of 1996
Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys won 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers
The New York Yankees won 1996 World Series defeating the Atlanta Braves.
Grey Cup – Toronto Argonauts win 43-37 over the Edmonton Eskimos
Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500
NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte
Formula One Championship - Damon Hill of Great Britain

Top Movies of 1996
• Independence Day
• Twister
• Scream
• Mission: Impossible
• Jerry Maguire
• 101 Dalmatians
• The Rock
• The Nutty Professor
• The Birdcage
• A Time to Kill
• The English Patient
• Star Trek: First Contact

Top Songs of 1996
1. Macarena , Los Del Rio
2. One Sweet Day, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
3. Because You Loved Me , Celine Dion
4. Nobody Knows , Tony Rich Project
5. Always Be My Baby , Mariah Carey
6. Give Me One Reason , Tracy Chapman
7. Tha Crossroads , Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
8. I Love You Always Forever , Donna Lewis
9. You're Makin' Me High /Let It Flow , Toni Braxton
10. Twisted , Keith Sweat

Top Musicians of 1996
• Spice Girls First Number 1 "Wannabe"
• Mariah Carey
• Eric Clapton
• Blur
• Dalida
• Jamiroquai
• Snoop Doggy Dogg
• Oasis
• Madonna
• Metallica
• Gravity Kills
• Rage Against the Machine
• 2Pac
• The Wallflowers
• Sheryl Crow
• Red Hot Chili Peppers
• The Smashing Pumpkins
• Marilyn Manson