Information for the Year 1996
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- Chechens capture 2,000 Russians (Jan. 9). Chechnya peace treaty signed (May 27).
- France agrees to end nuclear testing (Jan. 29).
- Britain alarmed by an outbreak of "mad cow" disease (March 20)
- UN tribunal charges war crimes by Bosnian Muslims and Croats (March 22). Nations pledge $1.23 billion in aid to rebuild Bosnia (April 22).
- South Africa gets new constitution (May 8).
- Israel elects Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister (May 31).
- Iraqis strike at Kurdish enclave (Aug. 31); after warning, US attacks Iraq's southern air defenses (Sept. 2–3).
- Militant Taliban leaders seize Afghan capital of Kabul (Sept. 27).
- # Ethnic violence breaks out in Zairian refugee camps (Oct. 13); Clinton approves plan for UN-backed relief mission for 1.2 million Hutu refugees starving in eastern Zaire (Nov. 13). Hundreds of thousands return to Rwanda (Nov. 15–18).
- Population: 5.760 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta (East Timor)
- US budget crisis in fourth month (Jan 3).
- Clinton approves resumption of many government operations (Jan. 6).
- Bob Dole sweeps primaries (March 5).
- F.B.I. arrests suspected Unabomber (April 3).
- Clinton signs line-item veto bill (April 9).
- Congress passes welfare reform bill (Aug. 2); approved by Clinton Aug. 22.
- Republican convention nominates Bob Dole and Jack Kemp (Aug. 14); Democratic convention nominates incumbents Clinton and Gore, who win the national election (Nov. 5).
- Clinton appoints Madeleine Albright as first female US secretary of state (Dec. 5).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 265,189,794
- Life expectancy: 76.1 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $7,661.60 billion
- Federal spending: $1572.41 billion
- Federal debt: $5207.3 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars):$35,492
- Consumer Price Index: 156.9
- Unemployment: 5.4%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.32
- Super Bowl Dallas Cowboys defeated Pittsburgh Steelers (SCORE 27-17)
- World Series of Baseball New York Yankees defeated Atlanta Braves
- National Basketball Association Championship Chicago defeated Seattle
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Colorado Avalanche defeated Florida Panthers
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Steffi Graf defeated A.S. Vicario (6-3 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Richard Krajicek defeated M. Washington (6-3 6-4 6-3)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Grindstone
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Kentucky defeated Syracuse (SCORE 76-67)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Florida (RECORD 12-1-0)
- President Bill Clinton signs legislation that significantly deregulates telecommunications, creating almost limitless opportunities for broadcasters and cable companies. Pressured by the Federal Communications Commission, television broadcasters agree to include three hours a week of educational children's programming into their schedules.
- Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald dies.
- Broadcasters and television and PC manufacturers agree on a standard for HDTV (high-definition digital television).
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Braveheart
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Kiss From a Rose by Seal
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Frasier - NBC
- Miss America: Shawntel Smith (Oklahoma)
- Approximately 45 million people are using the Internet, with roughly 30 million of those in North America (United States and Canada), 9 million in Europe, and 6 million in Asia/Pacific (Australia, Japan, etc.). 43.2 million (44%) of US households own a personal computer, and 14 million of them are online.
- Global warming climbs to record (Jan. 3).
- Scientists analyzing a Martian meteorite claim that it may provide evidence for the existence of ancient life on Mars.
- Dr. Ian Wilmut and his team clone the world's first sheep from adult cells. The lamb born in July 1996 is named Dolly.
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