• July 5, 1996 - Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.

  • July 17 - Off the coast of Long Island, New York, Paris-bound TWA flight 800 explodes, killing all 230 on board.

  • July 19 - The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia is opened by U.S. president Bill Clinton.

  • July 27 - In Atlanta, a pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics, killing one and injuring 111.

  • August 6 - NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life forms.

  • October-November (sources vary) - Al-Jazeera, Arabic television news channel based in Qatar, starts broadcasting.

  • November 5 - Bill Clinton defeats Bob Dole in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

  • November 16 - Mother Teresa receives honorary U.S. citizenship.

  • December 5 - Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan gives a speech in which he suggests that "irrational exuberance" may have "unduly escalated asset values."

  • December 29 - Guatemala and the leaders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord that ends a 36-year civil war.

  • December 30 - In the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.

  • December, 1996 - Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is removed from an advanced placement English reading list in Lindale, Texas because it "conflicted with the values of the community."

  • 1996 - Over a billion households worldwide now own television sets.

  • January 19, 1997 - Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

  • January 22 - Madeleine Albright becomes the first female secretary of state after confirmation by the United States Senate.

  • February 4 - O. J. Simpson is found to be civilly liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Simpson is ordered to pay $35,000,000 in damages to the families of the two victims.

  • February 5 - The so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.

  • February 9 - The Simpsons surpasses The Flintstones as the longest-running prime-time animated series.

  • March 4 - United States President Bill Clinton bars federal funding for any research on human cloning.

  • April 14 - Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, seven miles from Mecca-343 people are dead.

  • April 21 - In the first space burial, a Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit.

  • April 22 - A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, two soldiers are killed from rebel fire and all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels are slain.

  • May 1 - The United Kingdom's Labour Party ends 18 years of Conservative rule in the 1997 U.K. general election, and Tony Blair is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

  • May 10 - An earthquake near Ardekul in northeastern Iran kills at least 2,400 people.

  • June 10 - Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.

  • June 11 - The British House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.

  • June 13, 1997 - A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to the death penalty for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Prizes 1996-1997

  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Jorie Graham: The Dream of the Unified Field
  • Nobel Prize for Literature: Wislawa Szymborska
  • Whitbread Best Book Award: Seamus Heaney, The Spirit Level
  • Nobel Peace Prize: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta, "for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor."

More Technology News 1996-1997

  • Emerging Technologies: Virtual environments (VRML), Collaborative tools, internet appliance (Network Computer).
  • Various ISPs suffer extended service outages, bringing into question whether they will be able to handle the growing number of users.
  • MCI upgrades internet backbone, adding ~13,000 ports, bringing the effective speed from 155Mbps to 622Mbps.

Restrictions on internet use around the world this year include:

  • China: Requires users and ISPs to register with the police
  • Germany: Cuts off access to some newsgroups carried on CompuServe
  • Saudi Arabia: Confines internet access to universities and hospitals
  • Singapore: Requires political and religious content providers to register with the state
  • New Zealand: classifies computer disks as "publications" that can be censored and seized

Source for world timeline: www.wikipedia.org. Source for internet timeline: Hobbes' Internet Timeline 7.0

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