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January 5th
Terrorist group Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash was killed by a mobile telephone booby-trapped by the Israelis.
January 8th
In France, François Mitterrand the President of France died.
January 20th
In the Middle-East, Yasser Arafat was re-elected President of the Palestinian Authority.
January 24th
Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned amid the charges that he spied for the Russians.
January 26th
Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury with regard to the Whitewater scandal. President Clinton was also implicated.
January 29th
French President Jacques Chirac announced a 'definitive end' to French nuclear testing, which was restarted in French Polynesia on June 13th 1995.
January 30th
Leader of the Irish National Liberation Army Gino Gallagher was killed, in an internal feud, while in line for his unemployment benefit.
January 31st
An explosives-filled truck rammed into the gates of the Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The attack killed 86 and injured 1,400 people.
Defected Iraqi weapons program leader Hussein Kamel, and son-in-law to Saddam Hussein, returned to Iraq. Kamel had forced Iraq to reveal portions of its illegal nuclear and chemical weapons programs. After his return Saddam Hussein unleashed his wrath. Kamel was murdered along with his brother, father, sister and her children.
February 9th
The IRA ceasefire ended when they exploded a 1 ton bomb in Canary Wharf, London. Two people were killed dead.
February 10th
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, chess computer 'Deep Blue' developed by IBM played world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Deep Blue was the first computer to defeat a reigning champion in a chess game.
February 17th
The chess match between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the IBM supercomputer 'Deep Blue' ended. Garry Kasparov won the match 4-2, with three wins, two draws and one defeat.
February 18th
An IRA bomb was accidently detonated on a London bus. The blast killed the bomber and injured 9 in the West End of London.
March 13th
The Dunblane Massacre. A gunman entered a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and fired with two handguns at teachers and children. 15 children and 1 teacher were slaughtered, and many others injured. The gunman escaped justice by turning his gun on himself.
March 19th
The capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo, became a united city again when Bosnian authorities took control of the last district that had been held by the Serbs.
March 20th
In Los Angeles, California, Lyle and Erik Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder of their parents. The brothers had used shotguns to kill their mother and father in the family home.
March 25th
An 81-day long stand off between anti-government Freemen in Jordan, Montana and federal officers began in the USA.
March 26th
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $10.2 billion loan to Russia for 'economic reform'.
April 3rd
In the United States, the suspected serial bomber, the 'Unabomber', Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his Montana cabin.
April 10th
United States President Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that would have banned partial-birth abortion.
April 18th
In the Middle-East, over 100 Lebanese civilians were killed after the Israelis shelled the UN compound in Qana.
April 28th
Martin Bryant killed 35 people when he went on a shoting spree at the Port Arthur tourist site, Tasmania, Australia.
May 20th
The British actor Jon Pertwee died. Pertwee was a renowned stage actor and was most famous for playing Dr. Who in the BBC cult series.
May 27th
The Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiated a cease-fire in the war.
As Iraq continued to refuse inspectors access to a number of sites, the U.S. failed in its attempt to build support for military action against Iraq in the UN Security Council.
June 10th
In Northern Ireland peace talks began without the Irish nationalist party, Sinn Féin.
June 13th
The 81-day stand off in Jordan, Montana, between the anti-government Freemen and FBI agents ended with their surrender.
June 15th
The Irish terrorist group, the IRA (Irish Republican Army), detonated a large bomb that devastated the City Centre of Manchester in England.
June 25th
In Saudi Arabia, 19 U.S. servicemen were killed by a bomb at the Khobar Towers.
July 5th
In Scotland Dolly the sheep, cloned from an adult cell, was born at the Roslin Institute. Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully cloned, but would die prematurely in February 2003. Dolly's brith would not be announced to the world until February 22nd 1997.
July 17th
Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound Boeing 747 carrying TWA flight 800 exploded with all 230 passengers killed.
July 27th
A bomb was detonated at the Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, USA. The bomb killed one and injured 111 other people.
August 6th
NASA announced that the ALH 84001 meteorite thought to originate from Mars, contained evidence of primitive life-forms.
August 7th
Heavy rains caused floods which killed more than 80 campers near Huesca in Spain.
August 13th
Data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicated there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons.
August 17th
Under threat of subpoena, President Clinton testified to a grand jury via closed-camera, on possible perjury regarding an extra marital affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
August 28th
In London, England, the High Court of Justice officially announced the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was restyled, Diana, Princess of Wales.
September 25th
In Ireland, the last of the Magdalen Asylums was closed. Institutions for women considered 'fallen' by the Roman Catholic Church. Magdalen Asylums had institutionised women, against their will, for 150 years.
September 27th
In Afghanistan, the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul. The Taliban drove out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executed the former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
October 23rd
In the United States, the O.J. Simpson civil trial began with the opening statements in Los Angeles, California..
November 5th
In the U.S. presidential election President Bill Clinton (Democrat) defeated the Republican challenger Bob Dole to win his second term as President, and became the first Democrat President to win a second term of office since F.D. Roosevelt.
November 7th
NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. It began NASA's return to Mars after a 20-year absence.
November 15th
Alger Hiss, former U.S. State Department official died. Hiss was accused of spying for the Soviet Union. Sentenced to five years on January 25th 1950, but served 44 months at the Lewisburg Federal Prison. Hiss maintained his innocence and fought to clear his name until his death at the age of 92.
November 16th
Albanian 'Angel of Mercy' Mother Teresa was granted honorary US citizenship.
December 4th
NASA's Mars Pathfinder was launched on board a Delta II rocket. It would be a 7-month voyage to the surface of Mars, which would arrive on July 4th 1997, at the Ares Vallis, a region called Chryse Planitia.
December 12th
Uday Hussein, son of Iraq leader Saddam Hussein, was seriously injured in a failed assassination attempt on his life.
December 17th
Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement took 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
December 20th
In the United States, Steve Jobs and his company NeXT were bought back into the Apple company, the company he originally founded.
December 20th
The American astronomer and author Carl Sagan died. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan helped to develop the Voyager Golden Record that was sent out with the Voyager space probes.
December 26th
In the United States, the six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, was found murdered in her family's basement in Boulder, Colorado.
December 27th
Taliban forces retook the strategic Bagram air base which solidified their buffer zone around Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
December 29th
Guatemala and the leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord that ended a 36 year a civil war.
December 30th
Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu sparked protests from 250,000 workers who shut down the services across Israel.
December 31st
Boutros Boutros-Ghali stepped down as the Secretary General of the United Nations. He was then succeeded by Kofi Annan.

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