1996 News and Interesting History Tidbits

Rwanda Refugee Problem
Sixty United Nations trucks ploughed through mud, bringing 8,000 Rwandan refugees back to the country they left two years ago. Some of the Hutu refugees were frightened of returning to face the new Tutsi government. During the genocide Hutus slaughtered a half million Tutsis. Thirty-five thousand Rwandans remained in Burundi refugee camps.

900 million African bees die
Fruit crops and African plants were in danger of dying because 900 million Native African bees died. The death of the bees was caused by intermingling them with foreign bees that were imported from the Cape. Non-native bees interfered with the mating process of the African bees.

Alan Greenspan Questions Value Of Stock Market
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questions whether the stock market is overvalued, saying in a speech in Washington, ''How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly inflated asset values? that is thought to have led Japanese stocks to fall 3.2%

Dunblane Scotland Massacre
In Dunblane, Scotland Thomas Hamilton bursts into the gymnasium of the Dunblane Primary School with four guns and opens fire on a kindergarten class killing Sixteen children and their teacher . Hamilton was known to have a history of drug use. He also had resigned from his position as a Boy Scout leader in the 1980s, due to “improper behavior”. As a result stricter gun laws were passed in Great Britain and the British Government has announced plans to outlaw almost all handguns . .

Australia Gunman Kills 35
A gunman has shot and killed 32 people in the tourist town of Port Arthur, Tasmania. The gunman is now holding three people hostage in a local guest-house.

The gunman "Martin Bryant" did kill the three hostages during the siege and is captured by police the next day and is found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole

IRA Bombing Campaign
The IRA plants a bomb that explodes in the Docklands area of London, One man is found dead and another person has been reported missing. The bombing marks the end of a 17-month IRA ceasefire during which Irish, British and American leaders worked for a political solution to the troubles in Northern Ireland.

The IRA detonates a massive bomb outside the Arndale shopping centre at lunch time injuring 200 mostly by flying glass, and seven are said to be in a serious condition. The IRA had issued a telephone warning at 1000 or the deaths and injuries would have been much more severe.

Unabomber Arrested
Theodore John Kaczynski is arrested by the FBI accused of being the Unabomber, the elusive terrorist blamed for 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 during an 18-year period.

MSNBC Launched
MSNBC a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC , a 24-hour all-news network, is launched on cable TV and the Internet.

Olympic Games 1996
The Summer Olympic Games of the XXVI Olympiad are held in Atlanta, United States

Once again a terrorist attack at the Games in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing killed a spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others dominated the news.

The USA Basketball Dream Team III including Barkley, Malone, Pippen, Robinson, and Stockton, Hakeem Olajuwon and O'Neal. cruise to another gold medal win.

Kurt Angle better known for his exploits as part World Wrestling Entertainment wins a Gold medal in 100 kg (220 lb) freestyle wrestling .

The US Women's Soccer team won the Gold Medal in the first ever Women's Soccer Event

Hostages Taken At Japanese Embassy
14 Peruvian guerrillas members of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) take hundreds of people hostage at a party at the official residence of Japan's ambassador to Peru in Lima.

After 4 months of unsuccessful negotiations, the group of remaining hostages was freed via a raid by Peruvian Armed Forces commandos, during which one hostage, two commandos, and all the MRTA militants were killed.

US Base Attacked In Saudi Arabia
A truck loaded with high explosives is detonated at a U.S. military housing complex killing 19 Americans and injuring hundreds more.

The first cloning of an animal by scientists was revealed by the Roslin Institute in Scotland when DOLLY THE SHEEP was cloned from tissue taken from a 6 year old ewe's udder.

Kofi Annan chosen as the UN secretary-general.
The U.N. Security Council chooses Kofi Annan of Ghana to be the United Nations seventh secretary-general.

Rwanda Tutsis Revenge
Two years after the large scale massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda the problems in Rwanda are flaring up again and this time with the Tutsis in power it is them who committing the slaughter on the Hutus. The peace in Rwanda is fragile and now with the minority Tutsis in power and exacting revenge this could again turn into a civil war where the innocents from both sides will be those losing their lives, The United Nations is hoping a larger force of peacekeepers will help but when a country is on a cycle of destruction of its own people this becomes a tall order.

Megan's Law
President Bill Clinton signed a measure strengthening the ( 42 U.S.C. § 13701 passed in 1995 )law over neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.
Megan's Law is the informal name for authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders who moved into local neighbourhood Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.

Israel carries out a series of air strikes on Hezbollah targets in Beirut
Israel carries out a series of air strikes on Hezbollah targets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The assaults on Hezbollah targets in "Operation Grapes of Wrath" are in retaliation for rocket attacks earlier on northern Israeli settlements.

20 inches snow in one day
One of the worst snow blizzards in US History started with up to 20 inches falling in a single day on the east coast in some areas and heavy wind gusts causing travel to be nearly impossible in many areas , the blizzard lasted for over two weeks

Kasparov Loses To A Computer
The legendary Russian Chess Grandmaster Kasparov loses his first chess game to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. He did go on to gain three wins and two draws and easily winning the match

Greek Tourists Killed By Gunmen In Egypt
Egyptian gunmen open fire on a group of tourists outside the Europa Hotel in Cairo, killing Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide.

The terrorist Islamic group, al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, admitted it was behind the attack but thought the tourists were Israelis.

Mississippi Churches Burnt burned to the ground
Two more rural churches (Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church and Central Grove Baptist Church) were burned to the ground. The majority of the members of these congregations were black. The number of black churches burned within the previous 18 months is now 37.

Alexandria Discovered
Divers have discovered the ancient port of Alexandria from 2000 years ago which was swallowed by the sea and contains the ruins of Cleopatras Palace and Mark Anthony's home and temple when the Roman warrior was in Egypt. Divers have found thousands of artifacts dating back to 323BC to 30BC and many of the original columns are still standing and in remarkable condition.

The Sea Empress
The supertanker, the Sea Empress, runs aground on the welsh coast, spilling 70,000 tons of crude oil causing widespread environmental damage including severe effects to several local bird sanctuaries.

Iraq Biological Weapons Dismantled
UN Experts and Iraq Officials have started dismantling a Biological Weapons Factory outside of Baghdad as called for by sanctions imposed by the UN following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

Newbury A34 Bypass Protesters
Protesters against the A34 Newbury Bypass in Berkshire, Southern England now include six environmental organisations Friends of the Earth, the Council for British Archaeology, Greenpeace UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildlife Trusts and the World Wide Fund for Nature all voiced disapproval of the new road scheme. Over with around 7000 protesters.

Activists fighting the building of the bypass have built tunnels and tree houses and are using themselves as human shields to prevent security men and diggers from moving in.

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