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This was the year that the Internet entered public consciousness and also the year it was completely privatized and the United States Government no longer funded it with public money - in April 1995 the NSFNET was retired. America Online and Prodigy offered access to the World Wide Web system for the first time this year, releasing browsers that made it easily accessible to the general public.
- February 1 – Lyricist/guitarist Richey Edwards of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers goes missing from a hotel in Bayswater, London on the eve of a planned tour of the United States. His car is found two weeks later at Severn View services in Aust.
- February 9 – STS-63: Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale became the second African American and Briton, respectively, to walk in space.
- February 13 – A United Nations tribunal on human rights violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
- February 15 – Hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with penetrating some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
- February 17
- February 21
- February 23 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33 – the Dow's first ever close above 4,000.
- February 25 – Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) (Organización del Tratado de Cooperación Amazónica [OTCA]).
- February 26 – The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
- February 27 – In Denver, Colorado, Stapleton Airport closes and is replaced by the new Denver International Airport, the largest in the United States.
- February 28 – Members of the group Patriot's Council are convicted in Minnesota of manufacturing ricin.
- March 1
- March 2 – Nick Leeson is arrested in Singapore for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.
- March 3 – In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
- March 6 – On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes") in the United States, Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
- March 12 – The Gazi Quarter riots occur in Sultangazi (then Gaziosmanpaşa), Istanbul, Turkey. A few days later, riots break out in Ümraniye, Istanbul and Kızılay, Ankara also.
- March 13 – David Daliberti and William Barloon, Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
- March 14 – Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21), lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- March 16 – Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The amendment was nationally ratified in 1865.
- March 20 – Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway: Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on 5 subway trains in Tokyo, killing 13 and injuring 5,510.
- March 22 – Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
- March 24 – For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- March 26 – The Schengen Agreement, easing cross-border travel, goes into effect in several European countries.
- March 30 – A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.
- March 31
- May 1
- May 7 – Finland wins the ice hockey world championship.
- May 10 – At Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, a runaway locomotive falls into a lift shaft onto an ascending cage and causes it to plunge 1,500 feet (460 m) to the bottom of the 6,900 feet (2,100 m) deep shaft, killing 104.
- May 11 – More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
- May 13 – The 6.6 Mw Western Macedonia earthquake shakes northwestern Greece with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), injuring 25 and causing $450 million in damage.
- May 14
- May 16 – Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara.
- May 17 – Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
- May 20 – U.S. President Bill Clinton indefinitely closes part of the street in front of the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue, to vehicular traffic in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.
- May 21 – Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
- May 24 – AFC Ajax wins the UEFA Champions League at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna by defeating A.C. Milan 0–1 by a goal of Patrick Kluivert. This was the third consecutive win of Ajax over Milan that season, ranking Ajax in the fourth place on the list of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners.
- May 27
- August 2 – The first cold front of the White Earthquake strikes Chile; during the rest of August several communities becomes isolated due to heavy snowfall and livestock is decimated.
- August 3 – An Il-76TD piloted by a Russian crew is forced down by Taliban fighter planes. The crew escape with the aircraft on August 16, 1996.
- August 4 – Croatian forces, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, launch Operation Storm against rebel Republic of Serbian Krajina forces, which subsequently ceases to exist as a political entity.
- August 5 – Croatian forces liberate, Knin, and continue their advance into the Republic of Serbian Krajina.
- August 6 – Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
- August 7 – Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Republic of Serbian Krajina forces start surrendering.
- August 11 – The Russell Hill subway accident results in 3 deaths and 30 injuries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- August 14 – An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
- August 16 – Bermudans reject independence in a referendum.
- August 24 – Microsoft releases Windows 95.
- August 28 – A Bosnian Serb mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
- August 29 – Eduard Shevardnadze, the Georgian head of state, survives an assassination attempt in Tbilisi.
- August 30 – The NATO bombing campaign against Bosnian Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continuing into September. At the same time, ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Bosnian Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia, and Bosnian Krajina.
- October 3 – O. J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
- October 4
- France launches a counter-coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France; Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the interim president.
- Hurricane Opal makes landfall at Pensacola Beach, Florida, as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph (185 km/h) winds.
- October 5 – Tansu Çiller of DYP forms the new government of Turkey (51st government, a minority government which failed to receive the vote of confidence).
- October 6 – Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed extrasolar planet orbiting an ordinary main-sequence star.
- October 9 – 1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
- October 15 – The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
- October 16 – The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
- October 17 – French woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days, making her the oldest person ever recorded.
- October 23 – In Houston, Texas, Yolanda Saldívar is convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez, and 3 days later is sentenced to life in prison.
- October 24 – A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia.
- October 25 – A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
- October 26 – An avalanche hits the village Flateyri in Iceland, killing 20 people.
- October 28 – A fire in Baku Metro, Azerbaijan, kills 289 passengers (the world's worst subway disaster).
- October 30
- November – The Indian government officially renames the city of Bombay, restoring the name Mumbai.
- November 1
- November 2 – The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.
- November 3 – At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
- November 4 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
- November 7 – Typhoon Angela leaves the Philippines and Vietnam devastated, with 882 deaths and US$315 million in damage. The typhoon was the strongest ever to strike the Philippines in 25 years, with wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h) and gusts of 180 mph (290 km/h).
- November 10
- November 12 – The Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme, a programme to implement the Harare Declaration, is announced by the Commonwealth Heads of Government.
- November 14 – A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
- November 16 – A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić with genocide during the Bosnian War.
- November 21
- November 22
- Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other was Myra Hindley).
- Six-year-old Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse-related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's child welfare system.
- The 7.3 Mw Gulf of Aqaba earthquake shakes the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia region with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing eight and injuring 30, and generating a non-destructive tsunami.
- The first-ever full length computer animated feature film, Toy Story, is released by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.
- November 28
- November 30 – Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary; Operation Desert Storm officially ends.
- December 3 – Strikes paralyze France's public sector.
- December 7 – NASA's Galileo Probe enters Jupiter's atmosphere.
- December 8
- December 14 – The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris.
- December 15
- The European Court of Justice rules that all EU football players have the right to a free transfer among member states at the end of their contracts.
- Because of the "quadruple-witching" option expiration, volume on the New York Stock Exchange hits 638 million shares, the highest single-day volume since October 20, 1987, when the Dow staged a stunning recovery a day after Black Monday.
- December 16 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi scuba divers, under the direction of the United Nations Special Commission, dredge the Tigris near Baghdad. The divers find over 200 prohibited Russian-made missile instruments and components.
- December 20
- American Airlines Flight 965 (Boeing 757) crashes into a mountain near Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia after veering off its course en route to Cali, Colombia. Of the 164 people on board, 4 passengers are the only survivors.
- HM The Queen advises "an early divorce" to Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales. The divorce is finalized on 28 August 1996.
- December 30
- December 31 – The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published.
- January 1 – Sardar Azmoun, Iranian footballer
- January 3
- January 4
- January 9 – Nicola Peltz, American actress
- January 12 – Alessio Romagnoli, Italian footballer
- January 13 – Qaasim Middleton, American actor, singer and musician
- January 17 – Ann Li, Taiwanese-Filipino blogger and television personality
- January 18 – Leonard Fournette, American football player
- January 20
- January 22 – Davis Webb, American football player
- January 24 – Callan McAuliffe, Australian actor
- January 26 – Kyle Chavarria, American actress
- January 30
- January 31 – Nina Sublatti, Georgian singer and model
- March 2 – Mats Møller Dæhli, Norwegian footballer
- March 3 – Maine Mendoza, Filipino actress and comedian
- March 7 – Hailey Clauson, American model
- March 8 – Luca Brecel, Belgian snooker player
- March 9 – Cierra Ramirez, American actress and singer
- March 10 – Zach LaVine, American basketball player
- March 12 – Kanon Fukuda, Japanese pop singer and voice actress
- March 13 – Mikaela Shiffrin, American skier
- March 15 – Jabari Parker, American basketball player
- March 16 – Shy Carlos, Filipino actress
- March 19
- March 21 – Diggy Simmons, American rapper
- August 1 – Derrick Monasterio, Filipino actor, dancer and singer
- August 4
- August 9 – Eli Apple, American football player
- August 10 – Dalvin Cook, American football player
- August 15 – Chief Keef, American rapper
- August 17 – Gracie Gold, American figure skater
- August 20 – Liana Liberato, American actress
- August 22 – Dua Lipa, English singer
- August 23 – Tommy Batchelor, American dancer
- August 26 – Solomon Thomas, American football player
- September 1 – Nathan MacKinnon, Canadian hockey player
- September 3 – Myles Jack, American football player
- September 5
- September 6 – Bertrand Traoré, Burkinabé footballer
- September 8
- September 12 – Ryan Potter, American actor
- September 13 – Robbie Kay, British actor
- September 14 – Deshaun Watson, American football player
- September 16 – Aaron Gordon, American basketball player
- September 17 – Patrick Mahomes II, American football player
- September 20
- September 22 – Juliette Goglia, American actress
- September 23 – Eli Dershwitz, American fencer
- December 4 – Dina Asher-Smith, British sprinter
- December 5 – Anthony Martial, French footballer
- December 6 – Joy Gruttmann, German singer
- December 7 – Santi Mina, Spanish footballer
- December 8 – Jordon Ibe, English footballer
- December 9 – McKayla Maroney, American gymnast
- December 14 – Yulia Belokobylskaya, Russian gymnast
- December 15 – Yoshihide Kiryū, Japanese sprinter
- December 19
- December 20 – Feliks Zemdegs, Australian Rubik's Cube speedsolver
- December 26
- December 29
- December 31 – Gabby Douglas, American gymnast
- January 1
- January 2
- January 4 – Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
- January 6 – Joe Slovo, ANC activist and South African minister of housing. (b. 1926)
- January 7
- January 9
- January 11 – Onat Kutlar, Turkish writer and poet (b. 1936)
- January 15 – Frederick J. Schlink, American activist (b. 1891)
- January 18
- January 20 – Mehdi Bazargan, 46th Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1907)
- January 22
- January 24 – David Cole, American record producer and songwriter (b. 1962)
- January 26 – Geoffrey Parsons, Australian pianist (b. 1929)
- January 29 – Song Sung-il, South Korean wrestler (b. 1969)
- January 30 – Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, author, and television presenter (b. 1925)
- January 31 – George Abbott, American writer, director, and producer (b. 1887)
- March 1 – Vladislav Listyev, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
- March 2 – Sasha Krasny, Russian poet and songwriter (b. 1882)
- March 3 – Howard W. Hunter, American Mormon leader (b. 1907)
- March 5 – Vivian Stanshall, English comedian, writer, artist, broadcaster, and musician (b. 1943)
- March 7 – Georges J. F. Köhler, German biologist (b. 1946)
- March 8 – Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
- March 9 – Edward Bernays, Austrian-born American propagandist (b. 1891)
- March 11
- March 12 – Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
- March 13
- March 14 – William Alfred Fowler, American physicist (b. 1911)
- March 16 – Albert Hackett, American dramatist and screenwriter (b. 1900)
- March 17
- March 18 – Robin Jacques, English illustrator (b. 1920)
- March 19
- March 20
- March 21 – Connie Kreski, American model (b. 1946)
- March 22 – Peter Woods, British journalist, reporter and newsreader (b. 1930)
- March 23 – Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
- March 26 – Eazy-E, American rapper and record producer (b. 1963)
- March 27 – Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman (b. 1948)
- March 28
- March 29
- March 31 – Selena, Mexican-born American singer (b. 1971)
- May 1 – Antonio Salemme, Italian-born American artist (b. 1895)
- May 2
- May 5
- May 6 – Noel Brotherston, Irish footballer (b. 1956)
- May 8 – Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
- May 9 – Marguerite Jones, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
- May 12
- May 14 – Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist (b. 1916)
- May 15
- May 18
- May 21 – Les Aspin, U.S. House of Representatives (b. 1938)
- May 24
- May 25 – Jack Allen, English actor (b. 1907)
- May 26 – Friz Freleng, American animator (b. 1906)
- May 27 – Severn Darden, American actor (b. 1929)
- May 28 – Irfan Ljubijankić, Bosnian diplomat (b. 1952)
- May 29 – Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (b. 1897)
- May 30 – Ted Drake, English footballer (b. 1912)
- July 1 – Wolfman Jack, American disc jockey (b. 1938)
- July 2
- July 3 – Pancho Gonzales, American tennis champion (b. 1928)
- July 4
- July 5 – Takeo Fukuda, Japanese politician, 46th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1905)
- July 16
- July 17
- July 18
- July 19 – Tomas Mendez, Mexican composer (b. 1921)
- July 20 – Genevieve Tobin, American actress (b. 1899)
- July 22 – Otakar Borůvka, Czech mathematician (b. 1899)
- July 24
- July 25 – Charlie Rich, American singer (b. 1932)
- July 26 – Doris Akers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1923)
- July 27
- July 29 – Philippe De Lacy, American actor (b. 1917)
- August 1 – Esther Muir, American actress (b. 1903)
- August 3
- August 4 – J. Howard Marshall, American billionaire (b. 1905)
- August 7 – Brigid Brophy, English author (b. 1929)
- August 9 – Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
- August 11
- August 12 – Felipe Tromp, 1st Governor of Aruba (b. 1917)
- August 13 – Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (b. 1931)
- August 15 – John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
- August 17 – Howard Koch, American screenwriter (b. 1901)
- August 19 – Pierre Schaeffer, French composer (b. 1910)
- August 21 – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist (b. 1910)
- August 22 – Johnny Carey, Irish football player and manager (b. 1919)
- August 24
- August 25 – Cesare Gianturco, American physician (b. 1905)
- August 29
- August 30
- September 4 – William Kunstler, American radical lawyer and civil rights activist (b. 1919)
- September 5 – Benyamin Sueb, Indonesian actor, comedian and singer (b. 1939)
- September 7 – Russell Johnson, American cartoonist (b. 1893)
- September 12
- September 15
- September 17 – Grady Sutton, American actor (b. 1906)
- September 19 – Orville Redenbacher, American entrepreneur and businessman (b. 1907)
- September 20 – Eileen Chang, Chinese writer (b. 1920)
- September 22 – John Whitney, American animator, composer, and pioneer in computer animation (b. 1917)
- September 25
- September 29
- November 1 – W. E. D. Ross, Canadian writer (b. 1912)
- November 4
- November 6 – Aneta Corsaut, American actress (b. 1933)
- November 7 – Ann Dunham, American anthropologist (b. 1942)
- November 12 – Robert Stephens, English actor (b. 1931)
- November 13 – Ralph Blane, American composer (b. 1914)
- November 20 – Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (b. 1967)
- November 21
- November 23 – Louis Malle, French film director (b. 1932)
- November 24 – Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (b. 1909)
- November 26 – Wim Thoelke, German TV entertainer (b. 1927)
- November 30 – Stretch, American rapper and record producer (b. 1968)
- December 2
- December 3 – Jimmy Jewel, English actor (b. 1909)
- December 7 – Kathleen Harrison, British actress (b. 1892)
- December 9 – Vivian Blaine, American actress (b. 1921)
- December 10 – Darren Robinson, American rapper and actor (b. 1967)
- December 11 – Abolhassan Sadighi, Iranian sculptors and painters (b. 1894)
- December 16 – Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1907)
- December 18 – Konrad Zuse, German engineer (b. 1910)
- December 20 – Madge Sinclair, Jamaican-American actress (b. 1938)
- December 22
- December 23 – Patric Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)
- December 25
- December 28 – Virginius Dabney, American teacher, writer, journalist and editor (b. 1901)
- December 30
- December 31 – Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer, pianist, and conductor (b. 1899)