Everything that follows is older than Hit Girl: A brief look back at 1996

In 1996,

The murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman inspired the creation of the AMBER Alert system;

Yasser Arafat was re-elected as president of the Palestinian Authority;

Hilary Clinton testified before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater scandal;

Copernicium was first created;

Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov;

Alanis Morisette won Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill, becoming the youngest person to win the award;

Major League Soccer began its inaugural season;

Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1995;

The Unabomber was arrested;

In Romer v. Evans, the US Supreme Court ruled a Colorado law denying special protection to homosexuals was unconstitutional;

Seven monks from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine were kidnapped during the Algerian Civil War and executed;

Benjamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister of Israel for the first time;

The Nintendo 64 was released in Japan and the United States;

Journalist Veronica Guerin was murdered;

Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born;

The Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta;

Eric Rudolph bombed Centennial Olympic Park;

The Ramones played their last show;

Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole to win a second term as US President;

Prince Charles and Diana divorced;

The Big 12 Conference began its inaugural season;

Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina;

The last Magdalene asylum closed;

The Taliban captured Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan;

The Fox News Channel debuted;

Mother Theresa became an honorary US Citizen;

The Sands Hotel and Hacienda in Las Vegas were demolished;

Kofi Annan was elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations (his term would start January 1);

JonBenet Ramsey was murdered;

Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff died in a plane crash attempting to become the youngest person to fly across the United States;

Sophie Turner, Abigail Breslin, Tom Holland, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Jena Irene, Liam James, and Dylan Minnette were born;

While Francois Mitterand, Barbara Jordan, A.G. Gaston, Jonathan Larson, Joseph Brodsky, Jerry Siegel, Gene Kelly, Audrey Meadows, Martin Balsam, McLean Stevenson, Pat Brown, Audrey Munson, Haing Ngor, Minnie Pearl, George Burns, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Edmund Muskie, David Packard, Greer Garson, Christopher Robin Milne, Erma Bombeck, Saul Bass, P.L. Travers, Jon Pertwee, Lash LaRue, Timothy Leary, Ray Combs, Jo Van Fleet, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Allen, Margaux Hemingway, Herb Edelman, Claudette Colbert, Bill Monroe, Juanita Wright, Tupac Shakur, Spiro Agnew, Paul Erdös, Rene Lacoste, Morey Amsterdam, Alger Hiss, Tiny Tim, Pete Rozelle, Howard Rollins, Carl Sagan, Lew Ayres, and Jack Nance died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1996:

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A look back at 3172, Year of Our Lady of Discord*

*3172 in the Discordian calendar was 2006 in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2006,

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state of an African nation;

NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft;

The Winter Olympics were held in Turin, Italy;

Twitter launched;

The Human Genome Project published the last chromosome sequence;

Montenegro became an independent nation;

Paul McCartney, who wrote “When I’m Sixty-Four” when was sixteen years old, turned sixty-four;

Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet;

Ban Ki-moon was elected as the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations;

The United States population passed 300 million people;

No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock was sold for $140 million, becoming the most expensive painting at the time;

Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death and executed;

Al Jazeera launched an English language version of its news channel;

Monday Night Football moved to ESPN after 35 season on ABC;

Big Love, The New Adventures of Old ChristineHannah MontanaMickey Mouse ClubhouseThe HillsCelebrity DeathmatchPsychRachel RayHeroesUgly BettyDexterFriday Night Lights, and 30 Rock debuted on American television;

Malcolm in the MiddleThe West WingThat 70s ShowWill & Grace, Charmed, and Alias aired their final episodes;

While Lou Rawls, Shelley Winters, Wilson Pickett, Chris Penn, Coretta Scott King, Betty Friedan, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Kirby Puckett, Maureen Stapleton, Buck Owens, Caspar Weinberger, Stanislaw Lem, Earl Woods, Floyd Patterson, Lloyd Bentsen, Billy Preston, Aaron Spelling, Kenneth Lay, Syd Barrett, Red Buttons, Mickey Spillane, Jack Warden, Mike Douglas, Steve Irwin, Byron Nelson, Jane Wyatt, Red Auerbach, William Styron, Adrienne Shelly, Jack Palance, Milton Friedman, Bo Schembechler, Robert Altman, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Augusto Pinochet, Peter Boyle, Joseph Barbera, James Brown, and Gerald Ford died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 2006:

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