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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