1996 in science
Astronomy and space exploration
- January 30 - Comet Hyakutake was discovered.
- February 17 - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft launched. The spacecraft landed on the asteroid 433 Eros in 2001.
- May 20 - First naked eye observation of Comet Hale-Bopp.
- November 7 - NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.
- The second 9.8 m reflecting telescope opens at Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
- July 5 - Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.
- August 6 - NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
- February 10 - Deep Blue defeats chess grand-master Garry Kasparov for the first time.
- Lov Grover, at Bell Labs, published the quantum database search algorithm.
- IRCNet is founded.
- May 23 - Swede Göran Kropp reaches Mount Everest summit alone without oxygen after having bicycled there from Sweden.
- January 7 - A large blizzard hits the Eastern United States, killing more than 100.
- May 13 - Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kills 600.
- July 18 - 21 - Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River in Quebec, in one of Canada's most costly natural disasters.
- Zenith introduces the first HDTV-compatible front projection TV in the United States. Broadcasters, TV & PC manufacturers set industry standards for digital HDTV.
- APS film format is introduced.
- Successful demonstration of magnetic refrigeration.
- Nobel Prize
- Turing Award for Computing: Amir Pnueli
- Wollaston Medal for Geology: Nicholas John Shackleton
- March 26 - David Packard, engineer
- December 20 - Carl Sagan, astronomer
- Thomas Kuhn, philosopher of science
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