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News events of 1996

April 1996

4-1-96 -- Dayton celebrated its bicentennial.

In Cincinnati the Reds' Opening Day was called off in the first inning when veteran umpire John McSherry collapsed and died of a heart attack.

4-3-96 -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown died in a plane crash in Croatia, where he was on a trade mission.

Federal agents arrested John Kaczynski, believed to be the Unabomber.

4-8-96 -- Dayton Schools Superintendent James Williams say he will pursue a lawsuit against the state to get funding for his proposed reorganization plan.
4-15-96 -- DDN announces redesign
4-16-96 -- 2nd & Main Ltd, the local consortium which owns the former Lazarus building, announced it has hired Kajima International to study a plan to tear down the old building and erect a major office, hotel, retail center.
4-19-96 -- At least 75 Lebanese refugees were killed by Israeli missiles that struck a U.N. refugee camp.
4-22-96 -- Erma Bombeck died at 69 of complications following her kidney transplant.
4-24-96 -- Two homeless men died in a fire in a vacant downtown building, at 401 S. Ludlow, the site of the former "Bottom's Up" bar.
4-28-96 -- A gunman in Australia shot and killed 34 people in a rampage at a tourist area on the island of Tasmania. The man was later identified as Martin Bryant.

May 1996

5-2-96 -- After 29 years on the air, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue taped his last show. Donahue got his start in Dayton in 1967.
5-3-96 -- AK Steel Corp agreed to pay $1.9 million in fines and improve its safety programs in order to end a major OSHA probe, which was launched as a result of a string of accidents at the Middletown steel plant.
5-6-96 -- Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott again stirred controversy by remarking in an ESPN interview that Adolph Hitler "was good at the beginning; but he just went too far." The comment would eventually bring about Schott's second suspension from baseball.
5-7-96 -- The search for a new Dayton city manager came down to one remaining candidate after William P. Buchanan withdrew his name.
5-9-96 -- Dayton City Commissioners announce that Valerie Lemmie will be the new city commissioner.

The trial of Dayton teacher Loretta Cephus ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked. Cephus was accused of kicking a Sinclair College security guard as she was being arrested at a 2-27-96 voters forum.

5-10-96-- Fourteen US Marines were killed in a training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina when two helicopters collided.
5-11-96 -- A ValuJet DC-9 airliner crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all aboard.
5-17-96 -- Scott Brayton, the driver who was scheduled to start in the pole position at the Indianapolis 500, was killed in a crash during a practice run.
5-23-96 -Two Dayton police officers were attacked by a gunman in front of Third District police headquarters. Officer Jason Grossnickle was killed and another police officer, Robert Cleaver, was wounded. The assailant, Maurice Fareed, was shot and killed by other police officers on the scene.
5-24-96 -- Officials from the city of Dayton and Elder-Beerman agreed to a plan for the city to buy the downtown Elder-Beerman department store.
5-26-96 -- Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500 race, driving a car owned by Dayton native Ron Hemelgarn.
5-29-96 -- Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud in the Whitewater case. Former Clinton parner James McDougal and his wife were also found guilty.
5-30-96 -- In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu won an upset victory over Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

June 1996

6-2-96 -- Richard Nelloms, older brother of local track star Chris Nelloms, was killed in an auto accident.
6-2-96 -- Hamilton native Ray Combs, who had been a television game show host, was found dead a California mental ward. He reportedly hanged himself with a bedsheet.
6-5-96 -- Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott appeared before Major League Baseball's executive council, which was considering disciplinary action against her for recent insensitive remarks.
6-11-96 -- Six-year-old Dayton resident Monique Mooty died after battling leukemia for more than two years.
6-12-96 -- Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott agreed to give up daily control of the team through 1998. Schott was under fire for a series of insensitive remarks, including the claim that Adolph Hitler was "good in the beginning."
6-13-96 -- After an 81-day standoff, the remaining 16 "Freemen" of Montana surrender to federal authorities.
6-14-96 -- The FBI reports that the Clinton Administration improperly received FBI background files on hundreds of people.
6-17-96 -- Fifteen-year-old Dayton resident Derrick Tyson was shot to death outside his home.
6-18-96 -- In Navistar announces it will cut 3,000 jobs from its Springfield operations by 1999.
6-20-96 -- A 15-year-old Kettering boy collapsed and died while warming up for soccer practice.
6-21-96 -- The National Folk Festival opened in Downtown Dayton.
6-25-96 -- A terrorist truck bomb exploded near U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Americans.
6-26-96 -- Wright State basketball player Vitaly Potapenko was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 12th round of the NBA draft.

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