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News Events of 1996
- October to December

October 1996

10-1-96 -- President Clinton met with PLO leader Yassir Arafat, Jordan's King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in a hastily-arranged summit aimed at rescuing the peace process.
10-2-96 -- Greene County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Rose sentenced Micah "Manny the Hippie" Papp to more than a year in jail for violating his earlier probation on drug charges. The former Beavercreek resident had been a recurring character on the David Letterman show when he was spotted and recognized by local probation officers.
10-3-96 -- A 14-year-old Fairborn student was expelled for giving Midol to a classmate. The school system came under national ridicule for its "zero tolerance" drug policy which did not distinguish between legal and illegal drugs.

Major League umpires threatened to strike over the Roberto Alomar spitting incident. Alomar, of the Baltimore Orioles, spit in the face of an umpire on 9-27 and was suspended for the first five games of next year's season, but permitted to continue playing in the American League Championship Series against Cleveland.

10-6-96 -- President Clinton and former Sen. Bob Dole meet in Hartford, Conn. for the first presidential debate.
10-7-96 -- The Fairborn Board of Education voted to overrule its superintendent and reinstate student Kimberly Smart, who was expelled for giving Midol to a classmate.

On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 6,000 for the first time. The record came less than a year after the Dow topped the 5,000 mark for the first time.

10-8-96 -- Dayton police officer Robert Cleaver was back on the beat for the first time since he was shot in the face May 23. Cleaver's friend and fellow rookie, Jason Grossnickle, was killed in the same shooting.
10-9-96 -- In the American League Championship Series between New York and Baltimore, a 12-year-old Yankee fan helped his team when he reached over the fence to catch a fly ball which would have bounced off the wall if he hadn't touched it. The play was ruled a home run, though replays showed it should have been ruled fan interferance. The dubious home run tied the game in the 8th and the Yankees eventually won in extra innings.
10-10-96 -- President Clinton visted Dayton for an afternoon rally which drew 20,000 to Courthouse Square. After his speech the president spent nearly 30 minutes shaking hands and then walked across the square to Elder-Beerman's where he bought anniversary gift for his wife.
10-11-96 -- Following close on the heels of his opponent, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole visited the Dayton area for a rally at Kettering's Delco Park.
10-13-96 -- A USAir airliner made an emergency stop at Dayton International Airport after a passenger claimed to have a bomb. The plane was evacuated and no bomb was found. Richard Allan Josephson of Delaware was arrested charged with making a false bomb threat.
10-15-96 -- The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company opened its first season in New York. The modern dance company founded in 1968 by Jeraldyne Blunden will peform nine shows at the Joyce Theater.

High school senior Nicole Hildebrand, 17, was found dead in her West Alexandria home. Her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Sizemore was charged in her murder.

10-17-96 -- In Russia, President Boris Yeltsin fired security chief Alexander Lebed. The charismatic Lebed has been both an ally and a rival of the ailing Yeltsin.
10-18-96 -- Virginia Ritchie, the mother of local labor leader Tom Ritchie, was fatally shot at her home. Police said Mrs. Ritchie's daughter, Margie Ritchie, was handling the gun when it accidentally discharged. Tom Ritchie, who represents local government employees who belong to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is also a cousin of Denton Ritchie, whose 4-year-old daughter, Samantha Ritchie, was beaten to death by her mother in 1995.
10-20-96 -- Elizabeth Dole visited Springfield campaigning for her husband, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole.
10-21-96 -- Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown fired Dave Shula as head coach of the team a day after the Bengals lost their sixth game of the season for a record of 1-6. Shula was replaced by Bruce Coslet, who had been the Bengals' offensive coordinator.
10-25-96 -- Springfield resident Lester Payne shot his wife and two children before committing suicide at the home of his estranged wife. One of the children, 1-year-old Elizabeth, survived but was in critical condition. Relatives and friends said Payne had been abusive and had been drinking heavily the night of the crime.
10-26-96 -- The U.S. Justice Department issued a statement declaring that Richard Jewell was no longer a suspect in the July 27 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. Jewell, a security guard who first discovered the bomb in Atlanta's Centennial Park, was declared a suspect early in the investigation based on "profiling" even though there was no concrete evidence linking him to the crime.

The New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in the sixth game of the series. The Yankees won four games in a row after losing the first two in the series.

10-29-96 -- Thirteen-year-old Travis Focht was sentenced to 18 months for the July 4 firecracker-arson fire which killed three people.
10-30-96 -- Jeffrey Earl Stevens was sentenced to life in prison for the 2-3-96 aggravated murder of Billy Vance.

McAlpin's opened a new department store at the Dayton Mall.

10-31-96 -- Susan M. Daws was acquitted in the 1992 killing of her ex-husband, Dwayne Daws, but was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of his girlfriend, Karen Houseman.

A Brazilian airliner crashed into a Sao Paulo neighborhood, killing all 96 on board and several on the ground. Three Americans were among the dead.

November 1996

11-1-96 -- Following a neighborhood "Taking it to the Streets" peace rally on Otterbein Ave., one of the participants was arrested for jaywalking by Dayton police officer Monica Hunt. The man arrested, Nation of Islam member Bobby Muhammad, was also charged with disorderly conduct for refusing to produce identification. (It was later revealed that a second man, Benjamin Muhammad, was also charged with jaywalking).

Dunbar High School won the City League football title, defeating Meadowdale. It was the 16th year in a row the two schools vied for the title. Dunbar's victory was its eight in the past 11 years.

11-2-96 -- Suspended Dayton police officer Charles F. Childs, who was placed on house arrest 8-30 while awaiting a second criminal trial, cut his electronic monitor and fled. He surrendered the next day, saying he wasn't trying to escape but left his home after an argument with his wife.
11-3-96 -- Cincinnati Bengal lineman Scott Brumfield suffered a spinal cord injury during the Bengals' game with Baltimore. The 26-year-old player was unable to move his legs after the injury and doctors could not say whether he would recover.
11-5-96 -- President Clinton was re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Bob Dole and Reform Party candidate Ross Perot. Clinton won 49.2 percent of the popular vote, compared to 40.8 percent for Dole and 8.5 percent for Perot. In the electoral count Clinton won 31 states with 379 electoral votes, compared to Dole's 19 states and 159 electoral votes. Perot won no states.
  Republicans maintained their majority in both houses of Congress.

11-5-96 -- In Russia, President Boris Yeltsin survived a seven-hour heart-bypass operation. Doctors called the surgery a success and predicted Yeltsin would fully recover to resume his duties.
11-7-96 -- The U.S. Army revealed it had charged an officer and a drill sergeant with raping and harrassing female recruits. The revelation led to similar stories and the Army launched a wide-ranging investigation into sexual harrassment at training camps.

French journalist Pierre Salinger ignited controversy by claiming that TWA Flight 800 was downed by a U.S. Navy missile. Salinger, who served as press secretary to President Kennedy, was speaking to an aviation conference in Cannes. The "friendly fire" theory, which had been circulating on the Internet for weeks, was quickly debunked by U.S. officials.

11-8-96 -- Seven weeks after his appointment, business professor Charles Showell resigned as acting president of Central State University.
11-9-96 -- In boxing Evander Holyfield beat Mike Tyson in a n 11th round TKO. Holyfield, who had been a 25-1 underdog, became heavyweight champion for the third time in his 12-year career.
11-11-96 -- Wright State University basketball coach Ralph Underhill was arrested for shoplifting at a Meijer store.

11-12 -96 -- Rodney Lowe, the 28-year-old son of Dayton Police Chief
Ronald Lowe, was in federal court in Florida after being indicted on narcotics charges.
11-14-96 -- Cardinal Joseph Bernardin died of cancer.

Second and Main Ltd approved a plan to demolish the 1912 Lazarus building and erect a 12-story hotel and performing arts center to be called Second and Main Center.

11-15-96 -- Wright State basketball coach Ralph Underhill was fired, four days after his shoplifting arrest.

District of Columbia schools superintendent Franklin Smith -- who formerly was superintendent of Dayton schools -- lost his job when a congressionally appointed finance control board took over authority of the D.C. school system.

11-16-96 -- Former Journal-Herald editor Glenn Thompson died at 92.
11-22-96 -- O.J. Simpson testified in the wrongful death civil trial against him, denying under oath for the first time that he killed his wife. Simpson did not take the stand in his earlier criminal trial.
11-29-96 -- John C. Salvi III was found dead in his prison cell in Massachusetts. Salvi, who was serving a life sentence for the 12-30-94 murders of two abortion clinic employees, apparently committed suicide.

Valley View High School won the state football championship in Division IV play.

Horace M. "Huffy" Huffman Jr. died at 82. He was the retired chairman of Huffy Corp., and an ardent bicyclist who played a key role in the development of the Dayton River Corridor bike path.

December 1996

12-2-96 -- In Yugoslavia 80,000 demonstrators crowded the streets of Belgrade to protest President Slobodan Milosevic's rufusal to accept the results of the November elections, in which opposition candidates appeared to have won unexpected victories.

A federal judge in California overturned the conviction of Charles Keating Jr. Keating had become a symbol of the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s after risky investments by his Lincoln Savings and Loan cost elderly investors their life savings.

12-3-96 -- Johnny Cochran Jr., the attorney who won acquittal for O.J. Simpson, was in Dayton signing copies of his book "Journey to Justice."

Former Dayton police officer Charles F. Childs was sentenced to 30 months in prison on drug trafficking charges that cost him his job on the department.

12-4-96 -- Pizzeria Uno was awarded a $300,000 ED/GE grant to help finance the develolpment of a restaurant next to the Victoria Theatre.
12-5-96 -- President Clinton announced his new national security team for his second term. The president nominated Madeleine Albright to be secretary of state and Republican Sen. William S. Cohen to be secretary of defense. Clinton also nominated Anthony Lake to become director of the CIA and Sandy Berger to be national security adviser.

Dayton City commissioner Dean Lovelace said he is considering running for mayor in 1997.

12-11-96 -- Kitty and Dan Sachs, the owners of Kitty's say they may relocate their restaurant away from downtown because of the city's approval of public funding for the competing Pizzaria Uno.
12-14-96 -- In New Orleans, a grain freighter lost power while navigating a turn on the Mississippi River and crashed into the Riverwalk shopping mall built on the warf.
12-15-96 -- Cox Ohio Publishing announced plans to build a $90 million printing and distribution plant in Franklin.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that new coach Bruce Coslet had been given a four-year contract. Coslet, who became interim coach after Dave Shula was fired Oct. 21, built a 7-2 record for the rest of the season.

12-17-96 -- In Chechnya, six Red Cross workers were murdered in their beds. It was the worst single attack against the international relief organization in its 133-year history.

In Peru, rebels stormed the home of the Japanese ambassador during a formal party and seized hundreds of hostages.

12-18-96 -- Setting off a storm of controversy, the school board in Okland, California voted to recognize "Ebonics" as the language of origin of many black schoolchildren.
12-20-96 -- Miami Valley Hospital announced plans for a $69 million expansion, which will require re-routing Wyoming St.

Pop-astronomer Carl Sagan died at 62.

12-26-96 -- Inventory and equipment was reposessed at Schear's grocery stores, including the one in Downtown Dayton, because of debts owed by top executive Lee Schear.

In Colorado, the body of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her home.

12-31-96 -- The city of Kettering officially takes over the site of Gentile Air Force Station.

Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams were accused of assaulting a woman. However, the allegations was later shown to be false.

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