Jan 18, 1996 - On Friends, Ross' ex-wife and her girlfriend get married.
Jan 20, 1996 - Rudy Galindo becomes the first openly gay winner of the U.S. Men's Figure Skating Championship.
March 8, 1996 - The movie The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, opens and becomes a big hit. It's also the only movie in which Gene Hackman appears in drag.
March 9, 1996 - Jonathan Schmitz, a recent guest on The Jenny Jones Show, murders another male guest from the show who had revealed he had a crush on Schmitz.
May 20, 1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Colorado's referendum that prohibited LGBT residents from attempting to overturn anti-gay leglislation.
Aug 4, 1996 - Amsterdam holds its first Gay Pride Parade.
Sept 17, 1996 - The ABC sitcom Spin City debuts and features the first openly gay character played by a person of color as actor Michael Boatman portrays Carter Heyward, the mayor's minority affairs liaison.
Sept 21, 1996 - President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law.
Oct 14, 1996 - Madonna gives birth to her first child, Lourdes Ciccone Leon. The father, Carlos Leon, a personal trainer, is eight years younger than Madonna.
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