Since it was an election year, contenders from the GOP were off and running in the Iowa Caucus with Bob Dole the odds on front runner for the Republican nod. The Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal was getting underway and Anti-Abortion activists were bolstered by the new Congress and the endless pursuit in overturning Roe V. Wade was starting up again with both sides as heated up as ever. Jack Kevorkian was back on trial. The IRA took credit for a bomb set off in London, killing two people and AT&T and MCI were teaming up to share phone lines, now that the new Telecommunications Bill allowed more competition in the marketplace.
Here is the news of January 12, 1996 as reported on NPR's Morning Edition.