1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter GF), the 1996th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 996th year of the 2nd millennium, the 96th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1990s decade.
- Alan "Dutch" Schaefer and his newly-formed mercenary company encounter a Yautja in the Congo. They eliminate the Predator but Dutch's men are killed in the process.
- Dutch recounts the Congo incident in an audio log.
Real World Events
- NECA is founded.
- Issue #1 of the comic series Tarzan versus Predator: At the Earth's Core is released.
- Actor Meshach Peters is born.
- Actor Percy Edwards passes away.
- Issue #1 of the comic series Predator: Dark River is released.
- Issue #1 of A Decade of Dark Horse, containing the short story Predator: 1718, is released.
- The Alien War attraction is closed due to flooding.
- The Aliens Library Editions series is launched with Aliens, Vol. 1: Outbreak.
- Actor Liam James is born.
- Issue #3 of A Decade of Dark Horse, containing the short story Aliens: Lucky, is released.
- The comic Predator: Strange Roux is released.
- The book H. R. Giger's Film Design is released.