The ink and bytes started to spill June 3 and 4, 1996 -- Neil Finn was dissolving Crowded House. I think you can still dredge up the Tongue In The Mail announcement from the list archive. And remnants of the original html still exist on etext as well. Quite a testament in an age of disposable bandwidth.
Thankfully the cardboard tombstone that was the June press performances for Recurring Dream would give way to the more majestic sendoff of Farewell To The World.
So where were you when you heard?