What Happened in January 1997

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20
  • Jan 3 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
  • Jan 3 Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick v England at Harare
  • Jan 3 Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series v England 3-0
  • Jan 3 The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $US27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys
  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 7 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich

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Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 9 After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
  • Jan 10 "Rehersal" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 10 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
  • Jan 10 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • Jan 10 Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits
  • Jan 10 Italy's new 1,000 lire coin shows divided Germany on map

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Jan 10 Right-winger Arnoldo Aleman sworn in as president of Nicaragua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman

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Jan 11 Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 11 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actress Sandra Bullock
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • Jan 12 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
  • Jan 12 HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Jan 12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
  • Jan 12 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space

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Jan 12 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers 30-13
  • Jan 13 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru

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Jan 15 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Jan 15 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

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Jan 15 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jan 16 Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
  • Jan 17 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
  • Jan 18 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • Jan 18 In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • Jan 18 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win

  • Jan 19 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural

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Jan 19 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Jan 20 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
  • Jan 20 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • Jan 20 Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
  • Jan 20 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 21 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • Jan 22 Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 26 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 85th Men's Australian Open: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (6-2, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jan 26 85th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jan 26 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Jan 30 Minuteman III launches

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 9 Lauryn McClain, American actress and singer
  • Jan 13 Connor McDavid, Canadian ice hockey centre and 1st in the 2015 NFL draft (Edmonton Oilers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Jan 26 Pasaye, Palatine Ill, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 4 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jan 4 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 27 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 Joan Rice, English actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • Jan 1 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 2 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • Jan 6 Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
  • Jan 6 Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  • Jan 7 Desmond Flower, publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 7 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • Jan 8 Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • Jan 8 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • Jan 9 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • Jan 9 Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 10 Elspeth Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • Jan 10 George Young, footballer, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier, dies
  • Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
  • Jan 11 Duncan Wood, television director/producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Sheldon Leonard, producer/director (Dick Van Dyke), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher, dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • Jan 12 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • Jan 13 William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 King Hu, film director, dies at 64
  • Jan 14 Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 16 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Andrea Fisher, American artist, dies at 41
  • Jan 17 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • Jan 17 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18 Myfanwy Piper, librettist, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • Jan 19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 19 James Dickey, american poet and novelist, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Jan 20 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • Jan 20 Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • Jan 21 Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22 Mollie Panter-Downes, writer, dies at 90
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Jan 23 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • Jan 23 Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • Jan 24 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • Jan 25 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • Jan 26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Jan 27 Cecil Lewis, airman/writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27 Matthew Coady, journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • Jan 28 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • Jan 28 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • Jan 29 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • Jan 29 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Jan 31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)