What Happened on January 1, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.

Famous Deaths

  • Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Joan Rice, English actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), dies at 66
  • John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52