Historical Events in January 1997

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

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Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
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
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • Jan 12 17th United Negro College Fund raises
  • 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
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
  • Jan 15 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK
  • 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.
  • Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon
  • 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
Alanis Morissette
  • Jan 30 Minuteman III launches