What Happened on January 17, 1990

Historical Events

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

5th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King; and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

  • MLB pitcher Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oakland A's contract

Famous Divorces

Jimmy Johnson

NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), dies at 90
  • Charles Hernu, French politician (Minister of Defense, 1981-85; Mayor of Villeurbanne, 1977-90), and environmental antagonist, dies at 66
  • Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, dies at 77

About January 17, 1990

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 8 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton
  • UK #1 Song: Hangin' Tough - New Kids On The Block