On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1992

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 21st Fiesta Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #10 Tennessee, 42-17
  • 58th Orange Bowl: #1 Miami (FL) beats #11 Nebraska, 22-0
  • 58th Sugar Bowl: #18 Notre Dame beats #3 Florida, 39-28
  • 78th Rose Bowl: #2 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 34-14
  • Bush is 1st US President to address Australian Parliament
  • Curacao becomes 1st in Dutch Antilles to have compulsory education
  • Europe breaks down trade barriers
  • International Space Year begins
  • NYC transit fare increases from $1.15 to $1.25
  • The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jack Wilshere, English footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Called Abma [Hetter Gerrit Abma], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 74
  • Constantin Poustochkine, jazz critic, dies
  • Corky Geil, dancer, dies in Long Beach CA at 64
  • Ginette Leclerc, actress (Baker's Wife), dies at 79

Person of interestGrace Hopper

Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, dies at 85

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • Mike Frankovich, US producer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies