On This Day

What Happened in January 1993

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 12 member European Economic Community set up vast free trade zone
  • Jan 1 Blockbuster Bowl 3: Stanford beats Penn State, 24-3
  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements are banned in NYC's MTA
  • Jan 1 Czechoslovakia separates into Czech Republic (Bohemia) & Slovakia
  • Jan 1 79th Rose Bowl: #7 Michigan beats #9 Washington, 38-31
  • Jan 1 59th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Miami, 34-13
  • Jan 1 22nd Fiesta Bowl: #6 Syracuse beats #10 Colorado, 26-22
  • Jan 1 59th Orange Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #11 Nebraska, 27-14
  • Jan 1 "Farewell My Concubine" directed by Chen Kaige from novel by Lilian Lee starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li premieres in Hong Kong (Cannes Palme d'Or 1993)
  • Jan 2 "Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 55 performances
  • Jan 2 Opposing factions in the Bosnian conflict hold meetings with the aim of ending the nine month conflict
  • Jan 3 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 452 performances
  • Jan 3 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Jan 3 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances
  • Jan 3 Musical "Secret Garden" closes at St James Theater NYC after 706 performances
  • Jan 3 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin NYC after 10 performances
  • Jan 3 Michael Milkin, the "junk bond king", is released from jail after 22 months
  • Jan 3 "The Comeback", QB Frank Reich leads Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history

Treaty of Interest

Jan 3 In Moscow, the Start II arms reduction treaty is signed by George H. W. Bush (USA) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia)

  • Jan 4 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)

Sports History

Jan 5 Brian Lara scores his maiden Test century with 277 for the West Indies v Australia in drawn 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • Jan 5 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident

Hall of Fame

Jan 5 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

  • Jan 5 Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil
  • Jan 5 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (first legal hanging in America since 1965)
  • Jan 6 Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
  • Jan 6 Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a
  • Jan 6 55 Kashmiri civilians are killed in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Border Security Force units
  • Jan 7 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President
  • Jan 7 Bosnian War: Bosnian Army launches a surprise attack on Kravica, a village in Srebrenica

Sports History

Jan 8 Michael Jordan's game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

Music History

Jan 8 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

Film & TV History

Jan 8 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman

  • Jan 8 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Michael Stich beats Emilio Sánchez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's first title

Film & TV History

Jan 8 Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" debuts at the Toronto Film Fetsival - will become lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million

  • Jan 9 Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100m free style (53.33)
  • Jan 10 "My Favorite Year" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 37 performances
  • Jan 10 "Sea Gull" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 10 Maiden flight of Ultrair (Houston to LA)
  • Jan 11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)

Historic Event

Jan 11 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics

  • Jan 11 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history

Sports History

Jan 12 NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

  • Jan 13 STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • Jan 13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq

Music History

Jan 14 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson,

NBA Record

Jan 14 Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle SuperSonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks

  • Jan 15 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, killing 2 people
  • Jan 15 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • Jan 15 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
  • Jan 16 25th NAACP Image Awards: "Boyz n the Hood" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Jan 17 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming
  • Jan 17 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins, 29-10
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 30-20

Historic Event

Jan 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states of the USA for 1st time

  • Jan 18 West Indies beat Australia 2-0 win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 19 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
  • Jan 19 Oakland As unveil new elephant logo
  • Jan 19 Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
  • Jan 19 STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
  • Jan 20 Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Bill Clinton (D) inaugurated as 42nd US President

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Maya Angelou is 1st African American and woman to recite a poem at inauguration of a US President - "On the Pulse of Morning" for Bill Clinton

  • Jan 21 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
  • Jan 22 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77

Sports History

Jan 23 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack

  • Jan 23 Indian Airlines B737 crashes at Aurangabad, killing 61

Historic Event

Jan 23 NY Newsday reports Oregan Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women

Sports History

Jan 23 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan

  • Jan 24 14th annual star-athon $24,000,000
  • Jan 24 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed
  • Jan 24 Soyuz TM-16 launches
  • Jan 24 US men's Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • Jan 24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • Jan 25 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
  • Jan 25 Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years
  • Jan 25 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
  • Jan 26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • Jan 26 Everton scores a 3-1 away win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in London; lowest ever attendance at an EPL fixture, 3,039
  • Jan 27 DC-3 crashes in Kinshasa, killing 12
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Vinod Kambli, prolific Indian batsman

Historic Event

Jan 29 US postal service issues a stamp commemorating chemist Percy Lavon Julian

  • Jan 30 100,000 Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

  • Jan 31 "St Joan" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17; MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jim Courier retains title; repeats previous year's win over Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

  • Jan 31 9th Sundance Film Festival: "Ruby in Paradise" and "Public Access" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Sifan Hassan, Oromo-Dutch athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m/10,000m 2020; World C'ship gold 1500, 10,000m 2019), born in Adama, Ethiopia
  • Jan 2 Bryson Tiller, American singer and rapper ("Don't"; "Exchange"; "Wild Thoughts"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jan 8 Klara Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • Jan 11 Flora Cross, French-American actress, born in Paris, France

Zayn Malik

Jan 12 Zayn Malik, British pop singer (One Direction, 2010-15 - "Story Of My Life"; solo -"Pillowtalk"), born in Bradford, England

  • Jan 18 Morgan York, American actress, born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 19 Jack Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy & grandson of John F. Kennedy, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21 Sei Young Kim, South Korean golfer (PGA Women's C'ship 2020; LPGA 72-hole scoring record 257), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 22 Netta Barzilai, Israeli singer (Eurovision song contest winner 2018), born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • Jan 24 Ashley Jade Stern, daughter of radio personality Howard Stern, born in Long Island, New York

Cameron Bright

Jan 26 Cameron Bright, Canadian actor (The Twilight Saga: X-Men), born in Victoria, British Columbia

  • Jan 29 Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portuguese tennis player, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 29 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu [Kiriko Takemura], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings

Kim Alexis

Jan 2 Supermodel Kim Alexis (32) weds ice hockey player Ron Duguay (35)

  • Jan 12 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 June Clayworth, American actress (Bodyguard, Criminal Court), dies of lymphoma at 87
  • Jan 1 Phyllis Hill, American stage and film dancer and actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1 "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, dies at 93
  • Jan 3 Johnny Most, American sports announcer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies
  • Jan 4 Joe Keenan, actor (Conviction of Kitty Dodd), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jan 4 Charles Bridgford, Australian politician
  • Jan 5 George L George, Russian/American journalist/director/producer, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
  • Jan 5 Jennifer Raine Bissell, British actress (Thriller, Rush: Inspired by Battlefield) dies from a heart ailment 60
  • Jan 5 Juan Benet Goitia, Spanish writer (Herrumbrosas Lanzas), dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Klaas Wiersma, Dutch sec of Justice (VVD), dies
  • Jan 5 Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Nyamuisi Muvingi, Zaire minister of Culture, murdered
  • Jan 5 Ronnie Welsh, actor (Patterns), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • Jan 5 Westley A Dodd, US murderer, 1st hanging in US since 1965
  • Jan 5 Anthony Wakefield Cox, English architect, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Elisabeth, arch duch of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein, dies at 70
  • Jan 6 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 6 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), dies of AIDS at 54
  • Jan 7 Richard Branda, American actor (You Are There, Two-Minute Warning), dies of colon cancer at 57
  • Jan 7 Robert Cowan, Scottish CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises), dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • Jan 8 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • Jan 8 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), dies at 63
  • Jan 9 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • Jan 9 Felix Grucci, fireworks expert, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Jan 9 Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Diana Adams, ballerina, dies
  • Jan 10 Noorjahan Begum, "adulterous" wife in Bangladesh, stoned to death
  • Jan 11 Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
  • Jan 12 Carles Mira, Spanish director (Que Nos Quiten Lo Bailao), dies at 45
  • Jan 13 Rene Pleven, Prime Minister of France (1950-51, 51-52), dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 14 Elisabeth Antoinette de Vreugd, chambermaid for Dutch Queen, dies at 98
  • Jan 14 Manfred Lachs, Polish lawyer (Intl Court of Justice), dies
  • Jan 15 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • Jan 15 Huub Jacobse [Hendrik Hubert Jacobse], Dutch politician (VVD), dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Ken Cory, American actor (The Candidate; Without A Trace), dies of AIDS at 51
  • Jan 15 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist ("Three Coins in a Fountain"; "High Hopes"; "Call Me Irresponsible"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jan 16 Florence Desmond [Dawson], actress (Sally in Our Alley), dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Glenn Corbett, American actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), dies at 63
  • Jan 16 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • Jan 16 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (b. 1960)
  • Jan 16 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • Jan 17 Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Barbara Buczek, Polish pianist, composer (Anekumena – Concerto for 89 Instruments; Two Impressions), and teacher, dies at 53
  • Jan 18 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Mia Meijer, Dutch playwright and director (Machine Child), dies
  • Jan 18 Mike Templeton, American, 2nd person to receive a heart pump, dies at 34
  • Jan 18 Eleanor Hibbert, British author (b. 1906)
  • Jan 19 Chris Street, basketball player, dies at 20
  • Jan 19 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72
  • Jan 19 Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50
  • Jan 19 William LeMassena, American stage and screen actor (All That Jazz; As The World Turns, 1985-92), dies of lung cancer at 76

Audrey Hepburn

Jan 20 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday; Breakfast at Tiffany's; My Fair Lady), dies of colon cancer at 63

  • Jan 20 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), dies at 80
  • Jan 20 Mercer McCleod, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 86
  • Jan 21 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), dies at 89
  • Jan 21 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Alexander Bodon, Hungarian-Dutch architect (RAI, Dollywood), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Kobo Abe, Japanese writer (Wife in the Sand), dies at 68
  • Jan 22 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author, dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57
  • Jan 23 Thomas A. Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief's War), dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies at 50
  • Jan 25 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Axel Von Dem Bussche, German aristocrat, dies
  • Jan 26 Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (large iron sculptures), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), dies at 70

André the Giant

Jan 27 André the Giant, French pro wrestler (WWF World Heavyweight C'ship 1988; WWF World Tag Team C'ship [with Haku] 1989), dies of congestive heart failure at 49

  • Jan 28 Aben Kandel, screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96
  • Jan 28 John Steadman, American actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of a lung ailment at 83
  • Jan 29 Hank Werba [Herman Werblowski], American journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88