On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1996

Historical Events

Sports History

Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

  • Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes

Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue

  • The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.

Famous Birthdays

  • Klaus Mäkelä, Finnish cellist and conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 2020-present; Orchestre de Paris, 2021-present), born in Helsinki, Finland

Famous Deaths

  • Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • Giles Playfair, English writer, dies at 85
  • John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
1996 Highlights

About January 17, 1996

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

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