On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1996

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 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
  • The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.

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? 25 years, 2 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn