What Happened on January 1, 1997

Historical Events

  • 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
1997 History

Famous Deaths

  • Hagood Hardy, American-Canadian jazz and easy listening pianist, vibraphonist and film score composer ("The Homecoming"), dies from lymphoma at 59
  • James B. Pritchard, American theologist & archaeologist, dies at 87
  • Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), dies at 66
  • John Burgess, English rugby coach & administrator (England coach 1971-75; RFU President 1987-88), dies at 71
  • Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter ("Pancho and Lefty"), dies of a heart attack at 52

About January 1, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 4 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • UK #1 Song: 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls