On This Day

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.

Famous Deaths

  • Graham Kersey, English cricket wicket-keeper, dies in car crash at 25
  • Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer & musician, dies 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, dies at 52
1997 Highlights

About January 1, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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

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