On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1997

Historical Events

Sports History

Controversial Chicago Bulls' forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman

Historic Event

Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • San Francisco head coach George Seifert announces his resignation after 8 highly-successful NFL seasons with the 49ers: winningest coach in team history at 108-35; 2 Super Bowl titles
  • Seattle's Sam Perkins ties Jeff Hornacek's NBA single-game record by connecting on 8 straight 3-point field goals during Sonics' 122-78 win over visiting Toronto; Seattle also sets an NBA steals record with 27
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

Famous Deaths

  • Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, dies at 82
  • Kenneth Thimann, English American botanist (Balzan Prize), dies at 92
1997 Highlights

About January 15, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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