What Happened on January 22, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth

Famous Deaths

  • Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, dies at 73
  • Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), dies at 90
  • Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican historian and political activist, dies at 98
  • Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66