On This Day

What Happened on January 26, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Australian Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his 2nd and last Australian title; beats Carlos Moyá of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardTennis Open

Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis becomes first Swiss player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mario Lemieux ties NHL record with 4 goals in the 3rd period as Pittsburgh wins, 5-2 at Montreal; 39th career hat trick and 13th 4-goal game, tying NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky & Mike Bossy

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR

Famous Birthdays

  • Pasaye, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26), born in Palatine, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53