Historical Events in January 1990

  • Jan 1 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
  • Jan 1 56th Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame beats #1 Colorado, 21-6
  • Jan 1 56th Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami beats #7 Alabama, 33-25
  • Jan 1 76th Rose Bowl: #12 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of New York City
  • Jan 1 FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs

Hopman Cup

Jan 1 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats American Pam Shriver 6-3, 6-3 to clinch 2-1 win for Spain's first title

  • Jan 1 Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ
  • Jan 1 NYC MTA stops token redemption at subway stations
  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 2 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)

Pro Wrestling

Jan 2 Sting joins pro wrestling's legendary "4 Horsemen" (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

Historic Event

Jan 3 Panama's leader General Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities

  • Jan 4 307 dead and 700 injured after overloaded passenger train collides with empty freight train in Pakistan
  • Jan 5 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • Jan 6 NY Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44)
  • Jan 7 Lynn Jennings runs world record indoor 5km indoor at 15:22.64
  • Jan 7 Tower of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far
  • Jan 9 64th US manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) launches into orbit
  • Jan 9 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • Jan 9 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • Jan 10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players
  • Jan 11 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
  • Jan 11 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • Jan 11 Bobby Knight becomes college basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

Sports History

Jan 11 NHL New York Islander Pat LaFontaine sets team record of scoring goals in 11 straight games

Historic Event

Jan 12 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

  • Jan 12 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
  • Jan 13 Douglas Wilder, 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Virginia)
  • Jan 14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China

AFC Championship

Jan 14 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21

  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams, 30-3

Historic Event

Jan 14 Un Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in Gulf

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 15 42 year old former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman stops Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City in a non-title bout; Cooney's last fight

  • Jan 15 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards: Santa Barbara wins
  • Jan 15 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • Jan 15 Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes 2nd man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games both as a player and coach (joining Lenny Wilkens) as the Warriors lose to the Indiana Pacers, 144-105
  • Jan 15 In a bizarre twist in the NHL, Washington Capitals fire coach Brian Murray, who had been head coach since 1981; replace him with his brother Terry, who had been coaching in the minors
  • Jan 15 In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s
  • Jan 16 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
  • Jan 17 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract

Hall of Fame

Jan 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King; and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

  • Jan 18 South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • Jan 18 Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • Jan 19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • Jan 19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • Jan 19 Turning point in the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus from Indian-administrated Kashmir due to violence from Muslim militants

Golden Globes

Jan 20 47th Golden Globes: "Born on the Fourth of July", Tom Cruise and Michelle Pfeiffer win

  • Jan 20 Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku
  • Jan 20 US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 21 41st NHL All-Star Game, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA: Wales beats Campbell, 12-7; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • Jan 21 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director

Sports History

Jan 21 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

Music Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Historic Event

Jan 22 President Mikhail Gorbachev sends Red Troops into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan

  • Jan 22 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.

Sports History

Jan 22 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide

  • Jan 22 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • Jan 23 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores twin test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 24 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • Jan 24 LAs' Pat Riley becomes the 13th and fastest coach to reach the 500-victory plateau as the Lakers down the Indiana Pacers, 120-111; Riley (500-184) surpasses Don Nelson (500-317) to reach milestone
  • Jan 25 Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel & crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die
  • Jan 25 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
  • Jan 25 Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jan 25 The Burns' Day windstorm storm hits northwestern Europe
  • Jan 26 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica & South Atlantic
  • Jan 26 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
  • Jan 27 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

  • Jan 28 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American-based Czech star Ivan Lendl of wins 8th and last career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg 4-6, 7-6, 5-2; Edberg retires injured

  • Jan 28 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government

Super Bowl

Jan 28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

  • Jan 29 Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill

NHL Record

Jan 30 LA center Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record by scoring his 100th point of the season for the 11th straight season; milestone comes with an assist in a 5-2 Kings' win over visiting New Jersey Devils

  • Jan 31 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing
  • Jan 31 1st McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
  • Jan 31 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ