Historical Events in January 1993

  • Jan 1 "Farewell My Concubine" directed by Chen Kaige from novel by Lilian Lee starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li premieres in Hong Kong (Cannes Palme d'Or 1993)
  • Jan 1 12 member European Economic Community set up vast free trade zone
  • Jan 1 22nd Fiesta Bowl: #6 Syracuse beats #10 Colorado, 26-22
  • Jan 1 59th Orange Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #11 Nebraska, 27-14
  • Jan 1 59th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Miami, 34-13
  • Jan 1 79th Rose Bowl: #7 Michigan beats #9 Washington, 38-31
  • Jan 1 Blockbuster Bowl 3: Stanford beats Penn State, 24-3
  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements are banned in NYC's MTA
  • Jan 1 Czechoslovakia separates into Czech Republic (Bohemia) & Slovakia
  • Jan 2 "Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 55 performances
  • Jan 2 Opposing factions in the Bosnian conflict hold meetings with the aim of ending the nine month conflict
  • Jan 3 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 452 performances
  • Jan 3 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Jan 3 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances
  • Jan 3 "The Comeback", QB Frank Reich leads Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history
  • Jan 3 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin NYC after 10 performances

Treaty of Interest

Jan 3 In Moscow, the Start II arms reduction treaty is signed by George H. W. Bush (USA) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia)

  • Jan 3 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "The Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, closes at St James Theater NYC after 706 performances and 3 Tony Awards
  • Jan 3 Michael Milkin, the "junk bond king", is released from jail after 22 months
  • Jan 4 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)

Sports History

Jan 5 Brian Lara scores his maiden Test century with 277 for the West Indies v Australia in drawn 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • Jan 5 Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil
  • Jan 5 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident

Hall of Fame

Jan 5 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

  • Jan 5 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (first legal hanging in America since 1965)
  • Jan 6 55 Kashmiri civilians are killed in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Border Security Force units
  • Jan 6 Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
  • Jan 6 Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a
  • Jan 7 Bosnian War: Bosnian Army launches a surprise attack on Kravica, a village in Srebrenica
  • Jan 7 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President

Music History

Jan 8 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

  • Jan 8 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Michael Stich beats Emilio Sánchez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's first title

Sports History

Jan 8 Michael Jordan's game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

Film & TV History

Jan 8 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman

Film & TV History

Jan 8 Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" debuts at the Toronto Film Fetsival - will become lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million

  • Jan 9 Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100m free style (53.33)
  • Jan 10 "My Favorite Year" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 37 performances
  • Jan 10 "Sea Gull" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 10 Maiden flight of Ultrair (Houston to LA)
  • Jan 11 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history
  • Jan 11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)

Historic Event

Jan 11 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 8th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

Sports History

Jan 12 NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • Jan 13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • Jan 13 STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit

Music History

Jan 14 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson,

  • Jan 14 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS
  • Jan 14 Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die

NBA Record

Jan 14 Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle SuperSonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks

  • Jan 15 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, killing 2 people
  • Jan 15 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • Jan 15 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
  • Jan 16 25th NAACP Image Awards: "Boyz n the Hood" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Jan 17 14th ACE Cable Awards: Bravo! wins the Golden CableACE for its dedication to films, cultural arts and performing arts programming
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins, 29-10
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 30-20
  • Jan 17 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")

Historic Event

Jan 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states of the USA for 1st time

  • Jan 18 West Indies beat Australia 2-0 win cricket's World Series Cup

Album Release

Jan 19 Columbia Records releases "The Wheel", the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. co-produced by Cash and future husband John Leventhal

  • Jan 19 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
  • Jan 19 Oakland As unveil new elephant logo
  • Jan 19 Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
  • Jan 19 STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
  • Jan 20 Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Bill Clinton (D) inaugurated as 42nd US President

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Maya Angelou is 1st African American and woman to recite a poem at inauguration of a US President - "On the Pulse of Morning" for Bill Clinton

  • Jan 21 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
  • Jan 22 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77

Sports History

Jan 23 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack

  • Jan 23 Indian Airlines B737 crashes at Aurangabad, killing 61

Historic Event

Jan 23 NY Newsday reports Oregan Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women

Sports History

Jan 23 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan

  • Jan 24 14th annual star-athon $24,000,000
  • Jan 24 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed
  • Jan 24 Soyuz TM-16 launches
  • Jan 24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • Jan 24 US men's Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • Jan 25 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
  • Jan 25 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
  • Jan 25 Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years
  • Jan 26 Everton scores a 3-1 away win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in London; lowest ever attendance at an EPL fixture, 3,039
  • Jan 26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • Jan 27 DC-3 crashes in Kinshasa, killing 12
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Vinod Kambli, prolific Indian batsman

Historic Event

Jan 29 US postal service issues a stamp commemorating chemist Percy Lavon Julian

  • Jan 30 100,000 Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

  • Jan 31 "St Joan" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Jan 31 9th Sundance Film Festival: "Ruby in Paradise" and "Public Access" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jim Courier retains title; repeats previous year's win over Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17; MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB