Historical Events in January 1997

  • Jan 1 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20
  • Jan 3 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
  • Jan 3 Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick v England at Harare
  • Jan 3 Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series v England 3-0
  • Jan 3 The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $US27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys
  • Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin clinch first title for the US; beat South African pair Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 for a 2-1 victory
  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 7 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

  • Jan 9 After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
  • Jan 10 "Rehersal" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 10 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
  • Jan 10 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • Jan 10 Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits
  • Jan 10 Italy's new 1,000 lire coin shows divided Germany on map

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Right-winger Arnoldo Aleman sworn in as president of Nicaragua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman
  • Jan 11 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actress Sandra Bullock
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • Jan 12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
  • Jan 12 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers, 30-13
  • Jan 13 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru

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Jan 15 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
  • Jan 15 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 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
  • Jan 15 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
  • Jan 15 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
  • Jan 16 Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
  • Jan 17 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
  • Jan 18 47th NHL All-Star Game, San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA: East beats West, 11-7; Mark Recchi, Montreal, RW
  • Jan 18 In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • Jan 18 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Jan 20 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
  • Jan 20 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • Jan 20 Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
  • Jan 20 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 21 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • Jan 22 Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • Jan 24 The Swiss government and several banks and businesses agree to create a memorial fund for victims of the Holocaust
  • Jan 25 In a high profile NHL trade, San Jose obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour from Chicago in exchange for goaltender Chris Terreri, Ulf Dahlen, Michal Sykora and a conditional pick in 1998 Entry Draft
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 26 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 26 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

Jan 26 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
  • Jan 26 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 26 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
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Jan 30 Minuteman III launches
  • Jan 31 "Final Fantasy VII" is released by Square and Sony Computer Entertainment to PlayStation
  • Jan 31 San Antonio forward Dominique Wilkins scores 27 points in the Spurs' 97-95 loss to Minnesota; gives him 26,009 career points; only the 6th NBA player to reach the 26k milestone