On This Day

January 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24

Sports History

Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

Hopman Cup

Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber

  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

  • Jan 10 Boston guard Dana Barros sinks a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics' 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27

Sports History

Jan 17 Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

  • Jan 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan 19 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 20 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D

  • Jan 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 20 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • Jan 25 Ottawa Senators set an NHL record with 16th consecutive home game without a win (0-15-1) in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the Palladium; old record (15) shared by 1928 Black Hawks & 1939 Canadiens

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 for her first and only Grand Slam victory after her stabbing

  • Jan 28 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 6th and last career Grand Slam title; beats American Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Sports History

Jan 29 Last day of Test cricket for Australian cricketer David Boon

  • Jan 30 Future Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a 5 year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds & 10 assists

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 23 Ruben Loftus-Cheek, English footballer (Chelsea), born in London, England
  • Jan 31 Sophia Schubert, American golfer (Evian C'ship 2022 runner-up), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, English soccer forward (Burnley, Everton) and manager (Burnley, Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool), dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, Hungarian runner, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • Jan 26 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • Jan 27 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 tests for England), dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Tommy Mitchell, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 93