Sunday January 12, 1997

US date format: 1/12/1997, UK date format: 12/1/1997

It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 12, 1997). The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton. In UK Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big) by Tori Amos was in the top 5 hits. Chasing Amy, directed by Kevin Smith, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997 while The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Staying Alive. If you liked videogames you were probably playing TOCA Touring Car Championship or Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 12, 1997?


  • In USA's Monk, the 4th season episode of MR. MONK AND MRS. MONK (#T-2351) indicates that Monk spilt something on January 12, 1999 during an earthquake. He stated "Earthquakes count, I don't make the rules."
  • In the television series The X-Files, the third season episode Syzygy, has two girls, Terri & Magi, both born on January 12, 1979. Strange astrological properties with 3+ celestial bodies in alignment gives them great power which they use to kill off several of their high school classmates on their birthday in 1996.
  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the fictional computer HAL becomes operational on January 12. In the movie by Stanley Kubrick, HAL was "born" in 1992, while in the book by Arthur C. Clarke the same event occurs in 1997.
  • Tanzania - Zanzibar Revolution Day


  • 17th United Negro College Fund raises
  • HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
  • Wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament Of Champions
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Famous Deaths


Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Chasing Amy

Chasing Amy

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee, Scott Mosier

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Steve James

Starring: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Breckin Meyer



Directed by: Gabriele Salvatores

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, Stefania Rocca

Zeus and Roxanne

Zeus and Roxanne

Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Quinlan, Arnold Vosloo, Dawn McMillan

Shadow Conspiracy

Shadow Conspiracy

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, Stephen Lang

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of January 12, 1997?
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Top #10 R&B songs

  1. - I Believe I Can Fly (From "Space Jam")
  2. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  3. - Nobody
  4. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  5. - I Believe In You And Me (From "The Preacher's Wife")
  6. - What Kind Of Man Would I Be
  7. - No Diggity
  8. - You Don't Have To Worry/I'm Still In Love With You
  9. - No Time
  10. - Pony

Top #1 Latin songs

  1. - Asi Como Te Conoci
Sport Games on January 12, 1997

Sport Games on January 12, 1997


American Basketball
  • Charlotte Hornets - Sacramento Kings : 97 - 93
  • Golden State Warriors - Milwaukee Bucks : 93 - 111
  • Orlando Magic - Toronto Raptors : 88 - 85
See all Basketball game results of January 12, 1997


American Football
  • Carolina Panthers - Green Bay Packers : 13 - 30
  • Jacksonville Jaguars - New England Patriots : 6 - 20
See all American Football game results of January 12, 1997

Serie A

Italian Football
  • Bologna - Parma : 0 - 1
  • Juventus - Atalanta : 0 - 0
  • Milan - Vicenza : 1 - 0
  • Napoli - Inter : 1 - 2
  • Piacenza - Udinese : 0 - 0
See all Football game results of January 12, 1997

La Liga Primera Division

Football (Spain)
  • Ath Bilbao - Celta : 2 - 2
  • Ath Madrid - Zaragoza : 5 - 1
  • Compostela - Santander : 1 - 1
  • Extremadura - Real Madrid : 0 - 0
  • Logrones - Espanol : 1 - 0
See all Football game results of January 12, 1997

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Förmannen som försvann

Förmannen som försvann

Holding the Baby

Holding the Baby

Solo für Sudmann

Solo für Sudmann

Days to next January 12

If January 12, 1997 is your birthday you're 23 years, 8 months, 14 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 17 days.

Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in January 1997?


Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman

The Fallen Man


Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by …

A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite

A Reporter's Life


"IMMEDIATELY ENGROSSING . . . [A] SPLENDID MEMOIR."--The Wall Street Journal"Run, don't walk to the nearest bookstore and treat yourself to the most heartwarming, nostalgia-producing book you will have read in many a year."--Ann

Make the Connection by Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey

Make the Connection


A book detailing Bob Greene's exercise program includes a ten-step regimen, with testimonials by Oprah Winfrey detailing her success with the program that led to her losing weight and feeling better

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth


Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel, this exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which the author creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love.

My Gal Sunday by Mary Higgins Clark

My Gal Sunday


A dashing ex-president and his young congresswoman bride become an irresistible sleuthing duo in four acclaimed stories from the Queen of Suspense.Henry


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Beast Wars: Transformers

Beast Wars: Transformers

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Sony PlayStation

Genre: Third-person shooter

Publisher: Hasbro Interactive Takara

B.C. Story

B.C. Story

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Sports game

Publisher: SemiCom

TOCA Touring Car Championship

TOCA Touring Car Championship

Platform: PlayStation Game Boy Color Microsoft Windows

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Codemasters, 3DO (USA), Upstar (Japan), THQ (Game Boy Color)

Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror

Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror

Platform: Microsoft Windows PlayStation OS X (Remastered) iOS (Remastered) Android (Remastered)

Genre: Point-and-click adventure

Publisher: Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror Microsoft Windows Virgin Interactive PlayStation EU SCEE NA Crave Entertainment Remastered Microsoft Windows & OS X Kalypso Media iOS & Android Revolution Software;

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Platform: PlayStation

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

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