January 1997 calendar

January 1997

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 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.

But much more happened on January 1997: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1997?


  • 01 Jan 1997 The Republic of Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaire.
  • 02 Jan 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • 03 Jan 1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final Today show on NBC-TV
  • 05 Jan 1997 Juan Darien-Carnival Mass closes at Vivian Beaumont, New York City
  • 06 Jan 1997 In Detroit, Michigan, the North American International Auto Show is held, over ten days. Chevrolet unveils the 1997 Corvette, dubbed "C5". A new small-block V-8 engine is introduced, the LS1, with 345-hp, and 10:1 compression ratio.
  • 07 Jan 1997 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 08 Jan 1997 Intel releases the 166 MHz and 200 MHz Pentium processors with MMX multimedia extension instructions. Bus speed is 66 MHz. They incorporate 4.5 million transistors. Performance of the 200 MHz version is 350 MIPS. Code-name during development was P55C. MMX originally stood for "matrix-multiplication extensions".
  • 09 Jan 1997 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
  • 10 Jan 1997 Rehersal, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 11 Jan 1997 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
  • 12 Jan 1997 17th United Negro College Fund raises
  • 15 Jan 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
  • 16 Jan 1997 Ennis Cosby, the 29-year-old only son of actor Bill Cosby, is killed by a gunman while changing a flat tire in Los Angeles, California.
  • 17 Jan 1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely, fines him $25,000 for kicking cameraman.
  • 18 Jan 1997 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 19 Jan 1997 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn and Geoffrey Rush
  • 20 Jan 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • 21 Jan 1997 Newt Gingrich becomes the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
  • 22 Jan 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth, Successful
  • 23 Jan 1997 Mir Aimal Kasi receives the death sentence for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside US Central Intelligence Agency headquarters that killed two and wounded three others.
  • 25 Jan 1997 71st Australian Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis beat Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2).
  • 26 Jan 1997 Ideal Husband closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 27 Jan 1997 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, opens at Gershwin, New York City
  • 30 Jan 1997 Minuteman III launches
  • 31 Jan 1997 Final Fantasy VII is released in Japan.

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Lost Highway

Lost Highway

Release year: 1997

Directed by: David Lynch

Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Country: United States of America

Love Jones

Love Jones

Release year: 1997

Directed by: Theodore Witcher

Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

Chasing Amy

Chasing Amy

Release year: 1997

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in January 1997?
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The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

The Unlikely Spy


In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agent imaginable-a

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain


In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to …

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace


In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale.

James Herriot'S Favorite Dog Stories by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Favorite Dog Stories


"When I decided to be a vet, I knew that I wanted to be a dog doctor, so I could spend all my time with dogs."

Living Faith by Jimmy Carter

Living Faith


For almost three decades, President Carter has regularly spent part of each Sunday reading from scripture and sharing his personal faith with neighbors, friends, and visitors at his Baptist church in