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.
  • 09 Jan 1997 Comair Flight 3272 crashes in Raisinville Township in Monroe County, Michigan, killing 29 people.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1997?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  2. - I Believe I Can Fly
  3. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  4. - No Diggity
  5. - Nobody

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - 2 Become 1
  2. - Perfect Day
  3. - Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)
  4. - Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!
  5. - Barbie Girl


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1997?

Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion by David Brinkley

Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion


Take it easy - David Brinkley Large Print Editions are published in a 16-point font * All Random House Large-Print Editions are printed in a 16 point typeface. No matter how serious we take our politics.

The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman

The Fallen Man


The remains of a murder victim whose bones have remained undiscovered for over a decade lie on a ledge below Ship Rock mountain's peak. A sniper's bullet kills a harmless canyon guide who has traveled three hundred miles across the …

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck

Forever, Erma


Erma Bombeck, who died April 22, 1996, left behind a legacy that few writers can hope for: a written legacy of over 4,500 columns and 12 bestselling books.

I'M Not Really Here by Tim Allen

I'M Not Really Here


Popular comedian and actor, the popular actor shares his observations about why things are the same. He also shares his bizarre opinions on the meaning of life as well as his personal role.

Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert H. Bork

Slouching Towards Gomorrah


Robert H. Bork is the most prominent conservative scholar in America and offers a vision of a culture that is in decline.