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January 20, 1997

January 20, 1997, was a Monday. It was the 20th day of 1997. The decade was the nineties.

27 years, 1 month, and 12 days have passed since January 20, 1997.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 20, 1997:

  • Autumn Jackson is arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of trying to extort money from comedian Bill Cosby.
Birthdays

Born on January 20, 1997

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 20, 1997:

  • United States: "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
  • United Kingdom: "Your Woman" by White Town

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 20, 1997

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue
  • I Believe I Can Fly (From "Space Jam") - R. Kelly
  • Nobody - Keith Sweat Featuring Athena Cage
  • I Believe In You And Me (From "The Preacher's Wife") - Whitney Houston
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Beverly Hills Ninja

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Beverly Hills Ninja".

Facts

This date was 9,902 days ago. Approximately 330 months have passed. It was the 20th day of 1997, in week 04. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 27 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 110 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 20, 1997

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Monday, January 20, 1997. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The holiday season of 1996 seems like a distant memory. New year's resolutions are already being abandoned, and many are eagerly awaiting their first paycheck after Christmas In America, the song "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton is at the top of the singles charts, while "Your Woman" by White Town is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Beverly Hills Ninja is at the top of the box office.

John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A new form of communication called "text messaging" is starting to become more widespread. However, it can only be done if both the sender and the receiver are on the same cell network. Meanwhile, a global system called "the Internet" is also starting to take off. Each day, more and more people are learning how to send emails and browse "websites" on the World Wide Web by connecting their IBM computers to noisy dial-up modems.

The CD is quickly becoming the dominant format for music, and people are buying portable players such as the "Discman". Consequently, sales of cassette tapes are continuing to decline. In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage—a big change from the darker "grunge" colors of the early 1990s. Women are wearing maxi skirts, bell bottoms, knee boots, crop tops, tube tops, slip dresses, maxi coats, and platform shoes. Meanwhile, a lot of men have ditched their grunge and skater clothes in favor of a "dress casual" look. They are also beginning to cut their hair shorter. It's 1997, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Toni Braxton, the Spice Girls, Puff Daddy, No Doubt, Hanson and Elton John.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as The Notorious B.I.G, Jeff Buckley, Gianni Versace, and Princess Diana would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Frasier", "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", and "Xena: Warrior Princess". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Theme Park", "Nights into Dreams", "The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall", and "Tomb Raider".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Brotherly Love", "Wishbone", "Little Bear", and "Moesha". Popular toys at the moment include Yo-yo, Super Soaker (water gun), Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle, and the Tamagotchi.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 20, 1997.

  • Shawn Colvin - "Sunny Came Home"

    Shawn Colvin - "Sunny Came Home"

    The song "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin went on to win a Grammy for 1997's Record of the Year.
  • 1997 in music.

    1997 in music

    Popular music artists in 1997 included the Spice Girls, Jewel, Puff Daddy, Monica, Mark Morrison, Hanson, Meredith Brooks, Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Elton John, and Boyz II Men.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1997?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1997?

    In 1997, the best NBA players were Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, Glen Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Anthony Mason, Vin Baker, Shaquille O'Neal, John Stockton and Penny Hardaway.
  • Andrew Grove.

    Andrew Grove

    The chairman and CEO of Intel, Andrew Grove, was named Time Person of the Year in 1997.
  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion

    Popular clothing items included pleather pants, high-waisted miniskirts, and halter tops. Metallic clothing became more prominent. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread among young men as brands such as "Old Navy" and "Abercrombie & Fitch" became more and more popular. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colors.
  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and Yoshi's Story.
  • 1997 in movies.

    1997 in movies

    Movies released in 1997 included Titanic, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Tomorrow Never Dies, Air Force One, Liar Liar, As Good as It Gets, The Fifth Element, The Full Monty, Starship Troopers, Good Will Hunting and Alien: Resurrection.
  • Teri Hatcher.

    Teri Hatcher

    American actress Teri Hatcher was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 1997.
  • Best football players in 1997.

    Best football players in 1997

    In 1997, the best soccer players were Ronaldo, Predrag Mijatović, Zinedine Zidane, Dennis Bergkamp, Roberto Carlos, Andreas Möller, Raúl, Peter Schmeichel, Jürgen Kohler, Matthias Sammer and Christian Vieri.
  • Dancing baby.

    Dancing baby

    In 1997, a 3D animation of a dancing baby became one of the first viral videos. Over the course of the year, the animation appeared in commercials and sitcoms such as Ally McBeal.
  • Titanic.

    Titanic

    James Cameron's film "Titanic" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1997.
  • The Internet is still a novelty.

    The Internet is still a novelty

    Although the Internet existed, it was still something of a novelty in the late 1990s. Many people had to visit their local library just to "surf the web". Social media wasn't a thing yet, and most sites consisted of gaudy, static web pages.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    By this stage, the CD had become the dominant music format. Consequently, sales of CD players and the "Discman" continued to increase. Meanwhile, people were beginning to replace their cassette players.
  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps

    Kids were reading Goosebumps, which was a series of children's horror books that were written by author R. L. Stine. The original series included books such as "Monster Blood", "Say Cheese and Die!" and "The Barking Ghost".
  • VCRs are common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    Everyone was using VCRs to watch tapes of movies and TV shows. The device also gave people the ability to record programs and films onto a blank tape.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 20, 1997.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to January 20, 1997.

  • December 22, 1996: Soccer: Goalkeeper Peter Shilton plays his 1000th game.
  • December 23, 1996: French movie producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is murdered in Ireland.
  • December 24, 1996: German footballer Matthias Sammer wins the 1996 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 25, 1996: The murder of six year old JonBenet Ramsey shocks America.
  • December 26, 1996:
    • David Spencer (13) and Patrick Warren (11) go missing in Solihull, England.
    • Islamic hijackers seize control of Air France Flight 8969.
  • December 27, 1996: Patrick Warren (11) and David Spencer (13) go missing in Solihull, England.
  • December 30, 1996: Actor Jack Nance passes away from a subdural hematoma.
  • January 8, 1997: Football: Kevin Keegan announces that he is stepping down as manager of Newcastle United.
  • January 16, 1997: Bill Cosby's son, Ennis Cosby, is shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
  • January 17, 1997: The NBA suspends Dennis Rodman for at least 11 games for kicking cameraman Eugene Amos.
  • This date: January 20, 1997
  • January 26, 1997: Super Bowl XXXI: The Green Bay Packers defeat the New England Patriots by 35-21 at the Louisiana Superdome.
  • January 31, 1997: The game Final Fantasy VII is released.
  • February 4, 1997: Madonna releases the single "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".
  • February 13, 1997: Irish crime: 17-year-old Ciara Breen goes missing in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
  • February 16, 1997: Wrestling: Chyna makes her WWF debut.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 20, 1997, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1997 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 20, 1997 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on January 20, 1997

People in January 1997 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from January 1997.

King of the Hill
King of the Hill
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
JAG
JAG
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Friends
Friends
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
ER
ER
Party of Five
Party of Five
Ellen
Ellen
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The Nanny
The Nanny
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Frasier
Frasier
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The X-Files
The X-Files
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Mad About You
Mad About You
Martin
Martin
Melrose Place
Melrose Place
Baywatch
Baywatch

Cars in 1997

1997 saw the introduction of cars such as the Saab 9-5, the Toyota Avensis, the Toyota Prius, the Lincoln Navigator, the Honda Accord, and the Chevrolet Corvette (C5).

Cars in 1997.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on January 20, 1997

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1997:

KaBlam!
KaBlam!
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Arthur
Arthur

Bruno the Kid
Bruno the Kid
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Clueless
Clueless
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel
Moesha
Moesha
Little Bear
Little Bear
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wishbone
Wishbone
Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
Hang Time
Hang Time
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
In the House
In the House
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo
Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Gargoyles
Gargoyles
The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Friends
Friends
Street Sharks
Street Sharks
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Sweet Valley High
Sweet Valley High
All That
All That
Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister
Weird Science
Weird Science
The Nanny
The Nanny
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Living Single
Living Single
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Doug
Doug
Rugrats
Rugrats
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
Art Attack
Art Attack
Round the Twist
Round the Twist
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Roseanne
Roseanne
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1997

Toys and games that were popular in 1997:

The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Bop It
Bop It
Car City Carpet
Car City Carpet
The Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64
Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo
The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Street Sharks Action Figures
Street Sharks Action Figures
The PlayStation (PS1)
The PlayStation (PS1)
The Sega Saturn
The Sega Saturn
Styrofoam plane gliders
Styrofoam plane gliders
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Dear Diary
Dear Diary
Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
Jenga
Jenga
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in January 1997.

Diablo 1996
Diablo
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1996
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Tomb Raider 1996
Tomb Raider
Wipeout 2097 1996
Wipeout 2097
Super Mario 64 1996
Super Mario 64
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Crash Bandicoot 1996
Crash Bandicoot
Nights into Dreams 1996
Nights into Dreams
Die Hard Trilogy 1996
Die Hard Trilogy
Fade to Black 1996
Fade to Black
Quake 1996
Quake
Ridge Racer Revolution 1996
Ridge Racer Revolution
Resident Evil 1996
Resident Evil
Duke Nukem 3D 1996
Duke Nukem 3D
Virtua Fighter 2 1996
Virtua Fighter 2
Theme Park 1995
Theme Park

Were you born on January 20, 1997?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1997.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 20, 2003, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 20.

Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein

Financier Deceased
Born on January 20, 1953
He turned 44 on this day in 1997.

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Talkshow host
Born on January 20, 1956
He turned 41 on this day in 1997.

James Denton

James Denton

Actor
Born on January 20, 1963
He turned 34 on this day in 1997.

Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson

Actor
Born on January 20, 1966
He turned 31 on this day in 1997.

Nicky Wire

Nicky Wire

Manic Street Preachers
Born on January 20, 1969
He turned 28 on this day in 1997.

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Singer
Born on January 20, 1971
He turned 26 on this day in 1997.

Evan Peters

Evan Peters

Actor
Born on January 20, 1987
He turned 10 on this day in 1997.

USA

US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on January 20, 1997.

UK

UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

John Bruton was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 20, 1997 was most likely conceived around April 29, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 20, 1997 is close to October 13, 1997.

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Stats for January 20, 1997

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about January 20, 1997:

  • 9,902 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,414 weeks have passed.
  • 855,532,800 seconds have passed since January 20, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 998,121,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 441,454,924,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 142,588,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 73,575,821 steps. That's roughly 32,700 miles!
  • Since this date, 10,266,394 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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