January 1997 in history

January 1997 events chronologically

Jan 1 Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization
Jan 1 Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan is appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jan 3 China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys
Jan 17 A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad
Jan 18 In northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other
Jan 18 Børge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided
Jan 19 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1997

Jan 8 Jack Andraka an American inventor, scientist and cancer researcher. He is known for his work in developing a new, rapid, inexpensive, and patent pending method to detect an increase of a protein that indicates the presence of pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer during their early stages
Jan 11 Cody Simpson an Australian pop singer from Gold Coast, Queensland, who was previously signed to US record label Atlantic Records.
Jan 14 Tolmachevy Sisters Anastasiya and Maria Tolmachevy are twins, singers, actresses, and former child singers from the Russian city of Kursk. Aged nine, they won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania, with their song Vesenniy Jazz. Eight years later, they were chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2014
Jan 24 Samantha Yeo an Singaporean breaststroke and medley swimmer. Competing in her first of three Southeast Asian Games at just 12 years of age, Yeo has represented her country at the long course and short course World Championships, the FINA World Cup, Asian Games, Asian Swimming Championships, Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games and Asian Youth Games
Jan 24 Jonah Bobo an American actor.
Jan 24 Dylan Riley Snyder an American film, television and musical theatre performer. Beginning his acting career in community theatre at the age of five, Snyder is known for his acting, singing, and dancing abilities, starring as Young Tarzan in the 2006 Broadway musical, Tarzan, as Timmy in the 2009 feature film, Life During Wartime and as Milton on the Disney channel comedy series, Kickin' It
Jan 30 Shim Suk-hee a South Korean short track speed skater. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, she won gold in the 3000 metre relay as part of the South Korean relay team, silver in the 1500 metres, and bronze in the 1000 metres

Top 7 most famous people died in January 1997

Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre
Jan 5 André Franquin an influential Belgian comics artist, whose best known comic strip creations are Gaston and Marsupilami, created while he worked on the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip from 1947 to 1969, during a period seen by many as the series' golden age.
Jan 8 Melvin Calvin an American chemist most famed for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He spent most of his five-decade career at the University of California, Berkeley
Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd Baron Todd a British biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Jan 12 Charles Brenton Huggins a Canadian-born American physician and physiologist and cancer researcher at the University of Chicago specializing in prostate cancer. He was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering that hormones could be used to control the spread of some cancers. This was the first discovery that showed that cancer could be controlled by chemicals
Jan 17 Clyde Tombaugh an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf-planet Pluto in 1930, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the Kuiper belt, Tombaugh also discovered many asteroids; he also called for the serious scientific research of unidentified flying objects, or "U.F.O.s"
Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker a Dutch-born entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. Parker's management of Presley defined the role of masterminding talent management, which involved every facet of his life and was seen as central to the astonishing success of Presley's career. "The Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain rather than his client's interests and took more than the traditional 10 to 15 percent of his earnings. Presley said of Parker: "I don't think I'd have ever been very big if it wasn't for him. He's a very smart man." For many years Parker falsely claimed to have been U.S.-born, but it eventually emerged that he was born in Breda in the Netherlands