Friday January 17, 1997

US date format: 1/17/1997, UK date format: 17/1/1997

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 17, 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. Famous people born on this day include Jake Paul and Jack Vidgen. 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. Once Upon a Time in China and America, directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997 while Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Brass Eye. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Captain Claw or Test Drive 4.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 17, 1997?


  • Catholicism - Feast day of the following saints: St. Anthony and Amelbert.
  • Ancient Latvia - Zirgu Diena observed


  • NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely, fines him $25,000 for kicking cameraman.
  • A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
  • A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

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Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Once Upon a Time in China and America

Once Upon a Time in China and America

Directed by: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Starring: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong, Kwok-Pong Chan

Star Maps

Star Maps

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

Starring: Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandeyce Jorden, Martha Velez

Red Meat

Red Meat

Directed by: Allison Burnett

Starring: Lara Flynn Boyle, James Frain, Dee Freeman, Jennifer Grey

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

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of January 17, 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. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  4. - Nobody
  5. - I Believe In You And Me (From "The Preacher's Wife")
  6. - What Kind Of Man Would I Be
  7. - You Don't Have To Worry/I'm Still In Love With You
  8. - Cold Rock A Party
  9. - Pony
  10. - No Diggity

Top #1 Latin songs

  1. - Asi Como Te Conoci
Sport Games on January 17, 1997

Sport Games on January 17, 1997


American Basketball
  • Cleveland Cavaliers - Seattle SuperSonics : 84 - 96
  • Golden State Warriors - Indiana Pacers : 98 - 91
  • Houston Rockets - Dallas Mavericks : 88 - 78
  • Miami Heat - Washington Bullets : 103 - 92
  • Milwaukee Bucks - Chicago Bulls : 73 - 100
See all Basketball game results of January 17, 1997

Division 2

Football (United Kingdom)
  • Burnley - Bury : 3 - 1
See all Football game results of January 17, 1997

Liga I

Football (Portugal)
  • Belenenses - Sp Lisbon : 2 - 2
See all Football game results of January 17, 1997

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Brass Eye

Brass Eye

Starring: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Forgotten Toys

The Forgotten Toys

Directed by: Graham Ralph

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Emergency Vets

Emergency Vets

Days to next January 17

If January 17, 1997 is your birthday you're 23 years, 8 months, 1 day old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 30 days.

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Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations With God


Conversations with God Book 1 began a series that has been changing millions of lives for more than ten years. Finally, the bestselling series is now a movie, starring Henry Czerny

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck

Forever, Erma


When Erma Bombeck died on April 22, 1996, she left behind something that few writers could hope to bequeath--a written legacy of more than 4,500 columns and twelve bestselling books and

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

Airframe by Michael Crichton



From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes this extraordinary thriller about airline safety, business intrigue, and a deadly cover-up. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “The pacing is fast, the suspense nonstop.”—People

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Celestine Prophecy


THE #1 BESTSELLING INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON - NOW WITH A NEW PREFACEYou have never read a book like this before -- a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever.In


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Captain Claw

Captain Claw

Platform: Microsoft Windows

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Monolith Productions, Wizard Works

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Galilei ja kadonneet lelut

Platform: Windows

Bushido Blade

Bushido Blade

Platform: PlayStation, PlayStation Network

Genre: Fighting

Publisher: JP Square; NA SCEA; PAL SCEE

Test Drive 4

Test Drive 4

Platform: PlayStation PC CD-ROM

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Accolade

Batman & Robin

Batman & Robin

Platform: PlayStation,

Genre: Action-adventure

Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment Tiger Electronics

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