August 1997 calendar

August 1997

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1997.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1997: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1997?


  • 01 Aug 1997 Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete their merger.
  • 03 Aug 1997 25th du Maurier Golf Classic: Colleen Walker wins
  • 04 Aug 1997 Keenan Ivory Wayan Show, premieres on Fox TV
  • 05 Aug 1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 06 Aug 1997 NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
  • 07 Aug 1997 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • 08 Aug 1997 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • 09 Aug 1997 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • 10 Aug 1997 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • 11 Aug 1997 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • 13 Aug 1997 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees
  • 14 Aug 1997 1776, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Aug 1997 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 16 Aug 1997 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America
  • 17 Aug 1997 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot Golf Club
  • 19 Aug 1997 New York Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs. Anaheim
  • 20 Aug 1997 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • 21 Aug 1997 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • 24 Aug 1997 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • 25 Aug 1997 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
  • 26 Aug 1997 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 28 Aug 1997 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • 29 Aug 1997 At least 98 villagers are killed by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • 30 Aug 1997 1st WNBA Championshion: Houston Comets beat the New York Liberty
  • 31 Aug 1997 Gin Game, closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 06 Aug 1997 Korean Air Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam, killing 229 of the 254 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - I'll Be Missing You
  2. - Mo Money, Mo Problems
  3. - Bitch
  4. - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
  5. - Semi-Charmed Life

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I'll Be Missing You
  2. - Ecuador
  3. - Men In Black
  4. - D'You Know What I Mean?
  5. - Freed From Desire


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1997?

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Millionaire Next Door


The Millionaire Next Door, a bestseller, identifies seven traits that are common among people who have accumulated wealth.

Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown

Fat Tuesday


An angry police officer is outraged that his partner was acquitted. He took the wife of the defense attorney in a desperate attempt to exact revenge. This story of passion and corruption will bring redemption to those who are involved.

The Third Twin by Ken Follett

The Third Twin


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Genetic researcher Jeanie Ferami discovered identical twins in a restricted FBI database. She is terrified by the bizarre discovery and determined to find the truth, even if it means she becomes embroiled in a scandal that …

If This World Were Mine by E. Lynn Harris

If This World Were Mine


A close group of friends. A sexy stranger. What are the bonds that bind friendship? E. spent nine weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Dead In The Water by Stuart Woods

Dead In The Water


Stone Barrington wants to escape the cold of New York and enjoy a winter vacation in St.