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 (heads to Russia)
  • 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

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd


Which were the most popular books released in August 1997?
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and …

Special Delivery by Danielle Steel

Special Delivery


In a novel that explores the fun and challenge, and occasional absurdity, of new beginnings, Danielle Steel tells the story of two people who find love where and when they least expect it.At

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain


In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to …

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham by Billy Graham

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham


Hailed as "the world's preacher," Billy Graham has enjoyed a career that has spanned six decades and his ministry of faith has touched the hearts and souls of millions.

Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons

Up Island


From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught by her charismatic, domineering mother that "family is everything." But no one warned Molly that family can change unexpectedly.