December 1997 calendar

December 1997

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1997: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1997?


  • 01 Dec 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • 02 Dec 1997 MCI Center opens in Washington DC, as Washington Wizards play the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • 03 Dec 1997 1776, opens at Gershwin Theater, New York City
  • 04 Dec 1997 Diary of Anne Frank, opens at Music Box Theater, New York City
  • 05 Dec 1997 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • 07 Dec 1997 Amy Fruhwirth and Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic.
  • 08 Dec 1997 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes and Spice Girls win.
  • 09 Dec 1997 The Pokémon Trading Card Game is blessed by the Vatican for its love-thy-neighbor notion of quotintense friendship,quot for being quotfull of inventive imagination,quot and its lack of quotharmful moral side effects.quot
  • 10 Dec 1997 The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
  • 11 Dec 1997 Sunshine Boys, opens at Lyceum Theater, New York City
  • 12 Dec 1997 TWA 800 hearings end
  • 13 Dec 1997 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB).
  • 14 Dec 1997 View From the Bridge, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Dec 1997 The Treaty of Bangkok is signed allowing the transformation of Southeast Asia into a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
  • 16 Dec 1997 President Clinton names his Labrador retriever, Buddy
  • 17 Dec 1997 The United Kingdom commences its Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, which extends the state's gun ban to include all handguns--with the exception of antique and show weapons.
  • 18 Dec 1997 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 19 Dec 1997 MTV drops video Smack My Bitch Up by Prodigy
  • 21 Dec 1997 Lexus Senior Golf Challenge
  • 22 Dec 1997 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • 23 Dec 1997 Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted Daughter of Mia Farrow
  • 24 Dec 1997 The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • 25 Dec 1997 Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show
  • 26 Dec 1997 The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • 27 Dec 1997 54-car pileup on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, due to dense fog. One death, 30 injuries.
  • 28 Dec 1997 Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship.
  • 29 Dec 1997 Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • 30 Dec 1997 The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9. It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000.
  • 31 Dec 1997 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • 03 Dec 1997 In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Candle In The Wind 1997
  2. - Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  3. - You Make Me Wanna..
  4. - How Do I Live
  5. - My Body

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!
  2. - Perfect Day
  3. - Barbie Girl
  4. - Together Again
  5. - Never Ever


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1997?

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass


This is the fourth volume of the Dark Tower Series, starring Matthew McConaughey & IdrisElba. It's a major motion picture that stars Matthew McConaughey & IdrisElba. A #1 national bestseller about an epic quest for the salvation of the universe.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box


An anniversary edition of the timeless Christmas classic that touched the hearts millions of readers: "The most popular holiday tale ever since Tiny Tim" (Newsweek).

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul


It can be difficult to be a teenager. But you're not the only one. This book is full of stories that will make both you and your family laugh.

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.

The Ghost by Danielle Steel

The Ghost


Charles Waterston has a loving wife and a thrilling career in London. His life seems perfect. He doesn't know what he will do when his 10 year marriage ends or if he is forced to move to New York.