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

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Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

Release year: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Country: United States of America

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

Release year: 1997

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Country: United States of America

The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree

Release year: 1997

Directed by: Richard Friedenberg

Starring: James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Mika Boorem


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Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

Lucky You


A Florida woman wins millions in the lottery only to have her ticket stolen.

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker

Joy of Cooking


The bestselling Joy of Cooking—the book Julia Child called “a fundamental resource for any American cook”—now in a revised and updated 75th Anniversary edition, which restores the voice of the original authors and many of the most beloved recipes from …

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba The fourth volume in the brilliant Dark Tower Series is “splendidly tense…rip-roaring” (Publishers Weekly)—a #1 national bestseller about an epic quest to save the universe.In

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God Of Small Things


Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide.

Come The Spring by Julie Garwood

Come The Spring


Julie Garwood triumphed with her phenomenal For the Roses and her #1 New York Times bestselling trio of novels, One Pink Rose, One White Rose, and One Red Rose.