February 1997 calendar

February 1997

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in February 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.

But much more happened on February 1997: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1997?


  • 02 Feb 1997 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus closes at Gershwin, New York City
  • 03 Feb 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM
  • 04 Feb 1997 Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • 05 Feb 1997 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • 06 Feb 1997 Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm
  • 07 Feb 1997 US and Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • 09 Feb 1997 Fox cartoon series The Simpsons airs 167th episode in the USA, making it the longest-running animated series in cartoon history.
  • 10 Feb 1997 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • 11 Feb 1997 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches.
  • 12 Feb 1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement.
  • 13 Feb 1997 Three Sisters, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Feb 1997 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski.
  • 16 Feb 1997 GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
  • 17 Feb 1997 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena, California
  • 19 Feb 1997 US Federal Communications Commission makes available 311 for non-emergency calls and 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls.
  • 20 Feb 1997 Stanley opens at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • 21 Feb 1997 Empire Strikes Back, special edition, premieres
  • 22 Feb 1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open.
  • 23 Feb 1997 American Express Senior Golf Invitational
  • 24 Feb 1997 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp.
  • 26 Feb 1997 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck and LeAnn Rimes win.
  • 27 Feb 1997 Last Night of Ballyhoo opens at Helen Hayes Theater, New York City
  • 28 Feb 1997 Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
  • 04 Feb 1997 The Bojnurd earthquake measuring M  6.5 strikes Iran. With a Mercalli intensity of VIII, it kills at least 88 and damages 173 villages.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  2. - Wannabe
  3. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  4. - I Believe I Can Fly
  5. - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)
  2. - Where Do You Go
  3. - 2 Become 1
  4. - Don't Speak
  5. - Don't Let Go (Love)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1997?

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth


This book won the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award as best first novel. It deals with real-life problems of violence and alienation. The author then creates a beautiful testament to humanity's capacity for compassion, mercy, and love.

A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite

A Reporter's Life



Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace


Alias Grace is Margaret Atwood's most compelling, disturbing and ultimately satisfying book since The Handmaid's Tale.

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Simple Abundance


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROver 7,000,000 copies sold in over 30 languages

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

The Runaway Jury