May 1997 calendar

May 1997

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1997?


  • 01 May 1997 Toni Blair elected Prime Minister of the UK
  • 02 May 1997 Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy
  • 03 May 1997 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3.
  • 04 May 1997 Sprint Titleholders LPGA Championship
  • 05 May 1997 Married With Children final episode on Fox TV
  • 06 May 1997 Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
  • 07 May 1997 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • 08 May 1997 Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
  • 09 May 1997 First US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam.
  • 10 May 1997 Chicago Cubs turn baseball's 68th triple play (vs San Francisco Giants).
  • 11 May 1997 Play On! closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 12 May 1997 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs. White Sox
  • 13 May 1997 Eddie Murray is sixth baseball player to play in 3,000 games.
  • 14 May 1997 The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
  • 15 May 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission.
  • 16 May 1997 Brandi Sherwood, (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA.
  • 17 May 1997 Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
  • 18 May 1997 King David, opens at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
  • 19 May 1997 Millie, dog of President Bush, dies at age 12.
  • 20 May 1997 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway / USA), Successful
  • 21 May 1997 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • 23 May 1997 King David, closes at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
  • 24 May 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • 25 May 1997 Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic
  • 26 May 1997 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) and Tony Womack (Pittsburgh Pirates) hit inside the park homeruns.
  • 27 May 1997 Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500
  • 28 May 1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis
  • 29 May 1997 Jesse Timmedequas, found guilty of rape / murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • 30 May 1997 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12-year-old grandson.
  • 31 May 1997 Once Upon a Matress, closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • 16 May 1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire, flees the country.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Hypnotizeyoutube
  2. - MMMbop
  3. - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
  4. - You Were Meant For Me
  5. - Return Of The Mack

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Believe I Can Fly
  2. - Lovefool
  3. - Bellissima
  4. - You're Not Alone
  5. - Don't Speak


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1997?

The Ranch  by Danielle Steel

The Ranch


Danielle Steel's 39th bestseller tells the story of three former roommates at college who meet up after twenty years and spend one summer at The Ranch.

Just As I Am by Billy Graham

Just As I Am


Autobiography of Billy Graham

Snow In August by Pete Hamill

Snow In August


Brooklyn, 1947. The war vets have returned home. Jackie Robinson is on the verge of becoming a Dodger. A close-knit, working-class neighborhood has a 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin.

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

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham


He is known as the "world's greatest preacher" and his ministry of faith touched the hearts of millions.

Underboss by Peter Maas



Sammy the Bull Gravano was the most powerful member of the American Mafia to be defeated. Peter Maas tells Gravano's tale and takes us into the Cosa Nustra's secret underground, where power, greed, betrayal and deception lurk.