October 1997 calendar

October 1997

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1997?


  • 01 Oct 1997 Carolina Hurricanes 1st game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 02 Oct 1997 One million men gather for Promise Keepers' ampquotStand in the Gapampquot event in Washington, DC.
  • 03 Oct 1997 Carolina Hurricanes 1st home game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 04 Oct 1997 Farm Aid 10 concert cancelled due to weak ticket sales
  • 05 Oct 1997 35th Tennis Federation Cup: France beats Netherlands 4-1 in Den Bosch (Netherlands)
  • 09 Oct 1997 ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • 10 Oct 1997 An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
  • 11 Oct 1997 Dennis Rodman returns from 2nd longest NBA suspension (11 games)
  • 12 Oct 1997 David Duval wins Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Golf Club
  • 14 Oct 1997 Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves 4 games to 1 in NLCS
  • 15 Oct 1997 Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 2 in ALCS
  • 16 Oct 1997 Side Show, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • 19 Oct 1997 Annie, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 20 Oct 1997 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 21 Oct 1997 Cleveland Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game
  • 22 Oct 1997 2nd longest 9 inning World Series game (4:12) as Marlins and Indians were tied 7-7 going into the 9th, Mariners win 14-11
  • 23 Oct 1997 Triumph of Love, opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • 24 Oct 1997 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • 25 Oct 1997 After a brief civil war which has driven President Pascal Lissouba out of Brazzaville, Denis Sassou-Nguesso proclaims himself the President of the Republic of the Congo.
  • 26 Oct 1997 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • 27 Oct 1997 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161
  • 28 Oct 1997 NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league
  • 30 Oct 1997 Cherry Orchard, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 31 Oct 1997 19-year-old British au pair Louise Woodward, convicted by a Cambridge, Massachusetts, jury of second-degree murder the day before, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 04 Oct 1997 The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs in North Carolina.
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Music charts

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

  1. - 4 Seasons Of Loneliness
  2. - Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  3. - Candle In The Wind 1997
  4. - Honeyyoutube
  5. - You Make Me Wanna..

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Men In Black
  2. - Something About The Way You Look / Candle In The Wind
  3. - Sunchyme
  4. - Tubthumping
  5. - The Drugs Don't Work


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1997?

Book by Whoopi Goldberg



This hilarious, thought-provoking volume is full of Whoopi's wit, wisdom, and bizarre personal observations. This is Whoopi's world as she treats her many fans to her opinions on everything, from fame to welfare reform and the presidency to growing up …

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Deja Dead


The first Temperance Brennan novel is part of the "cleverly planned and expertly maintained series" (The New York Times Book Review), by Kathy Reichs, #1 international bestselling thriller author.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook


Sometimes a love story captures our hearts so much that it becomes more than just a story. It becomes an experience we will never forget. The Notebook is one such book.

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.

Flood Tide by Clive Cussler

Flood Tide


AN UNDERWATER GRAVEYARD in THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST...A MYSTERIOUS SEAPORT INSIDE THE LOUISIANA BAYOUS...A DIABOLICAL PLAT TO DESTROY AMERICA DIRK PITTA(r), a NUMA agent, rescues a beautiful, undercover agent from an arduous underwater operation at Orion Lake just north of Seattle. …