With the 20th Century coming to a close and a new century on the horizon, the year 1997 was full of notable events.
There was one highly notable event in the field of literature this year – J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the United Kingdom. It was Rowling’s debut novel and it was the first book in the famous Harry Potter series. This fantasy series of seven books became a global phenomenon, launching a massively popular franchise of film adaptations, prequels, and even theme park attractions.
In the field of television, The Simpsons aired its 167th episode, making it the longest running animated series in history. This was the year that Australian animal expert Steve Irwin’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, premiered. 1997 was also the year that the famous animated series, South Park, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, made its debut on Comedy Central. The show quickly became a national, and international, sensation and steadily developed into a great medium of social satire and commentary on life in America.
There was a very important scientific advancement made this year as well. Scientists in Scotland announced the first cloned mammal, cloned from an adult cell: a sheep called Dolly. While the announcement sparked intense debate on the ethical limits of science in general, and on cloning in particular, the significance of the achievement is undeniable.
While there were many noteworthy events this year, 1997 will no doubt always be remembered, in part, due to two major deaths that shook the world. This was the year that Diana, Princess of Wales, and wife of Charles, Prince of Wales (Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest child and heir apparent) died tragically in an automobile crash. Diana had captured the imagination of the world with her beauty, grace, and her prolific charity work. Another passing also shook the world. This was the year that Mother Teresa of Calcutta died after struggling with heart problems for many years. Mother Teresa was known around the world for her piety and especially for her charity work in some of the most impoverished corners of the world. The Roman Catholic Church canonized her as a saint in 2016, and she officially became Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 70th edition of the Oscar ceremony
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1997?
Which were the most popular books released in 1997 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1997
- International Campaign to Ban Landmines
- Jody Williams
- Dario Fo
- Steven Chu
- Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
- William Daniel Phillips
- Robert C. Merton
- Myron Scholes
- Paul D. Boyer
- John E. Walker
- Jens Christian Skou
Physiology or Medicine
- Stanley B. Prusiner
Which were the top hits of 1997?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live
- Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
- The Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
- Usher - You Make Me Wanna..
- Puff Daddy & Faith Evans - I'll Be Missing You
- Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart
- Puff Daddy - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
- The Spice Girls - Wannabe
- Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack
- Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Top #1 songs in the UK
- Puff Daddy & Faith Evans - I'll Be Missing You
- No Doubt - Don't Speak
- Elton John - Something About The Way You Look / Candle In The Wind
- Various Artists - Perfect Day
- Will Smith - Men In Black
- No Mercy - Where Do You Go
- The Spice Girls - Mama / Who Do You Think You Are?
- Aqua - Barbie Girl
- Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
- White Town - Your Woman
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1997
- Total population: 5.9 billion (5,905,045,788 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 2.7 billion, that is 46.0% of the total population of 1997 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +80.4 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.38%
- Average density: 40.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1997?
- 01 Jan 1997 The Republic of Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaire.
- 02 Jan 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
- 03 Jan 1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final Today show on NBC-TV
- 05 Jan 1997 Juan Darien-Carnival Mass closes at Vivian Beaumont, New York City
- 06 Jan 1997 In Detroit, Michigan, the North American International Auto Show is held, over ten days. Chevrolet unveils the 1997 Corvette, dubbed "C5". A new small-block V-8 engine is introduced, the LS1, with 345-hp, and 10:1 compression ratio.
- 07 Jan 1997 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
- 08 Jan 1997 Intel releases the 166 MHz and 200 MHz Pentium processors with MMX multimedia extension instructions. Bus speed is 66 MHz. They incorporate 4.5 million transistors. Performance of the 200 MHz version is 350 MIPS. Code-name during development was P55C. MMX originally stood for "matrix-multiplication extensions".
- 09 Jan 1997 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
- 10 Jan 1997 Rehersal, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
- 11 Jan 1997 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
- 12 Jan 1997 17th United Negro College Fund raises
- 15 Jan 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
- 16 Jan 1997 Ennis Cosby, the 29-year-old only son of actor Bill Cosby, is killed by a gunman while changing a flat tire in Los Angeles, California.
- 17 Jan 1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely, fines him $25,000 for kicking cameraman.
- 18 Jan 1997 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
- 19 Jan 1997 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn and Geoffrey Rush
- 20 Jan 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
- 21 Jan 1997 Newt Gingrich becomes the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
- 22 Jan 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth, Successful
- 23 Jan 1997 Mir Aimal Kasi receives the death sentence for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside US Central Intelligence Agency headquarters that killed two and wounded three others.
- 25 Jan 1997 71st Australian Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis beat Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2).
- 26 Jan 1997 Ideal Husband closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
- 27 Jan 1997 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, opens at Gershwin, New York City
- 30 Jan 1997 Minuteman III launches
- 31 Jan 1997 Final Fantasy VII is released in Japan.
- 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
- 01 Mar 1997 Mandy Patinkin in Concert, opens at Lyceum Theater, New York City
- 02 Mar 1997 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia).
- 03 Mar 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
- 04 Mar 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU).
- 05 Mar 1997 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox, and Willie Wells selected for American Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 07 Mar 1997 11th Soul Train Music Awards
- 09 Mar 1997 Senior Golf Slam
- 11 Mar 1997 3rd Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
- 12 Mar 1997 Mikail Markhasev is arrested in Los Angeles, California and charged with shooting Bill Cosby's 27-year-old son, Ennis Cosby.
- 13 Mar 1997 The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.
- 14 Mar 1997 President Bill Clinton trips and tears up his knee requiring surgery.
- 16 Mar 1997 Toshiba Senior Golf Classic
- 17 Mar 1997 The Dow Jones Industrial Average removes Westinghouse Electric, Texaco Incorporated, Bethlehem Steel, and Woolworth from its index, replacing them with Travelers Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, Johnson & Johnson, and Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated.
- 18 Mar 1997 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
- 19 Mar 1997 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer (GER)
- 20 Mar 1997 Play On!, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
- 21 Mar 1997 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov (Rus)
- 22 Mar 1997 Sunset Boulevard, closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
- 23 Mar 1997 Mandy Patinkin in Concert, closes at Lyceum Theater, New York City
- 24 Mar 1997 69th Academy Awards: The English Patient, Tom Cruise and Frances McDormand win.
- 25 Mar 1997 Barrymore, opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
- 26 Mar 1997 Annie, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
- 27 Mar 1997 Young Man From Atlanta, opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
- 29 Mar 1997 Actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Lisa Rinna
- 30 Mar 1997 Southwestern Bell Dominion Senior Golf
- 31 Mar 1997 Daytime to Remember a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
- 01 Apr 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
- 03 Apr 1997 Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical, opens at Royale NYC for 109 performances
- 04 Apr 1997 DMSP Titan 2 launched
- 05 Apr 1997 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
- 06 Apr 1997 3 Sisters closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
- 07 Apr 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers Florida on WRXK 96.1 FM
- 08 Apr 1997 STS 83 (Columbia 22), lands
- 09 Apr 1997 Cleveland Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
- 11 Apr 1997 Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, from Mecca 343 die.
- 13 Apr 1997 American Daughter opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
- 14 Apr 1997 Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
- 15 Apr 1997 America On Line, begins service in Japan
- 16 Apr 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis / St. Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
- 17 Apr 1997 New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur is second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game.
- 18 Apr 1997 The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
- 19 Apr 1997 Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
- 20 Apr 1997 Gin Game, opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
- 21 Apr 1997 Ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
- 22 Apr 1997 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria : 93 villagers killed.
- 23 Apr 1997 Titanic, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
- 24 Apr 1997 Steel Peer, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
- 25 Apr 1997 Seattle Mariners' player Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th homerun.
- 26 Apr 1997 Life, opens at Barrymore Theater, New York City
- 27 Apr 1997 Little Foxes, opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
- 28 Apr 1997 Jekyll & Hyde opens at Plymouth Theater, New York City
- 29 Apr 1997 Candide, opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
- 30 Apr 1997 London Assurance, opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
- 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
- 01 Jun 1997 1st New York Women Film Festival opens
- 02 Jun 1997 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
- 06 Jun 1997 In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
- 07 Jun 1997 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
- 08 Jun 1997 Young Man From Atlanta closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
- 09 Jun 1997 Detroit Tigers bat out of order against Oakland Athletics in 1st inning
- 10 Jun 1997 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
- 11 Jun 1997 In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
- 12 Jun 1997 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
- 13 Jun 1997 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
- 15 Jun 1997 Little Foxes, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
- 16 Jun 1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson and LeAnn Rimes
- 17 Jun 1997 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000
- 19 Jun 1997 Forever Tango!, opens at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
- 20 Jun 1997 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
- 21 Jun 1997 Defending the Caveman, closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
- 22 Jun 1997 Nationwide Senior Golf Championship
- 23 Jun 1997 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
- 24 Jun 1997 4-1, Mark McGwire his a 538 foot HR
- 25 Jun 1997 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
- 26 Jun 1997 Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
- 27 Jun 1997 Walt Disney Feature Animation's thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
- 28 Jun 1997 Master Class, closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
- 29 Jun 1997 American Daughter closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
- 30 Jun 1997 Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks
- 01 Jul 1997 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield
- 02 Jul 1997 Tom Walters Sr. of Meridian, Mississippi wins powerball of US$11 million.
- 03 Jul 1997 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
- 04 Jul 1997 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
- 05 Jul 1997 104th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotna
- 06 Jul 1997 Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical, closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances
- 07 Jul 1997 The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
- 08 Jul 1997 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
- 10 Jul 1997 Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a New York Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
- 12 Jul 1997 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive gane with out being no-hit
- 13 Jul 1997 15th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Larry Gilbert
- 14 Jul 1997 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 andwounds 40
- 15 Jul 1997 In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
- 16 Jul 1997 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $266M for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harrassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
- 17 Jul 1997 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
- 20 Jul 1997 126th British Golf Open: Billy Ray Brown shoots a 271 at Royal Troon
- 21 Jul 1997 200-year-old USS Constitution sails under its own power
- 22 Jul 1997 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
- 23 Jul 1997 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
- 24 Jul 1997 Spree killer Andrew Cunanan commits suicide in a Miami houseboat.
- 25 Jul 1997 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby
- 26 Jul 1997 Apple Computer releases Mac OS 8.0 for US$99. Code-name during development was Tempo.
- 27 Jul 1997 Candide, closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
- 28 Jul 1997 Mark Messier signs with Vancouver Canucks
- 29 Jul 1997 US Senior Golf Open ends at Olympia Fields Golf Club - Illinois
- 30 Jul 1997 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
- 01 Aug 1997 Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete their merger.
- 03 Aug 1997 25th du Maurier Golf Classic: Colleen Walker wins
- 04 Aug 1997 Keenan Ivory Wayan Show, premieres on Fox TV
- 05 Aug 1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
- 06 Aug 1997 NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
- 07 Aug 1997 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
- 08 Aug 1997 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
- 09 Aug 1997 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
- 10 Aug 1997 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
- 11 Aug 1997 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
- 13 Aug 1997 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees
- 14 Aug 1997 1776, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
- 15 Aug 1997 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
- 16 Aug 1997 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
- 17 Aug 1997 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot Golf Club
- 19 Aug 1997 New York Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs. Anaheim
- 20 Aug 1997 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
- 21 Aug 1997 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
- 24 Aug 1997 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
- 25 Aug 1997 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
- 26 Aug 1997 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
- 28 Aug 1997 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
- 29 Aug 1997 At least 98 villagers are killed by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
- 30 Aug 1997 1st WNBA Championshion: Houston Comets beat the New York Liberty
- 31 Aug 1997 Gin Game, closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
- 01 Sep 1997 Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan
- 02 Sep 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
- 03 Sep 1997 Arizona Governor Fife Symington is convicted for various crimes tied to his real estate business, effectively forcing him out of office.
- 04 Sep 1997 14th MTV Awards
- 05 Sep 1997 Larry King weds Shawn Southwick
- 06 Sep 1997 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place in London. Over a million people lined the streets and 2.5 billion watched around the world on television.
- 07 Sep 1997 111th US Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Venus Williams (60 64)
- 09 Sep 1997 Sinn Fein accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament
- 10 Sep 1997 36th Walker Cup
- 11 Sep 1997 NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars.
- 12 Sep 1997 New York Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
- 13 Sep 1997 Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998
- 14 Sep 1997 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
- 15 Sep 1997 Edison International purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M
- 16 Sep 1997 ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA
- 18 Sep 1997 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame
- 19 Sep 1997 Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
- 20 Sep 1997 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
- 21 Sep 1997 Brickyard Crossing Senior Golf Championhsip
- 22 Sep 1997 Elton John releases Diana tribute Candle in the Wind 1997
- 23 Sep 1997 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)
- 24 Sep 1997 31st Country Music Association Award
- 25 Sep 1997 ER is performed live on TV
- 26 Sep 1997 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 56th HR of 1997
- 27 Sep 1997 Communications are suddenly lost with the Mars Pathfinder space probe.
- 28 Sep 1997 Emerald Coast Senior Golf Classic
- 29 Sep 1997 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Okla bombing trial begins
- 30 Sep 1997 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
- 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 (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
- 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.
- 02 Nov 1997 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
- 03 Nov 1997 Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is 6th unanimous AL Rookie of Year
- 05 Nov 1997 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns, he is named AL Manager of Year
- 06 Nov 1997 Proposals, opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
- 07 Nov 1997 Bean opens in US
- 08 Nov 1997 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
- 09 Nov 1997 Cherry Orchard, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
- 10 Nov 1997 Jackie - An American Life, opens at Belasco Theater, New York City
- 11 Nov 1997 CBS News anchor Dan Rather has renewed his contract to 2002
- 12 Nov 1997 Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004
- 13 Nov 1997 Lion King, opens at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
- 14 Nov 1997 Colorado Rockie Larry Walker wins NL MVP
- 15 Nov 1997 19th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 32 awards
- 16 Nov 1997 1776, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
- 17 Nov 1997 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
- 18 Nov 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
- 19 Nov 1997 Eugene Onegin, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
- 20 Nov 1997 Ivanov, opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
- 23 Nov 1997 Annika Sorenstam wins ITT LPGA Tour Championship
- 24 Nov 1997 Street Corner Symphony, opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 performances
- 25 Nov 1997 US telephone tech Richard Bliss, arrested for spying in Russia
- 27 Nov 1997 Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
- 28 Nov 1997 Final episode of Beavis & Butt-head, on MTV
- 29 Nov 1997 USAir Arena closes, hosting Washington Wizards
- 30 Nov 1997 Eugene Onegin, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
- 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