1997

With the 20th Century coming to a close and a new century on the horizon, the year 1997 was full of notable events.

1997

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.

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Movies

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Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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

Country: United States of America

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Country: United States of America

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Country: United States of America

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Country: United States of America

Annamayya

Annamayya

Directed by: K. Raghavendra Rao

Starring: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Suman, Bhanupriya, Mohan Babu

Books

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The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Celestine Prophecy

By:

THE #1 BESTSELLING INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON - NOW WITH A NEW PREFACEYou have never read a book like this before -- a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever.In

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

By:

National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down."

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm

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The bestselling book that became the blockbuster film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane. In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury, boasting waves over one …

The Partner by John Grisham

The Partner

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROnce he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm—and ran for his life.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1997 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Jacob
  3. Matthew
  4. Christopher
  5. Joshua
  6. Nicholas
  7. Brandon
  8. Andrew
  9. Austin
  10. Tyler
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Jessica
  3. Ashley
  4. Sarah
  5. Hannah
  6. Samantha
  7. Taylor
  8. Alexis
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Madison
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1997?


Events

  • 01 Jan The Republic of Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaire.
  • 02 Jan Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • 03 Jan Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final Today show on NBC-TV
  • 05 Jan Juan Darien-Carnival Mass closes at Vivian Beaumont, New York City
  • 06 Jan 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 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 08 Jan 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 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
  • 10 Jan Rehersal, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 11 Jan Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
  • 12 Jan 17th United Negro College Fund raises
  • 15 Jan Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
  • 16 Jan 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 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely, fines him $25,000 for kicking cameraman.
  • 18 Jan Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 19 Jan 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn and Geoffrey Rush
  • 20 Jan Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • 21 Jan Newt Gingrich becomes the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
  • 22 Jan Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth, Successful
  • 23 Jan 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 71st Australian Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis beat Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2).
  • 26 Jan Ideal Husband closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 27 Jan Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, opens at Gershwin, New York City
  • 30 Jan Minuteman III launches
  • 31 Jan Final Fantasy VII is released in Japan.
  • 02 Feb Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus closes at Gershwin, New York City
  • 03 Feb Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM
  • 04 Feb Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • 05 Feb 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • 06 Feb Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm
  • 07 Feb US and Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • 09 Feb Fox cartoon series The Simpsons airs 167th episode in the USA, making it the longest-running animated series in cartoon history.
  • 10 Feb 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • 11 Feb STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches.
  • 12 Feb 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 Three Sisters, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski.
  • 16 Feb GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
  • 17 Feb Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena, California
  • 19 Feb US Federal Communications Commission makes available 311 for non-emergency calls and 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls.
  • 20 Feb Stanley opens at Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
  • 21 Feb Empire Strikes Back, special edition, premieres
  • 22 Feb Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open.
  • 23 Feb American Express Senior Golf Invitational
  • 24 Feb South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp.
  • 26 Feb 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck and LeAnn Rimes win.
  • 27 Feb Last Night of Ballyhoo opens at Helen Hayes Theater, New York City
  • 28 Feb Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
  • 01 Mar Mandy Patinkin in Concert, opens at Lyceum Theater, New York City
  • 02 Mar Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia).
  • 03 Mar Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • 04 Mar Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU).
  • 05 Mar Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox, and Willie Wells selected for American Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 07 Mar 11th Soul Train Music Awards
  • 09 Mar Senior Golf Slam
  • 11 Mar 3rd Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • 12 Mar Mikail Markhasev is arrested in Los Angeles, California and charged with shooting Bill Cosby's 27-year-old son, Ennis Cosby.
  • 13 Mar The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.
  • 14 Mar President Bill Clinton trips and tears up his knee requiring surgery.
  • 16 Mar Toshiba Senior Golf Classic
  • 17 Mar 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 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • 19 Mar Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • 20 Mar Play On!, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 21 Mar Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • 22 Mar Sunset Boulevard, closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • 23 Mar Mandy Patinkin in Concert, closes at Lyceum Theater, New York City
  • 24 Mar 69th Academy Awards: The English Patient, Tom Cruise and Frances McDormand win.
  • 25 Mar Barrymore, opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • 26 Mar Annie, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 27 Mar Young Man From Atlanta, opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • 29 Mar Actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Lisa Rinna
  • 30 Mar Southwestern Bell Dominion Senior Golf
  • 31 Mar Daytime to Remember a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • 01 Apr Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
  • 03 Apr Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical, opens at Royale NYC for 109 performances
  • 04 Apr DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • 05 Apr Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
  • 06 Apr 3 Sisters closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 07 Apr Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers Florida on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • 08 Apr STS 83 (Columbia 22), lands
  • 09 Apr Cleveland Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • 11 Apr Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, from Mecca 343 die.
  • 13 Apr American Daughter opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 14 Apr Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • 15 Apr America On Line, begins service in Japan
  • 16 Apr Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis / St. Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • 17 Apr New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur is second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game.
  • 18 Apr 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 Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • 20 Apr Gin Game, opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • 21 Apr Ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • 22 Apr Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria : 93 villagers killed.
  • 23 Apr Titanic, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 24 Apr Steel Peer, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 25 Apr Seattle Mariners' player Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th homerun.
  • 26 Apr Life, opens at Barrymore Theater, New York City
  • 27 Apr Little Foxes, opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • 28 Apr Jekyll & Hyde opens at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • 29 Apr Candide, opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • 30 Apr London Assurance, opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 01 May Toni Blair elected Prime Minister of the UK
  • 02 May Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy
  • 03 May 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3.
  • 04 May Sprint Titleholders LPGA Championship
  • 05 May Married With Children final episode on Fox TV
  • 06 May Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
  • 07 May Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • 08 May Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
  • 09 May First US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam.
  • 10 May Chicago Cubs turn baseball's 68th triple play (vs San Francisco Giants).
  • 11 May Play On! closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 12 May Angels scores 13 in 7th vs. White Sox
  • 13 May Eddie Murray is sixth baseball player to play in 3,000 games.
  • 14 May The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
  • 15 May STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission.
  • 16 May Brandi Sherwood, (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA.
  • 17 May Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
  • 18 May King David, opens at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
  • 19 May Millie, dog of President Bush, dies at age 12.
  • 20 May Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway / USA), Successful
  • 21 May Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • 23 May King David, closes at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
  • 24 May STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • 25 May Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic
  • 26 May Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) and Tony Womack (Pittsburgh Pirates) hit inside the park homeruns.
  • 27 May Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500
  • 28 May Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis
  • 29 May Jesse Timmedequas, found guilty of rape / murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • 30 May Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12-year-old grandson.
  • 31 May Once Upon a Matress, closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • 01 Jun 1st New York Women Film Festival opens
  • 02 Jun Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • 06 Jun In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
  • 07 Jun 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • 08 Jun Young Man From Atlanta closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 09 Jun Detroit Tigers bat out of order against Oakland Athletics in 1st inning
  • 10 Jun Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • 11 Jun In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
  • 12 Jun 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • 13 Jun 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • 15 Jun Little Foxes, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 16 Jun 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson and LeAnn Rimes
  • 17 Jun NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 19 Jun Forever Tango!, opens at Walter Kerr Theater, New York City
  • 20 Jun Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • 21 Jun Defending the Caveman, closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • 22 Jun Nationwide Senior Golf Championship
  • 23 Jun Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • 24 Jun 4-1, Mark McGwire his a 538 foot HR
  • 25 Jun Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • 26 Jun Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • 27 Jun Walt Disney Feature Animation's thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
  • 28 Jun Master Class, closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 29 Jun American Daughter closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • 30 Jun Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks
  • 01 Jul Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield
  • 02 Jul Tom Walters Sr. of Meridian, Mississippi wins powerball of US$11 million.
  • 03 Jul Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • 04 Jul US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
  • 05 Jul 104th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotna
  • 06 Jul Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical, closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances
  • 07 Jul The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
  • 08 Jul 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • 10 Jul Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a New York Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
  • 12 Jul Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive gane with out being no-hit
  • 13 Jul 15th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Larry Gilbert
  • 14 Jul Bomb in Algiers kills 21 andwounds 40
  • 15 Jul In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
  • 16 Jul Jerold Mackenzie awarded $266M for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harrassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
  • 17 Jul STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • 20 Jul 126th British Golf Open: Billy Ray Brown shoots a 271 at Royal Troon
  • 21 Jul 200-year-old USS Constitution sails under its own power
  • 22 Jul Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • 23 Jul Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • 24 Jul Spree killer Andrew Cunanan commits suicide in a Miami houseboat.
  • 25 Jul Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby
  • 26 Jul Apple Computer releases Mac OS 8.0 for US$99. Code-name during development was Tempo.
  • 27 Jul Candide, closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • 28 Jul Mark Messier signs with Vancouver Canucks
  • 29 Jul US Senior Golf Open ends at Olympia Fields Golf Club - Illinois
  • 30 Jul Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • 01 Aug Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete their merger.
  • 03 Aug 25th du Maurier Golf Classic: Colleen Walker wins
  • 04 Aug Keenan Ivory Wayan Show, premieres on Fox TV
  • 05 Aug Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 06 Aug NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
  • 07 Aug STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • 08 Aug Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • 09 Aug Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • 10 Aug 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • 11 Aug Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • 13 Aug Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees
  • 14 Aug 1776, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Aug Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 16 Aug For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • 17 Aug 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot Golf Club
  • 19 Aug New York Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs. Anaheim
  • 20 Aug Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • 21 Aug Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • 24 Aug 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • 25 Aug Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
  • 26 Aug Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 28 Aug Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • 29 Aug At least 98 villagers are killed by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • 30 Aug 1st WNBA Championshion: Houston Comets beat the New York Liberty
  • 31 Aug Gin Game, closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 01 Sep Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan
  • 02 Sep Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • 03 Sep Arizona Governor Fife Symington is convicted for various crimes tied to his real estate business, effectively forcing him out of office.
  • 04 Sep 14th MTV Awards
  • 05 Sep Larry King weds Shawn Southwick
  • 06 Sep 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 111th US Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Venus Williams (60 64)
  • 09 Sep Sinn Fein accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament
  • 10 Sep 36th Walker Cup
  • 11 Sep NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars.
  • 12 Sep New York Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
  • 13 Sep Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998
  • 14 Sep 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
  • 15 Sep Edison International purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M
  • 16 Sep ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA
  • 18 Sep Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame
  • 19 Sep Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
  • 20 Sep Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • 21 Sep Brickyard Crossing Senior Golf Championhsip
  • 22 Sep Elton John releases Diana tribute Candle in the Wind 1997
  • 23 Sep Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)
  • 24 Sep 31st Country Music Association Award
  • 25 Sep ER is performed live on TV
  • 26 Sep Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 56th HR of 1997
  • 27 Sep Communications are suddenly lost with the Mars Pathfinder space probe.
  • 28 Sep Emerald Coast Senior Golf Classic
  • 29 Sep Jury selection in Terry Nichols Okla bombing trial begins
  • 30 Sep Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
  • 01 Oct Carolina Hurricanes 1st game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 02 Oct One million men gather for Promise Keepers' ampquotStand in the Gapampquot event in Washington, DC.
  • 03 Oct Carolina Hurricanes 1st home game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 04 Oct Farm Aid 10 concert cancelled due to weak ticket sales
  • 05 Oct 35th Tennis Federation Cup: France beats Netherlands 4-1 in Den Bosch (Netherlands)
  • 09 Oct ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • 10 Oct An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
  • 11 Oct Dennis Rodman returns from 2nd longest NBA suspension (11 games)
  • 12 Oct David Duval wins Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Golf Club
  • 14 Oct Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves 4 games to 1 in NLCS
  • 15 Oct Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 2 in ALCS
  • 16 Oct Side Show, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • 19 Oct Annie, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 20 Oct Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 21 Oct 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 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 Triumph of Love, opens at Royale Theater, New York City
  • 24 Oct Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • 25 Oct 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 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • 27 Oct Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161
  • 28 Oct NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league
  • 30 Oct Cherry Orchard, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 31 Oct 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 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
  • 03 Nov Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is 6th unanimous AL Rookie of Year
  • 05 Nov 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns, he is named AL Manager of Year
  • 06 Nov Proposals, opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 07 Nov Bean opens in US
  • 08 Nov Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
  • 09 Nov Cherry Orchard, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 10 Nov Jackie - An American Life, opens at Belasco Theater, New York City
  • 11 Nov CBS News anchor Dan Rather has renewed his contract to 2002
  • 12 Nov Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004
  • 13 Nov Lion King, opens at New Amsterdam Theater, New York City
  • 14 Nov Colorado Rockie Larry Walker wins NL MVP
  • 15 Nov 19th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 32 awards
  • 16 Nov 1776, closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 17 Nov Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
  • 18 Nov Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • 19 Nov Eugene Onegin, opens at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 20 Nov Ivanov, opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • 23 Nov Annika Sorenstam wins ITT LPGA Tour Championship
  • 24 Nov Street Corner Symphony, opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 performances
  • 25 Nov US telephone tech Richard Bliss, arrested for spying in Russia
  • 27 Nov Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
  • 28 Nov Final episode of Beavis & Butt-head, on MTV
  • 29 Nov USAir Arena closes, hosting Washington Wizards
  • 30 Nov Eugene Onegin, closes at Martin Beck Theater, New York City
  • 01 Dec Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • 02 Dec MCI Center opens in Washington DC, as Washington Wizards play the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • 03 Dec 1776, opens at Gershwin Theater, New York City
  • 04 Dec Diary of Anne Frank, opens at Music Box Theater, New York City
  • 05 Dec STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • 07 Dec Amy Fruhwirth and Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic.
  • 08 Dec 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes and Spice Girls win.
  • 09 Dec 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 The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
  • 11 Dec Sunshine Boys, opens at Lyceum Theater, New York City
  • 12 Dec TWA 800 hearings end
  • 13 Dec 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB).
  • 14 Dec View From the Bridge, opens at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 15 Dec The Treaty of Bangkok is signed allowing the transformation of Southeast Asia into a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
  • 16 Dec President Clinton names his Labrador retriever, Buddy
  • 17 Dec 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 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 19 Dec MTV drops video Smack My Bitch Up by Prodigy
  • 21 Dec Lexus Senior Golf Challenge
  • 22 Dec Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • 23 Dec Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted Daughter of Mia Farrow
  • 24 Dec The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • 25 Dec Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show
  • 26 Dec The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • 27 Dec 54-car pileup on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, due to dense fog. One death, 30 injuries.
  • 28 Dec Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship.
  • 29 Dec Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • 30 Dec 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 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268