What Happened on December 22, 1997

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
  • Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
  • Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Famous Deaths

  • Douglas Ranger, surgeon, dies at 81
  • Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64