What Happened on December 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

"The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands

Famous Deaths

  • 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Floyd Cramer, pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • Lillian Billie Dove Bohney, actress, dies at 96
  • Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39