What Happened in October 1997

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Carolina Hurricanes 1st game vs Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Oct 1 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • Oct 3 Carolina Hurricanes 1st home game vs Pitts Penguins
  • Oct 3 Gordie Howie, 69, plays in 7th decade, with IHL'S Detroit Vipers
  • Oct 3 Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph
  • Oct 3 Vancouver Canucks beats Mighty Ducks, 3-2 in Japan
  • Oct 4 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • Oct 4 The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
  • Oct 5 35th Tennis Fed Cup: France beats Netherlands in Den Bosch Neth (4-1)
  • Oct 5 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA CoreStates Betsy King Classic
  • Oct 5 Davis Love III wins golf's Buick challenge, shooting a 267
  • Oct 5 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) lands
  • Oct 9 ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • Oct 9 Hurricane kills 123 in Acapulco Mexico
  • Oct 9 NC's Dean Smith winningest college basetball coach retires
  • Oct 9 NY Rangers are 1st NHL team to open with 4 straight ties
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • Oct 10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74

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Oct 11 Dennis Rodman returns from 2nd longest NBA suspension (11 games)

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Oct 12 David Duval wins Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Golf Club
  • Oct 12 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Samsung World Championship
  • Oct 12 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock
  • Oct 13 Andy Green's Jet-powered car reaches record 749.69 MPH
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • Oct 15 Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud

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Oct 15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • Oct 19 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Oct 19 700th World Series home run (Sandy Alomar, Cleve Indians)
  • Oct 19 David Duval wins Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Golf Classic
  • Oct 20 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers
  • Oct 21 Cleve Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
  • Oct 22 Cleve Marquis Grissom World Series hitting streak ends after 15 games
  • Oct 22 Coldest World Series game Marlins vs Cleveland (38°F)

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Oct 22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11
  • Oct 22 NY Ranger Wayne Gretsky wife Janet is knocked unconcious & gets 2 stitches while watching the game as a plexiglass falls on her
  • Oct 22 2nd longest 9 inning World Series game (4:12) as Marlins & Indians were tied 7-7 going into the 9th, Mariners win 14-11
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon
  • Oct 23 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Oct 23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage
  • Oct 23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • Oct 23 Les Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets buys NHL's Edmonton Oilers
  • Oct 24 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • Oct 25 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.
  • Oct 25 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
  • Oct 26 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • Oct 26 MLB World Series: Florida Marlins defeat Cleveland Indians to win 4-3
  • Oct 26 48th Formula One WDC: Jacques Villeneuve wins by 39 points
  • Oct 27 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161
  • Oct 27 Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment for $700 million
  • Oct 27 Microsoft argues it should be "free from government interference"
  • Oct 27 US releases a redesigned $50 bill
  • Oct 28 NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner & Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league
  • Oct 29 Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC
  • Oct 30 Shirley Allen, 51, held Illinois police off for 39 days captured
  • Oct 31 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 12 Prince Boris of Bulgaria

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 4 MTV news anchor Tabitha Soren (30) weds "Liars Poker" author Michael Lewis (37) in Garrison, New York
  • Oct 11 "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • Oct 12 "Malcolm X" actress Angela Bassett (39) weds actor Courtney B. Vance (38) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
  • Oct 3 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, pitched consecutive no-hitters, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98

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Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 13 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), dies at 79
  • Oct 16 James Mitchner, author (Hawaii), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 16 James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18 Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 19 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Oct 21 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • Oct 23 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Don Messick, cartoon voice (Astro-Jetsons, Bamm Bamm), dies at 62
  • Oct 28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • Oct 28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Sam Fuller, director/writer (Big Red One), dies at 86
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Ewart Oulton, airman, dies at 86