Historical Events in 1997

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  • Jan 1 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20
  • Jan 3 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
  • Jan 3 Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick v England at Harare
  • Jan 3 Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series v England 3-0
  • Jan 3 The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $US27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys
  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • Jan 7 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

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Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 9 After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
  • Jan 10 "Rehersal," closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 10 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
  • Jan 10 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • Jan 10 Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits
  • Jan 10 Italy's new 1,000 lire coin shows divided Germany on map

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Jan 10 Right-winger Arnoldo Aleman sworn in as president of Nicaragua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman

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Jan 11 Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 11 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actress Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • Jan 12 17th United Negro College Fund raises
  • Jan 12 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
  • Jan 12 HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Jan 12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
  • Jan 12 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space

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Jan 12 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers 30-13
  • Jan 13 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru

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Jan 15 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Jan 15 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
  • Jan 15 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK
  • Jan 16 Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
  • Jan 17 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
  • Jan 18 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • Jan 18 In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • Jan 18 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon
  • Jan 19 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural

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Jan 19 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Jan 20 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
  • Jan 20 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • Jan 20 Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
  • Jan 20 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 21 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • Jan 22 Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 26 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 85th Men's Australian Open: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (6-2, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jan 26 85th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jan 26 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • Jan 30 Minuteman III launches
  • Feb 2 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
  • Feb 2 Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)

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Feb 2 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Feb 3 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
  • Feb 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM

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Feb 4 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 4 US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • Feb 4 En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 4 After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic

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Feb 5 OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • Feb 5 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • Feb 5 Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • Feb 5 Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • Feb 6 Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husband's sperm
  • Feb 7 US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • Feb 8 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 9 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
  • Feb 9 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
  • Feb 9 Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am
  • Feb 9 Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
  • Feb 9 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  • Feb 10 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 10 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
  • Feb 10 Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
  • Feb 10 O J Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
  • Feb 10 Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
  • Feb 10 Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991

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Feb 11 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Feb 11 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
  • Feb 12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • Feb 13 "Three Sisters" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Feb 13 Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope

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Feb 13 47th Berlin International Film Festival: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" wins the Golden Bear

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Feb 15 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
  • Feb 15 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
  • Feb 16 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
  • Feb 16 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
  • Feb 16 39th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (148.295 MPH)
  • Feb 17 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif
  • Feb 17 Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
  • Feb 19 FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
  • Feb 20 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Feb 21 "Empire Strikes Back, special edition" premieres
  • Feb 21 STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands
  • Feb 22 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open

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Feb 22 Dolly the Sheep, world's first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland

  • Feb 23 Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
  • Feb 23 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List" completely uncensored, 65M watch
  • Feb 23 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

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Feb 24 Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Feb 24 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
  • Feb 24 Qatar inaugurates the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility and formally launches Qatar Liquefied Gas Co.
  • Feb 26 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
  • Feb 27 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • Feb 27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • Feb 28 Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
  • Feb 28 FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
  • Feb 28 Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
  • Feb 28 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
  • Mar 1 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 1 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
  • Mar 2 Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters

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Mar 2 Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Mar 2 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
  • Mar 2 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
  • Mar 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • Mar 3 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • Mar 4 Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • Mar 4 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

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Mar 4 US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Mar 4 Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)
  • Mar 5 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox & Willie Wells for Hall of Fame

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Mar 6 Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Mar 7 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • Mar 7 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
  • Mar 8 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win

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Mar 9 Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • Mar 9 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • Mar 9 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68
  • Mar 10 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" created by Joss Whedon and starring Sarah Michelle Geller premieres on WB Television Network
  • Mar 11 Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space

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Mar 11 Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 11 SF Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • Mar 13 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
  • Mar 13 The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
  • Mar 14 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
  • Mar 14 Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • Mar 14 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 14 President Clinton trips & tears up his knee requiring surgery
  • Mar 14 The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
  • Mar 15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • Mar 16 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
  • Mar 16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • Mar 16 Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
  • Mar 16 Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
  • Mar 17 CNN begins spanish broadcasts
  • Mar 18 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel & Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • Mar 19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments
  • Mar 20 "Play On!" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 20 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
  • Mar 20 Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 "Sunset Boulevard" closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • Mar 22 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • Mar 23 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 23 17th Golden Raspberry Awards: Striptease wins
  • Mar 23 Betsy King wins LPGA Standard Register PING

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Mar 23 Phil Mickelson wins Bay Hill Golf Invitiational

  • Mar 23 Wrestlemania XIII in Chicago, Undertaker beats Psycho Sid for title
  • Mar 23 wins Standard Register PING

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush & Brenda Bleythn win

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • Mar 24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • Mar 25 "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • Mar 25 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • Mar 26 "Annie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 26 NHL announce Might Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 in Japan
  • Mar 26 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
  • Mar 27 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • Mar 27 Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer
  • Mar 28 "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
  • Mar 29 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • Mar 29 PBA National Championship Won by Rick Steelsmith
  • Mar 30 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion 68-59

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Mar 30 26th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 30 Steve Elkington wins Golf's Players Championship
  • Mar 30 Five (channel) Begins broadcasting in the UK
  • Mar 31 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 31 NASA's Pioneer 10 ends its mission
  • Mar 31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)
  • Apr 1 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • Apr 1 Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • Apr 1 Shell Oil confirms it will declare force majeure at its Nigerian Bonny terminal due to local protests which disrupted 210 million barrels per day of the company's oil production
  • Apr 2 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC