Historical Events in 1997

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

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Jan 9th Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

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

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Jan 10th 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 11th Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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Jan 12th Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

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

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

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

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Jan 19th 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 20th Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
  • Jan 20th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • Jan 20th Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
  • Jan 20th 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 21st An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • Jan 22nd Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • Jan 26th "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 26th Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • Jan 26th Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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

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

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

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 4th US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • Feb 4th 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 4th 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 5th 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 5th 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • Feb 5th Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • Feb 5th Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • Feb 6th Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husband's sperm
  • Feb 7th US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • Feb 8th 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 9th 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
  • Feb 9th 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
  • Feb 9th Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am
  • Feb 9th Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
  • Feb 9th Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  • Feb 10th 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 10th 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
  • Feb 10th Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
  • Feb 10th O J Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
  • Feb 10th Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
  • Feb 10th Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991

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Feb 11th Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 2nd 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 2nd Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
  • Mar 2nd Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
  • Mar 3rd Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • Mar 3rd 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 4th Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • Mar 4th Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

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Mar 4th US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

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

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

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

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Mar 9th Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open

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

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Mar 11th Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II

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

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Mar 23rd Phil Mickelson wins Bay Hill Golf Invitiational

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

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

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 30th Steve Elkington wins Golf's Players Championship
  • Mar 30th Five (channel) Begins broadcasting in the UK
  • Mar 31st "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 31st Pioneer 10 ends its mission
  • Mar 31st 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)
  • Apr 1st 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • Apr 1st Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • Apr 1st 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 2nd "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC