Historical Events in December 1997

  • 1st GS Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, attacks his coach P J Carlesimo
  • 1st Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • 1st Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS
  • 2nd MCI Center opens in Wash DC, Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • 3rd "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • 3rd Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo
  • 4th "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
  • 4th NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach
  • 4th Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan
  • 5th 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • 5th STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • 6th 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29
  • 7th Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
  • 8th 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win

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9th "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

  • 11th "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • 11th Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • 11th Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a United Nations climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement on a protocol to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases; the protocol commita nations to roll back greenhouse gase emissions below 1990 levels
  • 12th Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris
  • 12th Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • 12th Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • 12th Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • 12th SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages
  • 12th TWA 800 hearings end

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12th Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • 13th 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)
  • 14th "View From the Bridge" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC
  • 14th Juli Inkster & Dottie Pepper win LPGA Diners Club Matches

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14th Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner

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15th SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

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16th President Clinton names his Labrador retriever "Buddy"

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 18th HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 19th MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
  • 21st Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 21st Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • 22nd Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • 22nd Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
  • 22nd Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5
  • 22nd 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.

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23rd Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

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23rd Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 23rd Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • 23rd US Agriculture Dept estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
  • 24th 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
  • 24th The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • 24th The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 25th For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

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25th Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 26th The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • 27th Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
  • 28th Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship
  • 29th Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30
  • 29th Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
  • 29th Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • 29th Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
  • 29th Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats New Zealand by 5 wickets
  • 30th An abandoned building collapses on NY's 42nd St, no one hurt
  • 30th In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, the Wilaya of Relizane massacres, 400 people are killed from four villages.
  • 31st Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • 31st Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • 31st Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service
  • 31st More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • 31st Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • 31st South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head
  • 31st 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18