December 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 GS Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, attacks his coach P J Carlesimo
  • Dec 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • Dec 4 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
  • Dec 5 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • Dec 11 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • Dec 11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • Dec 12 Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris
  • Dec 12 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • Dec 12 Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • Dec 12 SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages
  • Dec 12 TWA 800 hearings end

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 President Clinton names his Labrador retriever "Buddy"

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Dec 18 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • Dec 22 Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
  • Dec 22 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5
  • Dec 22 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.
  • Dec 23 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • Dec 23 US Agriculture Dept estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
  • Dec 24 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
  • Dec 24 The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • Dec 24 The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Dec 26 The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • Dec 27 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
  • Dec 28 Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship
  • Dec 29 Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30
  • Dec 29 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
  • Dec 29 Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • Dec 29 Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
  • Dec 30 An abandoned building collapses on NY's 42nd St, no one hurt
  • Dec 30 In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, the Wilaya of Relizane massacres, 400 people are killed from four villages.
  • Dec 31 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • Dec 31 Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • Dec 31 More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • Dec 31 Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • Dec 31 South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 10 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (59) divorces Linda Joan Bork after 38 years of marriage

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Denis Gerald Barrington, artist, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • Dec 3 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • Dec 4 David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Colin Franklin, doctor, dies at 67
  • Dec 5 Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer, dies at 93
  • Dec 6 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • Dec 12 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer, restaurateur, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Owen Barfield, philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • Dec 14 Robert Sutton, electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • Dec 17 Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86
  • Dec 19 David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52
  • Dec 19 Masaru Ibuka, co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • Dec 20 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • Dec 21 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Douglas Ranger, surgeon, dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • Dec 22 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 23 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • Dec 23 Brian Malzard Foss, psychologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 James Komack, producer (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Pierre Péladeau, Quebec businessman, founder of Quebecor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 25 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director, dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • Dec 26 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 John Whitley, air-Marshal, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 27 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 27 Ewart G Abner Jr, president (Motown Records), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Tom Hudson, artist/teacher, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • Dec 28 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • Dec 29 Robert Steel, academic, dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • Dec 31 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dec 31 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39