Events in History in 1997

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  • Jan 1 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • Jan 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 7 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • Jan 9 After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
  • Jan 10 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
  • 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
  • Jan 11 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
  • Jan 12 Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
  • Jan 13 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru
  • Jan 15 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

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Jan 15 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jan 16 Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
  • 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.

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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 21 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • Jan 22 Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • Jan 26 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • Jan 30 Minuteman III launches
  • Feb 3 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
  • Feb 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM
  • 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
  • Feb 5 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • 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 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 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
  • Feb 11 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
  • 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

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Feb 13 Joseph Stiglitz becomes Chief Economist of the World Bank

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz
  • Feb 15 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
  • Feb 15 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
  • Feb 16 39th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (148.295 MPH)
  • 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 21 "Empire Strikes Back, special edition" premieres
  • Feb 21 STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands

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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 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)

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
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 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
  • Mar 1 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
  • 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
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Mar 7 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

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Mar 10 The PalmPilot, as developed by Jeffrey Hawkins, is released

Inventor Jeffrey Hawkins
Inventor
Jeffrey Hawkins
  • Mar 13 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
  • Mar 14 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
  • Mar 14 Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • Mar 14 President Clinton trips & injures his knee requiring surgery
  • Mar 14 The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
  • Mar 16 Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
  • Mar 18 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel & Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments
  • Mar 20 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
  • Mar 20 Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)
  • Mar 22 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
  • Mar 23 Wrestlemania XIII in Chicago, Undertaker beats Psycho Sid for title
  • Mar 24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • Mar 25 "Life After Death" 2nd studio album by The Notorious B.I.G. is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1997)
  • Mar 26 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
  • Mar 27 Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer
  • Mar 29 PBA National Championship Won by Rick Steelsmith
  • Mar 30 Five (channel) Begins broadcasting in the UK
  • Mar 31 NASA's Pioneer 10 ends its mission
  • 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 3 Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
  • Apr 4 DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • Apr 4 STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
  • Apr 5 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
  • Apr 6 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • Apr 7 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • Apr 8 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • Apr 8 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • Apr 13 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • Apr 15 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • Apr 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • Apr 15 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • Apr 17 John Bell aged 115 receives a new pacemaker
  • Apr 19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Apr 20 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • Apr 21 Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • Apr 22 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria - 93 villagers killed.
  • Apr 22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • Apr 23 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
  • Apr 27 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • Apr 29 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
  • Apr 30 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
  • Apr 30 President Clinton's daughter Chelsea chooses to attend Stanford College
  • Apr 30 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
  • Apr 30 Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April
  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.

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May 2 Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • May 6 Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
  • May 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Music releaseMusic Single

May 12 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • May 15 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16 St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
  • May 16 A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 17 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
  • May 20 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
  • May 20 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually
  • May 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • May 22 Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
  • May 24 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • May 24 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • May 25 Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games
  • May 25 A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
  • May 27 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
  • May 27 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 27 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • May 28 Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • May 28 Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
  • May 28 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • May 29 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • May 29 Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape/murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • May 29 Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

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May 30 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick.
  • Jun 1 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • Jun 1 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jun 1 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • Jun 1 Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race to settle who was the world's fastest man
  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 1 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • Jun 2 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • Jun 2 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • Jun 4 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • Jun 7 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Jun 9 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jun 10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful

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Jun 10 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Jun 13 Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • Jun 13 Red Wings Vladimir Konstantinov & Slava Fetisov hurt in car crash
  • Jun 13 American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.
  • Jun 16 The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed
  • Jun 20 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • Jun 23 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • Jun 23 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • Jun 24 Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • Jun 24 USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies
  • Jun 24 Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • Jun 25 Christies auctions off Princess Di's clothing for $5.5 million
  • Jun 25 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 25 Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful
  • Jun 25 Progress M-34 Collides with & damages Mir Space Station

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Jun 25 Danielle Steel’s romantic novel “Special Delivery” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jun 26 Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • Jun 26 U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Communications Decency Act, inconsistent with the 1st Amendment

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Jun 26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1st book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is published

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jun 28 TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant