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What Happened in 1997

Important Events in 1997

  • Apr 29 Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories
  • Jun 9 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jul 1 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • Sep 16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO
  • Dec 11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • Dec 29 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu

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1997 in Film & TV

1997 in Music

  • Aug 9 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Did You Know?

Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

On February 23, 1997


Famous People in 1997

World Leaders in 1997

Would You Believe?

McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy.

On November 19, 1997

Famous Weddings in 1997

  • Jan 4 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jan 4 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas
  • Feb 1 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton

Famous Divorces in 1997

  • Jan 27 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage
  • Jun 24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage
  • Jun 25 "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) divorces actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 months of marriage

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