What Happened in 1997

Historical Events

  • Apr 29 Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories
  • Jun 30 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong, established by the Second Convention of Peking, 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 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

Did You Know?

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

On February 23, 1997

Would You Believe?

Google.com is registered as a domain name

On September 15, 1997

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Divorces

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