On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1997

Historical Events

  • Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages
  • TWA 800 hearings end

Famous Deaths

  • Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
1997 Highlights

About December 12, 1997

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 10 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius