On This Day

What Happened on December 22, 1997

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA

Sports History

Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan

Sports History

Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

Famous Deaths

  • Douglas Ranger, British surgeon, dies at 81
  • Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
1997 Highlights

About December 22, 1997

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 10 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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