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

Music History

MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation

Sports History

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

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

1997 History

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

About December 22, 1997

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 2 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • UK #1 Song: Too Much - Spice Girls