On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1997

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Release

"As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt

Sport awardFootball Awards

Ballon d'Or: Barcelona/Inter's Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Football Star and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Star and Manager
Zinedine Zidane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • US Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen

Famous Deaths

  • Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, dies at 76
  • Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • Keith Bentley, English international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
1997 Highlights

About December 23, 1997

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 22 years, 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn