On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1997

Historical Events

Film Release

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

  • A Channukah candle is officially lighted in Vatican City for the 1st time to celebrate Hanukkah and to reconcile Roman Catholics and Jews [1]

Football 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

Sports History

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

NHL Record

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

  • 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

Woody Allen

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

Famous Deaths

  • Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, dies at 76
  • Donald Gunn MacRae, British sociologist, dies at 76
  • Hrvoje Horvatic, Croatian 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? 23 years, 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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