On This Day

What Happened on December 24, 1997

Historical Events

  • The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.

Famous Birthdays

  • Neeraj Chopra, Indian athlete (Olympic gold javelin 2020; first-ever Indian Olympic track & field gold), born in Panipat, Haryana, India

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • Pierre PĂ©ladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, dies at 72

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune

1997 Highlights

About December 24, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 9 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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