On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • 72 year-old Marv Levy retires as coach of the NFL Buffalo Bills after 12 seasons, including 4 consecutive losing Super Bowl appearances
  • Buffalo's Czech NHL goalie Dominik Hasek stops 36 shots for his 27th career shutout in Sabres' 3-0 win over Ottawa Senators; his 6th shutout in month of December; first since George Hainsworth in 1928-29 to achieve the feat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

"The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

LoveWedding of Interest

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands

Actress Helen Mirren
Actress
Helen Mirren

Famous Deaths

  • 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96
  • Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39