What Happened on December 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding 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
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