What Happened on November 16, 1997

Historical Events

  • 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

Sports History

American tennis great Pete Sampras wins back-to-back ATP Tour World Championship titles with a 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 over Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Hanover, Germany

  • CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: heavily favoured defending champion Toronto Argonauts beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 47-23
  • Revival of Sherman Edwards' historical musical "1776", featuring Brent Spiner, closes at the Criterion Theater to transfer to the George Gershwin Theatre, NYC
1997 History

Famous Deaths

  • George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • Headley Keith, South African cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 21.19; Natal), dies at 70

About November 16, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 6 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • UK #1 Song: Barbie Girl - Aqua