What Happened in October 1997

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 1 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • Oct 1 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA forward Kevin Garnett, just 2 years out of high school, signs a record 6-year, $123 million contract extension
  • Oct 1 Zimbabwe and New Zealand tie their One Day International cricket match in Bulawayo; Black Cap tail-ender Gavin Larson is run out on last ball at 9/233 amidst crowd surging onto field; 13th ODI tie
  • Oct 1 Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne records his 250th NCAA career victory with a 67-7 drubbing of Oklahoma; Osborne, in his 25th season, reaches milestone faster than anyone (301 games)
  • Oct 2 The Bruins beat the LA Kings, 6-5 in Boston to extend their NHL opening game unbeaten streak to 11-straight years (9-0-2)
  • Oct 3 Carolina Hurricanes lose the NHL franchise's 1st home game, 4-3 vs Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum
  • Oct 3 Gordie Howie, 69, plays in 7th decade, with IHL'S Detroit Vipers
  • Oct 3 Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph
  • Oct 3 NHL games played outside North America for the first time; Vancouver Canucks beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 4 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • Oct 4 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash taken
  • Oct 5 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Den Bosch, Netherlands: Sandrine Testud wins both her singles to lead France to 4-1 win over the Netherlands; France's first title
  • Oct 5 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) lands
  • Oct 9 ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • Oct 9 Hurricane kills 123 in Acapulco Mexico

  • Oct 9 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • Oct 9 NY Rangers are 1st NHL team to open with 4 straight ties
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • Oct 10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74

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Oct 11 Dennis Rodman returns from second longest NBA suspension (11 games)

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Oct 12 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Samsung World Championship
  • Oct 12 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock
  • Oct 13 Andy Green's Jet-powered car reaches record 749.69 MPH
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • Oct 15 Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud

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Oct 15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jens Christain Skou, Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker for their work on enzymes in the body
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • Oct 19 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Oct 19 700th World Series home run (Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians)
  • Oct 20 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers
  • Oct 21 Cleve Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
  • Oct 22 Cleve Marquis Grissom World Series hitting streak ends after 15 games
  • Oct 22 Coldest World Series game Marlins vs Cleveland (38°F)

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Oct 22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11

  • Oct 22 NY Ranger Wayne Gretsky's wife Janet is knocked unconscious and gets 2 stitches after plexiglass falls on her watching a game
  • Oct 22 Second longest 9 inning World Series game (4:12) as Marlins & Indians were tied 7-7 going into the 9th, Mariners win 14-11
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon
  • Oct 23 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Oct 23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage
  • Oct 23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • Oct 23 Les Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets buys NHL's Edmonton Oilers
  • Oct 24 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • Oct 25 After a brief civil war which has driven President Pascal Lissouba out of Brazzaville, Denis Sassou-Nguesso proclaims himself the President of the Republic of the Congo.
  • Oct 25 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
  • Oct 26 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • Oct 26 Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first Baseball World Series; Florida pitcher Liván Hernández MVP
  • Oct 26 Jacques Villeneuve finishes 3rd in European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain; first Canadian to win World F1 Drivers Championship; wins by 39 points from Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 27 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161
  • Oct 27 Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment for $700 million
  • Oct 27 Microsoft argues it should be "free from government interference"
  • Oct 27 US releases a redesigned $50 bill
  • Oct 28 NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner & Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league
  • Oct 29 Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams

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Oct 30 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC
  • Oct 30 Shirley Allen, 51, held Illinois police off for 39 days captured
  • Oct 31 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 12 Boris, Prince of Bulgaria, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Oct 16 Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player (US Open 2018), born in Osaka, Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 4 MTV news anchor Tabitha Soren (30) weds "Liars Poker" author Michael Lewis (37) in Garrison, New York
  • Oct 4 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur Iñaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain
  • Oct 11 "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • Oct 12 "Malcolm X" actress Angela Bassett (39) weds actor Courtney B. Vance (38) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • Oct 3 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), dies at 98

Person of interestJohn Denver

Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 13 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company, The Relic, Ropers), dies of complications from leukemia at 79
  • Oct 16 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific, Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 16 Adam Kennedy, American actor, screenwriter, novelist ant painter (The Californians, Just Like Humphrey Bogart), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 19 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Oct 19 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • Oct 19 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), dies at 57
  • Oct 20 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), dies of heart and respiratory failure at 52
  • Oct 21 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • Oct 23 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Scooby-Doo, Bamm Bamm Rubble), dies at 62
  • Oct 24 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest personal name, dies at possibly 83 (birth date disputed)
  • Oct 28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • Oct 28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), dies from natural causes at 85
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Oulton, British Royal Air Force officer, dies at 86