What Happened on October 1, 1997

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • Minnesota Timberwolves NBA forward Kevin Garnett, just 2 years out of high school, signs a record 6-year, $123 million contract extension
  • 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)
  • Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74