Historical Events in 1997 (Part 4)

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Album Release

Sep 29 Robbie Williams releases his first solo album "Life thru a Lens" features single "Angels"

  • Sep 30 "Too Close" single released by Next (Billboard Song of the Year, 1998)
  • Sep 30 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits

Historic Event

Sep 30 John Howard's Australian government gun buy back scheme ends with more than 640,000 firearms compulsorily acquired, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns

  • Sep 30 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4

Baseball Record

Sep 30 New York Yankees Tim Raines, Derek Jeter & Paul O'Neill are 1st to hit 3 consecutively homers in post season (Yanks beat Cleveland Indians 8-6)

  • Oct 1 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • 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 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 1 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • 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 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

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 4 Farm Aid 10 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Steve Earle, and The Allman Brothers [1]

  • 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 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • 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 10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74

Sports History

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

  • 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 US Representative Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances

Historic Event

Oct 18 The groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I in Bilbao, Spain

  • 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 Cleveland outfielder Marquis Grissom records a hit in his 15th straight World Series game; second longest 9 inning WS game (4:12) as Florida Marlins beat Indians, 14-11
  • Oct 22 Cleveland outfielder Marquis Grissom's World Series hitting streak ends after 15 games as Indians rout Florida 10-3 in coldest ever WS game (38°F)
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon

Historic Event

Oct 22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler to an under-age buyer in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati, Ohio

Sports History

Oct 22 NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky's wife Janet is knocked unconscious and gets 2 stitches after plexiglass falls on her watching a game

  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11
  • 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 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
  • 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 26 Baseball World Series: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Liván Hernández

Sports History

Oct 26 Jacques Villeneuve finishes 3rd in European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain; first Canadian to win F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 39 points from Michael Schumacher

  • Oct 27 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161

Historic Event

Oct 27 Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment's semiconductor manufacturing operation 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
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Film Premiere

Nov 1 "Titanic" directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Academy Awards Best Picture 1998)

Sports History

Nov 1 Expanded Negro Leagues Museum and the new American Jazz Museum open in Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine district

  • Nov 1 Louisiana State University running back Kevin Faulk rushes for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington
  • Nov 1 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • Nov 2 "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances
  • Nov 2 Eric Metcalf of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: John Kagwe of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:12; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland women's champion in 2:28:43

Television Premiere

Nov 2 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters premieres on ABC-TV

  • Nov 2 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam

Sports History

Nov 3 American racing legend Bill Shoemaker retires from thoroughbred training with a 90 winners from 713 start record; rode record 8,833 winners as a jockey, before becoming a trainer in 1990

  • Nov 3 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra becomes 6th player to be unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year; leads AL in hits (209), triples (11), multi-hit games (68); also sets AL rookie-record with 30-game hitting streak
  • Nov 3 British TV comedy "I'm Alan Partridge" starring Steve Coogan premieres on BBC Two
  • Nov 3 California law ends affirmative action

Album Release

Nov 4 Mercury Nashville Records releases "Come On Over", the 3rd studio album by Shania Twain (Billboard Album of the Year, 1999)

  • Nov 5 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year

Film & TV History

Nov 5 French court orders producer Jacques Charrier, ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, to pay the former screen star $8,300 in damages

  • Nov 6 "Proposals" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Nov 6 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year

Film Release

Nov 7 "Bean" film directed by Mel Smith and starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean opens in the US

  • Nov 8 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Countess Diana, Elmhurst, Ajina, Spinning World, Favorite Trick, Chief Bearhart, Skip Away
  • Nov 8 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
  • Nov 9 "Cherry Orchard" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 9 "Scarlet Pimpernel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • Nov 10 "Jackie - An American Life" opens at Belasco Theater NYC

Historic Event

Nov 10 Artist Peter Max pleads guilty to tax fraud & time served

  • Nov 10 Nanny Louise Woodward murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter

Sports History

Nov 11 Canadian based players win Cy Young Awards for best MLB pitcher; Toronto Blue Jays' Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Award; Pedro Martinez of Montreal Expos takes NL Award

  • Nov 11 CBS News anchor Dan Rather renews his contract to 2002
  • Nov 11 NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000) announce team’s name would be “Blue Jackets” after soldiers in the Union army during the American Civil War
  • Nov 11 WNBA announces franchises in Detroit (Shock) and Washington D.C. (Mystics) would join the League as expansion teams for the 1998 season
  • Nov 12 Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004
  • Nov 13 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq
  • Nov 14 Colo Rockie Larry Walker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Disney's "Lion King" sets Broadway record of $2,700,000 daily sale
  • Nov 15 19th ACE Cable Awards: Nickelodeon wins the Golden Cable ACE for "The Big Help"
  • Nov 16 "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 16 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • Nov 16 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

Nov 16 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

  • Nov 16 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: heavily favoured defending champion Toronto Argonauts beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 47-23
  • Nov 17 In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).

Hall of Fame

Nov 17 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame

  • Nov 18 "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture" album is released by Sony Music Soundtrax

Music History

Nov 18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe

  • Nov 18 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • Nov 18 FBI says no evidence of foul play in 1996 TWA 800 crash
  • Nov 18 Mavericks' A C Green ties Randy Smith's NBA record of 906 cons games
  • Nov 18 Rare black pearl necklace auctioned for record $902,000
  • Nov 18 Willem de Kooning painting "Two Standing Women" sold for $4,182,500
  • Nov 19 "Eugene Onegin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 "Old Neighborhood" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy.
  • Nov 19 STS 87 (Columbia 24) launches into orbit
  • Nov 20 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances

Sports History

Nov 20 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

  • Nov 20 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq
  • Nov 20 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
  • Nov 20 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
  • Nov 20 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 20 Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • Nov 22 62nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 18-17 in Auburn

Sports History

Nov 23 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3

  • Nov 24 "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 79 performances

Album Release

Nov 25 "Sevens" 7th studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Collaboration with Vocals 1998, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

  • Nov 25 US telephone technician Richard Bliss arrested for spying in Russia
  • Nov 26 Wash Capitals final game at USAir Arena, retire Rod Langway's #5
  • Nov 27 Lions' Barry Sanders becomes NFL's 2nd all-time rusher
  • Nov 27 Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
  • Nov 28 Final episode of "Beavis & Butt-head" on MTV
  • Nov 28 First public appearance of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an ethnic Albanian guerrilla group that fought for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia.
  • Nov 29 OPEC agrees to an increase in its production ceiling. OPEC has raised the ceiling to 27.5 million barrels per day for the first half of 1998
  • Nov 29 USAir Arena closes, hosting Wash Wizards
  • Nov 30 "Eugene Onegin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 30 86th Davis Cup: Sweden sweeps US in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • Dec 1 Golden State Warriors NBA guard Latrell Sprewell assaults head coach P.J. Carlesimo; suspended for 10 games
  • Dec 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • Dec 1 In their 81st season, Montreal Canadiens become first team in history to play 5,000 NHL games; host the Penguins but lose, 1-0; franchise record 2,625-1,603-772 with .620 winning percentage
  • Dec 1 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS
  • Dec 2 For only the second time in English Football League history, 5 players are sent from the field; 4 Bristol Rovers players and 1 from Wigan are dismissed in the Division 2 match at JJB Stadium; four of the red cards come in 45th minute
  • Dec 2 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • Dec 3 "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Dec 3 Golden State Warriors terminates guard Latrell Sprewell's four-year, $32 million NBA contract for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • Dec 4 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Dec 4 NBA suspends former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • Dec 4 Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan
  • Dec 5 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • Dec 5 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • Dec 6 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29

Music History

Dec 8 Revival of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys", starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randell, opens at Lyceum Theater, NYC; runs for 230 performance

Film Premiere

Dec 9 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

  • Dec 11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • Dec 11 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • Dec 12 Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris

Film & TV History

Dec 12 Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

  • Dec 12 Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
  • Dec 12 Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • Dec 12 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • Dec 12 SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages
  • Dec 12 TWA 800 hearings end
  • Dec 13 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

Sports History

Dec 14 Phoenix Coyote winger Mike Gartner becomes 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

Theater Premiere

Dec 14 Revival of Arthur Miller's dramatic play "A View From the Bridge", starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney, and Brittany Murphy. opens at the Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 239 performance, wins 2 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

Film Premiere

Dec 15 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Sports History

Dec 15 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

Historic Event

Dec 16 US President Bill Clinton names his Labrador retriever "Buddy"

  • Dec 18 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium
  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • Dec 22 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
  • Dec 22 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • Dec 22 Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA

Music History

Dec 22 MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation

Sports History

Dec 22 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Sports History

Dec 22 Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

Film Release

Dec 23 "As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt

  • Dec 23 A Channukah candle is officially lighted in Vatican City for the 1st time to celebrate Hanukkah and to reconcile Roman Catholics and Jews [1]

Football Awards

Dec 23 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona/Inter's Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane

Sports History

Dec 23 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

NHL Record

Dec 23 Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

  • Dec 23 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • Dec 23 US Agriculture Department estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18
  • Dec 24 The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Dec 24 The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • Dec 25 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

Television Finale

Dec 25 Jerry Seinfeld announces the final season of his TV show "Seinfeld" will air the following year

  • Dec 26 The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.
  • Dec 27 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
  • Dec 28 Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship