On This Day

Year 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 29 Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories
  • Jun 30 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong, established by the Second Convention of Peking, expires
  • Jul 1 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
  • Sep 16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO
  • Dec 11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • Dec 29 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
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Historical Marriages

  • Jun 21 Princess Zahra Aga Khan (26) weds businessman Mark Boyden at the Chateau de Chantilly in Paris
  • Jul 28 Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas
  • Aug 28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Historical Divorces

  • Dec 10 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (59) divorces Linda Joan Bork after 38 years of marriage