December 31, 1997 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

Deaths in History

  • 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39