October 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • 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 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 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 10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74
  • 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 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 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 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn

Event of Interest

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

  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon

Event of Interest

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

  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11
  • Oct 23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage
  • Oct 23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • 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 27 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161

Event of Interest

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 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 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 12 Boris, Prince of Bulgaria, born in Madrid, Spain

Deaths in History

  • 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 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 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

Harold RobbinsHarold Robbins (1916-1997)

Oct 14 American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), dies at 81

  • Oct 16 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific; Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 23 Luther Simjian, Armenian-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 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 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Oulton, British Royal Air Force officer, dies at 86