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 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 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 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • 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 rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud
  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon
  • Oct 23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage
  • Oct 23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • Oct 24 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • 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
  • Oct 27 Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment 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 Prince Boris of Bulgaria

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 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 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
  • Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, 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 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 21 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • Oct 23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 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 Ewart Oulton, airman, dies at 86