On This Day

Events in History in 1997 (Part 2)

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  • Jul 10 RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in new ads
  • Jul 10 Spain, Partido Popular member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests
  • Jul 13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 22 "One Piece", world's best-selling manga and comic series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda first appears serialized in "Weekly Shōnen Jump" in Japan
  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 25 K. R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit, formerly called "untouchable" to hold the office
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos

  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 3 Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • Aug 4 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • Aug 4 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline
  • Aug 5 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • Aug 5 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • Aug 5 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
  • Aug 6 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • Aug 7 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • Aug 7 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • Aug 8 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • Aug 9 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • Aug 11 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • Aug 13 South Park's first episode is aired.
  • Aug 14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals
  • Aug 14 Soyuz TM-25 lands

  • Aug 15 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts
  • Aug 19 STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands
  • Aug 20 Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • Aug 21 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • Aug 21 US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
  • Aug 24 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)
  • Aug 25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • Aug 26 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • Aug 28 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • Aug 29 At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • Aug 31 Last episode of Rolanda airs

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Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Sep 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM and in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • Sep 3 A Vietnam Airlines Tupolev TU-134 crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.
  • Sep 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Louisville KY on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • Sep 6 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London
  • Sep 7 The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.
  • Sep 9 Sinn Féin accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament
  • Sep 10 Discovery buys Travel Channel for $20 million
  • Sep 11 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
  • Sep 12 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program

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Sep 13 Mother Teresa's State Funeral held in India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 13 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 Chicago Whites Sox retire Carlton Fisk's #72
  • Sep 15 Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M

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Sep 15 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name

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Sep 16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Sep 17 Dr Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test

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Sep 18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Sep 18 Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
  • Sep 19 Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
  • Sep 21 Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
  • Sep 22 Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual charges
  • Sep 22 Bentalha massacre in Algeria; over 200 villagers killed
  • Sep 24 Drug kingpin Ramon Arellano Felix placed on FBI's 10 most-wanted list
  • Sep 25 "ER" is performed live on TV
  • Sep 25 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • Sep 25 Marv Albert plea bargains in assault case
  • Sep 25 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit
  • Sep 26 An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse
  • Sep 29 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
  • Sep 30 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
  • Sep 30 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4

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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

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • 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 rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud
  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • 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

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

Architect Frank Gehry
Architect
Frank Gehry
King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

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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

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Oct 27 Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment for $700 million

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 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)
  • Nov 2 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
  • Nov 3 California law ends affirmative action
  • Nov 5 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year

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

Psychedelic Artist Peter Max
Psychedelic Artist
Peter Max
  • Nov 10 Nanny Louise Woodward murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter
  • Nov 12 Pedro Martinez wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 13 Ken Griffey Jr unanimously wins AL MVP
  • Nov 13 UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq
  • Nov 14 Colo Rockie Larry Walker wins NL MVP

  • Nov 15 19th ACE Cable Awards: Nickelodeon wins the Golden CableACE for "The Big Help"
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Nov 18 FBI says no evidence of foul play in 1996 TWA 800 crash
  • Nov 18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe
  • 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 STS 87 (Columbia 24) launches into orbit
  • Nov 19 McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy.
  • 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 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 25 US telephone technician Richard Bliss arrested for spying in Russia
  • Nov 27 Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
  • 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
  • Dec 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Davenport IA on KORB 93.5 FM
  • 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 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 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • Dec 11 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • Dec 11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • Dec 12 Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary", goes on trial in Paris
  • 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 SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages
  • Dec 12 TWA 800 hearings end

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Dec 18 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium
  • Dec 22 Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
  • Dec 22 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

  • 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 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 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
  • Dec 24 The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
  • Dec 24 The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 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
  • Dec 29 Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30
  • Dec 29 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
  • Dec 29 Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • Dec 29 Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
  • Dec 30 An abandoned building collapses on NY's 42nd St, no one hurt
  • Dec 30 In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, the Wilaya of Relizane massacres, 400 people are killed from four villages.
  • Dec 31 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • Dec 31 Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • Dec 31 More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • Dec 31 Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • Dec 31 South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head