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1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1997th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 997th year of the 2nd millennium, the 97th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1990s decade.
Births[change | change source]
- February 13 - Prince Michael Jackson I, American actor, singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, record producer and voice actor
- April 1 – Asa Butterfield, English actor
- May 1 – Ariel Gade, American actress
- September 8 – Matthew Josten, American actor
- November 16 – Alex Polidori, Italian actress and younger sister of Gabriele Patriarca
- November 19 – McCaughey septuplets, famous American set of septuplets
- July 18 - Maria Nikka Feliselda, Filipina Bassist
- August 10 – Kylie Jenner, American television personality and founder of Kylie Cosmetics
Deaths[change | change source]
January – March[change | change source]
- January 9 – Edward Osobka-Morawski, Polish politician (b. 1909)
- January 10 – Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, Scottish chemist (b. 1907)
- January 10 – Sheldon Leonard, American producer, actor, director (b. 1907)
- January 12 – Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian cancer researcher (b. 1901)
- January 15 – Helenio Herrera, Argentine football manager (b. 1916)
- January 17 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
- January 19 – James Dickey, American poet and novelist (b. 1923)
- January 20 – Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
- January 21 – Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-born American celebrity manager (b. 1909)
- February 1 – Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1916)
- February 2 – Chico Science, Brazilian musician (automobile accident) (b. 1967)
- February 5 – Pamela Harriman, U.S. Ambassador to France (b. 1920)
- February 11 – Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
- February 19 – Deng Xiaoping, leader of the People's Republic of China (b. 1904)
- February 21 – Josef Posipal, German footballer (b. 1927)
- March 6 – Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
- March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (b. 1972)
- March 14 – Fred Zinnemann, American director (b. 1907)
- March 19 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch artist (b. 1904)
April – June[change | change source]
- April 5 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)
- April 7 – Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
- April 7 – Witto Aloma, Major League Baseball player (b. 1923)
- April 11 – Wang Xiaobo, Chinese writer
- April 12 – George Wald, American scientist (b. 1903)
- April 17 – Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (b. 1918)
- May 2 – John Eccles, Australian neuropsychologist (b. 1903)
- May 16 – Giuseppe De Santis, Italian movie director (b. 1917)
- May 22 – Alfred Hershey, American biochemist (b. 1908)
- May 29 – Jeff Buckley, American musician (accidental drowning) (b. 1966)
- June 2 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (b. 1908)
- June 6 – Magda Gabor, American actress (b. 1914)
- June 14 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (b. 1926)
- June 23 – Betty Shabazz, American widow of Malcolm X (b. 1936)
- June 25 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French underwater explorer and movie maker (b. 1910)
- June 26 – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
- June 29 – William Hickey, American actor (b. 1927)
July – September[change | change source]
- July 1 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
- July 2 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
- July 15 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
- July 18 – Eugene Shoemaker, American astronomer (b. 1928)
- July 24 – Frank Parker, American tennis player (b. 1916)
- August 2 – William S. Burroughs, American writer (b. 1914)
- August 4 – Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian, longest-lived human ever (b. 1875)
- August 8 – Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
- August 12 – Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
- August 23 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist (b. 1917)
- August 30 – Ernst Willimowski, Polish footballer (b. 1931)
- August 31 – Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1961)
- August 31 – Dodi al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (b. 1955)
- September 5 – Mother Teresa, Albanian nun and missionary (b. 1910)
- September 7 – Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (b. 1930)
- September 9 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)
- September 18 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer (b. 1920)
- September 29 – Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b. 1923)
October – December[change | change source]
- October 5 – Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
- October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
- October 16 – James A. Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
- October 22 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
- October 30 – Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (b. 1912)
- November 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian musician (b. 1960)
- November 25 – Hastings Banda, 1st President of Malawi (b. 1907)
- December 1 – Stephane Grappelli, French violinist (b. 1908)
- December 7 – Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (b. 1942)
- December 18 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)
- December 20 – Juzo Itami, Japanese movie director (b. 1933)
- December 27 – Billy Wright, Northern Irish paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
Events[change | change source]
January[change | change source]
- January 1 – Kofi Annan becomes Secretary-General of the UN.
- January 8 – Mister Rogers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- January 9 – Yachtsman Tony Bullimore is found alive five days after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean.
- January 18 – In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound 1 other.
- January 19 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
- January 20 – Bill Clinton starts his second term as President of the United States.
- January 21 – Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
- January 22 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first female secretary of state after confirmation by the United States Senate.
- January 23 – Mir Aimal Kasi receives the death sentence for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters that killed 2 and wounded 3 others.
- January 27 – It is revealed that French museums had nearly 2,000 pieces of art that were stolen by Nazis.
- January 28 – Clive Davis receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
February[change | change source]
- February 22 – Scientists in Scotland announce the cloning of Dolly, born on July 5, 1996.
- February 23 – A small fire occurs on the Mir space station.
- February 27 – Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland.
March[change | change source]
- March 6 – Guyana's President Cheddi Jagan dies in office.
- March 22 – At age 14, Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest figure skating world champion.
- March 24 – The movie The English Patient wins an Academy Award for best picture.
April[change | change source]
May[change | change source]
- May 1 – Tony Blair of the Labour Party is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a landslide victory over the Conservatives, who lose all of their seats in Scotland and Wales, and lose power after 18 years in Government.
- May 3 – Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom.
- May 10 – An earthquake in northeastern Iran kills 2400 people.
- May 16 – Mobutu Sese Seko leaves Zaire.
- May 17 – Laurent Kabila's troops enter Kinshasa, as Zaire changes its name to Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- May 23 – Mohammad Khatami is elected President of Iran.
June[change | change source]
- June 13 – Timothy McVeigh is sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 25 – The town of Plymouth on the Caribbean island of Montserrat is evacuated as the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts.
- June 26 – Bertie Ahern becomes Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.
July[change | change source]
- July 1 – The United Kingdom hands control of Hong Kong back to the People's Republic of China.
- July 15 – Fashion designer Gianni Versace is shot dead in Florida by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.
- July 25 – K. R. Narayanan becomes President of India.
August[change | change source]
- August 4 – Jeanne Calment dies after a record human lifespan of 122 years and 164 days.
- August 6 – Korean Air Flight 801 crash lands on the island of Guam, killing 228 people.
- August 31 – Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi al-Fayed and their driver Henri Paul are killed in a car crash in Paris.
September[change | change source]
- September 5 – The 2004 Summer Olympics are awarded to Athens, Greece.
- September 6 – The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place at Westminster Abbey in London. It is watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.
- September 11 – Voters in Scotland approve the creation of their own regional parliament in a referendum.
- September 18 – Voters in Wales approve the creation of their own Assembly in a referendum.
- September 26 – The regions of Umbria and Marche in Italy are hit by a strong earthquake.
- September 26 - An Airbus A300 of Garuda Indonesia Airlines crashes in Medan, Sumatra, killing all 234 people on board.
October[change | change source]
- October 15 – NASA launches the Cassini-Huygens probe to Saturn.
- October 16 – The New York Times' first colour photographs appear.
November[change | change source]
- November 11 – Mary McAleese is chosen to succeed Mary Robinson as President of the Republic of Ireland, marking the first-ever woman to woman Presidential transfer.
- November 17 – 62 people are killed by Islamist terrorists in Luxor, Egypt.
December[change | change source]
- December 11 – The Kyoto protocol is approved by a UN committee.
- December 19 – Janet Jagan becomes President of Guyana, succeeding her deceased husband, Cheddi Jagan.
- December 19 – James Cameron's movie Titanic is released in the US.
Other significant events[change | change source]
- Algerian Civil War: Hundreds of people are killed in massacres throughout the year.
Nobel Prizes[change | change source]
- Chemistry: Paul D. Boyer, John E. Walker, Jens C. Skou
- Economics: Robert C. Merton, Myron C. Scholes
- Literature: Dario Fo
- Nobel Peace Prize: International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jody Williams
- Physics: Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, William D. Phillips
- Medicine: Stanley B. Prusiner
Movies Released[change | change source]
- Air Force One
- As Good as It Gets
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Batman & Robin
- Cop Land
- Con Air
- Fire Down Below
- Good Will Hunting
- Home Alone 3
- Into Thin Air
- L.A. Confidential
- Liar Liar
- Men in Black
- Mononoke Hime
- My Best Friend's Wedding
- Suicide Kings
- The Fifth Element
- The Full Monty
- The Ice Storm
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- The Rainmaker
- The Sweet Hereafter
- Tomorrow Never Dies
- U Turn
- Power Rangers Turbo: The Movie
New books[change | change source]
- American Pastoral – Philip Roth
- Are You Experienced? – William Sutcliffe
- Barney's Version – Mordecai Richler
- The Best Laid Plans – Sidney Sheldon
- The Bible Code – Michael Drosnin
- Budgie: The Little Helicopter – Sarah Ferguson
- Cat & Mouse – James Patterson
- Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
- Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs – Dave Barry
- Deja Dead – Kathy Reichs
- Diana: Her True Story – Andrew Morton
- Everyday Wicca – Gerina Dunwich
- Fall On Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
- The Ghost – Danielle Steel
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – J. K. Rowling
- Hornet's Nest – Patricia Cornwell
- I Am the Most Interesting Book of All (translation) – Marie Bashkirtseff
- Instruments of Darkness – Nancy Huston
- Jingo – Terry Pratchett
- Larry's Party – Carol Shields
- Last Standing Woman – Winona LaDuke
- Moab Is My Washpot – Stephen Fry (autobiography)
- Morisson of Peking – Cyril Pearl
- Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet – Karen Armstrong
- Night Train – Martin Amis
- The Partner – John Grisham
- Pretend You Don't See Her – Mary Higgins Clark
- The Ranch – Danielle Steel
- The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
- Special Delivery – Danielle Steel
- The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
- Timequake – Kurt Vonnegut
- Toulouse-Lautrec: The Soul of Montmartre – Reinhold Heller
- Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
- Unnatural Exposure – Patricia Cornwell
- A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
- A Wiccan's Guide to Prophecy and Divination – Gerina Dunwich
Hit songs[change | change source]
- Candle in the Wind 1997 – Elton John
- "MMMBop" – Hanson
- "My Heart Will Go On" – Céline Dion
- "Wannabe" – The Spice Girls
- "A Long December" – Counting Crows
- "All By Myself" – Céline Dion
- "Bitch" – Meredith Brooks
- "Don't Speak" – No Doubt
- "Forty Six & 2" – Tool
- "Longneck Bottle" – Garth Brooks
- "Magdalene" – Lenny Kravitz
- "Silver Springs" – Fleetwood Mac
- "The Difference" – The Wallflowers
- "Volcano" – Presidents of the United States of America
- "You Were Meant For Me" – Jewel
References[change | change source]
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