Historical Events for Year 1997

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Jan 1st - The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
Jan 2nd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
Jan 3rd - Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
Jan 3rd - Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick v England at Harare
Jan 3rd - Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series v England 3-0
Jan 3rd - The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
Jan 5th - "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
Jan 5th - "Love Thy Neighbor," closes at Booth Theater NYC
Jan 5th - "Show Boat," closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
Jan 6th - "It's a Slippery Slope," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
Jan 7th - Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Jan 9th - Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
Jan 10th - "Rehersal," closes at Criterion Theater NYC
Jan 10th - 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
Jan 10th - 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
Jan 10th - Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits
Jan 10th - Italy's new 1,000 lire coin shows divided Germany on map
Jan 10th - Right-winger Arnoldo Aleman sworn in as president of Nicaragua
Jan 11th - Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl
Jan 11th - Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
Talk show host Oprah WinfreyTalk show host Oprah Winfrey Jan 12th - 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
Jan 12th - 17th United Negro College Fund raises
Jan 12th - Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
Jan 12th - Chrysler-Plymouth LPGA Tournament of Champions
Jan 12th - HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Jan 12th - Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
Jan 12th - Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
Jan 12th - Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships
Golfer Tiger WoodsGolfer Tiger Woods Jan 12th - wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament Of Champions
Jan 15th - Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin
Jan 15th - Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
Jan 16th - Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
Jan 17th - NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
Jan 18th - 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
Jan 18th - In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
Jan 18th - Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
Basketball Player Dennis RodmanBasketball Player Dennis Rodman Jan 19th - 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn & Geoffrey Rush
Jan 19th - Cerebral Palsy telethon
Jan 19th - Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural
Jan 19th - Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
Jan 20th - Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
Jan 20th - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
Jan 20th - Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
Jan 22nd - Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
Tennis Player Martina HingisTennis Player Martina Hingis Jan 25th - 71st Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beat Mary Pierce (62 62)
Jan 26th - "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
Jan 26th - 85th Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (62 63 63)
Jan 26th - Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
Jan 26th - Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans
Jan 27th - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," opens at Gershwin NYC
Jan 27th - 24th American Music Award: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win
Singer-Songwriter Alanis MorissetteSinger-Songwriter Alanis Morissette Jan 30th - Minuteman III launches
Feb 2nd - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
Feb 2nd - Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
Feb 2nd - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)
Feb 2nd - Royal Caribbean Senior Golf Classic
Feb 2nd - Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games
Feb 3rd - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
Feb 3rd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM
Feb 4th - Mario LeMieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals
Feb 4th - Secretary of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
NHL Coach Scotty BowmanNHL Coach Scotty Bowman Feb 4th - En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
Feb 4th - After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
Feb 5th - OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.
Feb 5th - 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
Feb 5th - Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
Feb 6th - Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ SimpsonNFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson Feb 7th - US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
Feb 9th - 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
Feb 9th - 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
Feb 9th - Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am
Feb 9th - LG Senior Golf Championship
Feb 9th - Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
Feb 9th - Palm Beach National LPGA Pro-Am
Feb 9th - Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
Feb 10th - 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Feb 10th - 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
Feb 10th - Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
Feb 10th - O J Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
Feb 10th - Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
Feb 10th - Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991
Feb 11th - Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets
Feb 11th - STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
Feb 12th - Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
Feb 13th - "Three Sisters," opens at Criterion Theater NYC
Feb 13th - Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope
Feb 15th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
Feb 15th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
Feb 16th - At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history
Feb 16th - GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
Feb 16th - Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
Feb 16th - Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
Feb 17th - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif
Feb 17th - Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
Feb 19th - FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
Feb 20th - "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
Feb 20th - SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
Feb 21st - "Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres
Feb 21st - STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands
Feb 22nd - Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open
Feb 23rd - Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
Feb 23rd - American Express Senior Golf Invitational
Feb 23rd - Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
Feb 23rd - NBC TV shows "Schindler's List," completely uncensored, 65M watch
Feb 23rd - Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
Feb 23rd - Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng XiaopingChinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping Feb 24th - Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
Feb 24th - South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
Feb 26th - 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
Feb 27th - "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
Feb 27th - Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
Feb 28th - Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
Feb 28th - FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
Feb 28th - Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
Feb 28th - The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
Mar 1st - "Mandy Patinkin in Concert," opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
Mar 1st - 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
Mar 2nd - Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters
Mar 2nd - Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open
Mar 2nd - Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
Mar 2nd - Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
Mar 3rd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
Mar 3rd - The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
Mar 4th - Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
Mar 4th - Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton Mar 4th - President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research
Mar 4th - Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)
Mar 5th - Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox & Willie Wells for Hall of Fame
Mar 6th - Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.
Mar 7th - Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
Mar 7th - 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
Mar 8th - 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win
Artist Pablo PicassoArtist Pablo Picasso Mar 9th - Senior Golf Slam
Mar 9th - Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open
Mar 11th - Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
Mar 11th - Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II
Mar 11th - SF Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
Mar 13th - India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
Mar 13th - The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Mar 14th - 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
Mar 14th - Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
Mar 14th - Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
Mar 14th - President Clinton trips & tears up his knee requiring surgery
Mar 14th - The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
Mar 15th - Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
Mar 16th - Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
Mar 16th - NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
Mar 16th - Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
Mar 16th - Toshiba Senior Golf Classic
Mar 16th - Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.

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